Unfortunately, along with a lot of really great information there are dozens and dozens of myths about skin care out there that need to be debunked. These myths can be more hurtful than they are helpful because people are making terrible mistakes that can wind up damaging their skin in the long run.
Here we will go over ten of the most prevalent myths that are running wild out there from gossip, to the media to just plain bad advice. This can help you to be aware of what to do to make your skin healthy and what to avoid.
The first myth to be debunked is that the best things to make your face look younger are facials, spa treatments, and microdermabrasion. This myth is one that most people actually believe because of the large number of day spas out there touting the values of facials and skin treatments for your health and to make you look much younger. Unfortunately research has concluded that at least three quarters of people who get these treatments on their faces wind up with acne breakouts, certainly the opposite of improvement in their skin as they are expecting. While most people feel good after a facial treatment, that is about all it is worth- the relaxation qualities.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion remove the top layer of skin which spa resorts claim can allow your pores to open up and breathe, but often more bacteria get into your pores. If you are doing facial treatments to clear up your skin, unfortunately it is most likely that it is a waste of money. If you are doing it purely for the relaxation aspect, you can continue to do so as long as you are not concerned with breakouts on your face.
- Skin Care Products
Another myth that involves a client unfortunately parting with too much of their money is that expensive skin care creams and cleansers are better for the health of your skin than similar products that are much cheaper. Female doctors very often use the most basic skincare products and sun block straight from the drugstore because they are aware that there is no need to spend extra money unnecessarily when you are going to get the same results.
A lot of the products that are easily affordable to most people are better than the ones that are extremely expensive. Most of the truly active components in anti- aging skin care products are the same, no matter where you buy them or how much money you spend on them. While sure, expensive products are going to work for you, so will a much cheaper option. Save your money for something that will make a difference in your life and only invest in reasonably priced skin care cleansers and creams.
- The Myth about Wrinkles
One of the major myths about wrinkles is that anti-aging skin care products as discussed in the last section are able to erase your wrinkles. Unfortunately, there is no wrinkle eraser out there that can take age lines away. Just forget that it is even possible to age backwards, because it isn’t! Most wrinkle creams are designed instead to plump up your skin by adding moisture. Don’t get the wrong idea, most of these miracle creams really will plump up your skin, but this is a temporary fix. While this of course makes your skin look better on a temporary basis, they are not taking your wrinkles away.
A product that has seen some results for wrinkle removal are topical retinol treatments. These wrinkle creams go into the skin and encourage skin cell development. Retinol can be purchased in low doses at the drug store, or you can get a prescription from your doctor for a higher strength version. These treatments can not only help with wrinkles, but they can help treat acne and reduce the looks of skin damage as well. But keep in mind they are not going to take years off of your life, and that you need to be realistic with the slight results that you will see.
Derma Beautix is another anti-wrinkle formula that not only helps the wrinkles, but it makes your face feel smoother. Derma Beautix’s main ingredients are Wheat Germ Oil and Shea Butter.
Wheat germ oil has vitamin E in it which promotes skin cell formation, and is great for nourishing and rejuvenating dry, mature, dehydrated skin, and reducing scars, stretch marks, sunburns, and damaged skin.
Shea butter has natural anti-aging properties that cause reactivation of collagen synthesis, resulting in younger looking skin and a resistance to photo aging caused by the harmful effects of the sun. Shea butter helps with preventing stretch marks, wrinkle formation, skin peeling and it keeps skin from drying out or becoming chapped or itchy and provides protection from frost bites, cold or harsh weather conditions.
- Laser Treatments
Another area where people unfortunately get confused regarding skin care treatments is that lasers can take decades off of your face. Currently there are several different laser treatments you can get and each of them does different things. While some may remove your sun spots, others might help reduce the amount or severity of your wrinkles. So while some of these lasers may actually make an impact on how you look, unfortunately they are marketed to people like they are going to erase your lines and wrinkles and make you look twenty years younger. While the lasers currently offered to clients have a much smaller number of side effects and pain, clients should understand that there is only so much that they can do. Once you have skin damage, it isn’t possible to entirely repair it, so your best bet is to stay out of the soon and wear sunscreen.
- Tanning Booth Myths
Unfortunately there are myths still out there regarding tanning booths. While most people are aware at this point that tanning booths aren’t completely and entirely safe, some people still believe that booths are safe as long as they don’t have UVB rays. Some tanning booth locations tell people they filter the ‘bad’ rays or sunburn rays, which are the UVB rays. No matter what kind of tanning bed you are in though, will expose skin to UVA rays, which go even further into your skin and can cause severe damage. This can cause skin cancer and premature aging as well, so all tanning booths are dangerous, no matter what they claim. Just because these rays are not the ones that typically cause a surface skin sunburn doesn’t mean that they aren’t damaging.
- Higher SPF Sunscreen is Best
The SPF level advertised on sunscreen lets you know the protection level from UVB rays which cause surface skin sunburn. Unfortunately many sunscreens do not protect people from the other damaging kinds of rays, the UVA and the UVC rays, which go deep into the skin and can cause cancer. So don’t focus on just a high number for your sunscreen, you also want to find one that provides protection against the other rays as well. Always choose an SPF over 15 though, even if you plan to only be outside for a brief period of time.
- Sunscreen isn’t Necessary when it’s Overcast
Even when it is cloudy or raining, UV rays can absolutely reach the earth from the sun. People seem to believe that if they can’t feel the strength of the sun or it isn’t bright outside that they are clear from the effects of sun damage. This couldn’t be further from the truth and is actually one of the most widespread myths about skin care that is repeated. You should apply sunscreen every single day, no matter what the weather may be, and you should reapply it if you are remaining outside for a long period of time.
- Makeup Myths Revealed
Similarly, do not believe the myth that if you are wearing makeup that includes sunscreen that you are covered. Women who wear foundation often benefit from a small amount of sunscreen in their makeup, but keep in mind this is a very thin level of coverage, and is most likely only provided through foundation which is on the face, but not protecting your neck and other parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. And don’t trust the number of the makeup, for example if it says SPF 30 is included. Research has shown that you’d have to put on over 10 times more makeup to reach that number than if you just wore sunscreen. This is true for both foundation and powdered makeup. So make sure to put on sunscreen every day even if you are wearing makeup.
Some people have long believed a myth that it is good for you to pop a pimple, and that getting the pus or bacteria out of your skin is good for you. While it may feel good to you to get rid of the pus and tightness that you often feel when you have a pimple, it actually causes the area to become even more inflamed and bacteria often get in and infect the area. This can also leave a scar on the surface of your skin that could be impossible to erase. Bacteria can travel underneath your skin, which is why sometimes people notice that after they’ve popped one pimple, sometimes they get another one shortly thereafter right next to where the other one was.
People shouldn’t pick and dig at their faces at all, but if you have to, you want to use an extractor- not your fingers. Don’t squeeze at the area and make it worse. If you buy an extractor at a beauty or drug store, you can often use it to apply pressure which will allow you to remove the pimple without scarring or inflammation.
- Scrubbing Eliminates Acne
Some believe that if you scrub your face enough with soap you are going to eliminate the possibility for acne and will keep your face looking healthy and young. Unfortunately, your skin needs the naturally produced oils on the face which protect your skin. If you scrub too much, you remove all of the oils and can cause rashes and further damage to your skin. So wash gently, and also use a cleanser and a moisturizer instead of a harsh soap.
There are so many myths in the world of skin care that it is difficult to know where to turn for the truth. Hopefully clarifying these ten major myths will help you understand how to better care for your skin, but if you need more information, your best route is to talk to your doctor or dermatologist for more facts.