When it comes to skin care, there is a plethora of information available online and on social media. Over time, various myths and misconceptions have emerged, leading to confusion about what is truly beneficial for our skin.
Let’s debunk the five common myths about skincare.
“The More You Wash Your Face, the Better”
Not True! Washing your face more than twice a day can strip your face of its natural microbiome and beneficial oils. Once in the morning to get a fresh start, and once at night before bed to remove any dirt and free radicals from the day is enough.
“Don’t Moisturize Oily Skin”
Not True! Most people think that if you have oily skin, you can skip the moisturizer in your routine. Contrary to belief, not moisturizing can cause the skin to overly produce oil to try and keep up with hydration. Look for a lightweight, oil free, or gel based moisturizer to provide hydration without clogging pores.
“Sunscreen Is Necessary Only On Sunny Warm Days”
Not True! Sunscreen is often associated with sunny days at the beach. The truth is that UV rays can still penetrate the clouds and cause damage to your skin. Even during winter, when the sun may not feel as intense, apply sunscreen. Make it a habit to include a daily SPF of 30 or no matter the time of year.
“Natural Ingredients are Always Safe and Effective”
Not True! The allure of natural skincare products is undeniable. With claims of being pure, gentle, and chemical free, what could go wrong? It’s important to understand that not all natural ingredients are beneficial or suitable for every skin type. Some natural substances can be just as irritating and allergenic as synthetic ingredients. It is good to look for products with a balance of both natural and synthetic ingredients that have proven efficiency and safety.
“Hot Water is Best for Washing Your Face”
Not True! Did you know that hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and tightness? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, lukewarm water is the best temperature for best results. Slightly warm water will work with your cleanser, washing away bacteria that may harm your skin without overly drying.
Separate fact from fiction to get the best results for your skin. Pure Dermatology Cosmetic and Hair Center can recommend the best treatment options and routine for your dermatology conditions to improve the overall health of your skin.
AUTHOR: NEDA MEHR, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Pure Dermatology Cosmetic & Hair Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive privately owned dermatology and hair centers in the nation. Dr. Neda Mehr has been awarded “Top Cosmetic Dermatologist“ in Newport Beach, specializing in all aspects of the skin and hair for both male and female patients. Dr. Mehr is known for being a “functional dermatologist” and looking at a patient as a whole person rather than a problem. This role has placed her as a fan favorite and leading expert in acne and hair loss, and she can be seen regularly in Allure, Cosmopolitan, NBC California Live and countless other platforms sharing her expert knowledge to help patients look and feel their very best!