Skin Myths And Skin Facts Behind Them
Taking skin care rewards you with radiant and healthy skin. But to achieve this, you should be aware of Skin Care Facts and Skin Myths. Does toothpaste gets rid of pimples? Does Stress cause wrinkles? Does receiving a base tan in a salon facilitate in avoiding sunburn?
Myths can put your skin on risk, like believing that toothpaste can dry out your pimple and make it disappear. Beware that bleaching and whitening ingredients which are contained in toothpaste are good for your teeth but are bad for your skin.
Keeping in view above, this article is written to help you separate the hype from reality, myths from facts. Some of these are advices you might have heard from your mother, while some others are warnings you heard from your friends, and so on. Some of these may be having medical evidence behind them and true and some others may be myths and misleading.
In this article you will find some of the proverbial skin myths and skin care facts to help your skin look at its best.
1. Myth or Fact: Junk Food, Greasy Food, Chocolates, Sweets and Fried Foods cause Acne.
Answer: It’s a Myth. These foods, like chocolates, pizza, potato chips, french fries are no doubt bad for your health as you put on pounds around your belly, thighs and hips and it is always advised to avoid them, but there is barely any evidence indicating that any of them can lead to pimples or hurt your complexion.
Provided that you are reasonably an orderly eater, you don’t have to be worried about what you are eating.
The culprit causing acne is sebum, a fatty secretion formed in the skin. When this sebum clogs your skin pores, a pimple is produced. So consuming the oils does not cause acne but when oils or grease get on your face, it can cause or aggravate your acne problem.
So your focus should be on clearing sebum away from your skin. But do not over wash your face, as over washing and drying your skin out will not help in reducing acne or pimples. Best is to exfoliate your skin to unclog pores, which is not same as simply washing your face.
2. Myth or Facts: It’s better to squeeze and pop pimple or whiteheads to take out the pus and further that popping pimples will make them vanish.
Answer: It’s a Myth. The truth is far from it. You may feel relieved to release the pus out of pimples, but at the same time a portion of it goes deeper inside your skin. When it goes in deeper, it results into aggravated inflammation that can cause scarring and spread under your skin. With the result you get another pimple with in few days, very near to the first one. Moreover squeezing pimples results into infections and scarring, as you push pus and bacteria deeper into skin.
So do not get into the habit of picking at your face. But if you must, do it in the right way. Instead of squeezing and popping your pimple, use a tool meant for this purpose called a comedone extractor. But you should be careful while using this tool and follow the instructions completely for using this tool.
3. Myth or Fact: Do not use moisturizer if you have oily skin or acne prone skin.
Answer: It’s a Myth. Even oily skin needs to be moisturized. Oil is not moisture. So oily skin also needed to be kept hydrated by using a moisturizer. Just use an oil free moisturizer in case you are having oily skin. In case of oily skin, you can also go for an oil free moisturizer with anti-aging ingredients and / or sun protection.
Avoid applying Vaseline all over your face in case of oily skin and instead use a non-comedogenic moisturizer which means such moisturizers do not clog your skin pores and cause acne.
Contrary to this myth, moisturizer can help in reducing acne break outs, as the dry skin flakes can clog your skin pores and trigger skin inflammation. Just be sure to use a moisturizer with non-comedogenic formula.
4. Myth or Fact: Toothpaste dries out pimples.
Answer: It’s a Myth. These days toothpaste contains lot of bleaching and whitening ingredients which will irritate your skin. As such they will cause more inflammation, acne breakouts and may scar your skin.
5. Myth or Fact: Stress causes wrinkles.
Answer: It’s a Fact. Stress escalates a hormone known as cortisol which decomposes collagen and leads to weakening and lessening of collagen and elastin fibers and also over activity of the oil gland. This makes your skin prone to acne and also fast aging.
6. Myth or Fact: The more expensive products give better results.
Answer: It’s a Myth. Many inexpensive products give as good results as the high quality expensive products. Most active ingredients, like wrinkle fighting retinol, peptides (small proteins which accelerate the collagen production) or antioxidant vitamin C are available in inexpensive skin-care products. Don’t fall victim to nice looking packaging. Many mass market products work better than the expensive ones, whether they are sold by a local store or a fancy boutique.
7. Myth or Fact: Scrubbing your face with soap keeps your skin healthy and protects you from acne.
Answer: It’s a Myth. Scrubbing your face with soap takes off some of the protective oils and barriers. More often you use soap, more it is harmful. Instead of soap use a mild cleanser followed by moisturizer having sunscreen.
8. Myth or Fact: Facial and microdermabrasion are important for your skin care.
Answer: It’s a Myth. Instead facial can be major cause for acne breakouts. They give you relaxation but not any long term skin benefits. Similarly, microdermabrasion simply sloughs off top layer of your skin and does not do any good to your skin.
9. Myth or Fact: Self-tanners provide protection from Sun.
Answer: It’s a Myth. Self-tanning products at the most are effective for your skin to acquire golden glow, but they are not safe enough to provide any protection from the sun.
However, there are available some self-tanners with sunscreen. They can provide you protection from sun for few hours only. More effective is to instead apply sunscreen on dry skin after you have slathered on the self-tanner.
10. Myth or Fact: Tanning beds are safe for your skin.
Answer: It’s a Myth. All sun exposure is bad for your skin. A tan can at the most allow you to stay in the sun for a longer period without getting burnt, whether you get your tan at a beach or in a tanning booth. But note with caution that any time the sun-rays touch your skin, they make you susceptible to sunburn, skin cancer and aging, like wrinkles, sagging and brown spots.
The tanning beds are not safe, as the UV rays are highly concentrated which means you are exposed to a lot of UVA rays. Consider having a sunless tanner, whether from a professionally sprayed on or DIY at home. For vitamin D, consume a diet having vitamin D or supplements without having any skin aging or cancer risk fear from the rays. For having vitamin D supplements, we suggest you consult a doctor first about the dosage.
11. Myth or Fact: You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day.
Answer: It’s a Myth. Even on a cloudy day, UV rays from the sun seeps through the clouds to reach the earth surface. Therefore, before going out for extended period of time, make it sure to use sunscreen even on a cloudy day.
Use a broad spectrum sun screen with an SPF of at least 30. Do not believe the myth that since you are wearing makeup with an SPF, so you are protected from the sun rays. Same is true for foundation. Always use sunscreen even if you are applying makeup or foundation with SPF. As otherwise you would need to put on 14 – 15 times the amount of makeup that a normal person would wear to get to the desired level of SPF.
Believing skin myths can put your skin at risk. So to have healthy skin, be ware of above skin myths.
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