If you haven’t read it already, we have a great article linking to some popular skincare myths. We thought we would continue helping separate fact from fiction. You need to know truth from fiction, especially when it comes to your body and health. Aly Walansky from Style Caster has found 8 common skin care myths and is giving us the facts.
Here are a few myths and the truth behind them, be sure to read them all and see which ones you still believed.
Acne is caused by dirt and not cleansing enough.
Wrong! “Acne is caused by hormones, genetics, sebum or oil and dead skin cells that build up and clogs hair follicles, resulting in inflammation and – pimples!” says Wendy Lewis of BeautyintheBag.com. One mistake acne sufferers make is cleansing too often and with harsh detergents to try to get rid of all of the oil on the skin. Use gentle cleansers only and don’t over cleanse which leads to red, raw, dried out, and all around irritated skin. Acne prone skin needs TLC. Cleanse once or twice daily with a mild cleanser, exfoliate regularly, use only non-comedogenic products, and if you have full blown acne (multiple lesions constantly showing up), see a dermatologist for prescription medicine.
If you have acne-prone skin you should use products designed for acne.
False. “A skin care line geared toward acne is designed to fight bacteria and dry out breakouts. For someone (like a teenager) whose skin is covered in severe acne, this is appropriate. But for most people who get some breakouts (but not on the majority of their face), acne products can make the situation worse,” says Rouleau. These products are extremely drying, and although they will help dry up and heal individual breakouts, they will over-dry other non-broken out areas, resulting in dead skin cell buildup. The cell buildup will then act as a barrier to trap oil under the skin, causing more clogged pores and breakouts. So your effort to clear up your skin will actually cause you to break out more! “The three most important elements for controlling clogged pores and breakouts are: exfoliation (this will remove dry skin cells to unclog pores and also help fade those red, post-breakout marks), disinfecting (it is important to eliminate bacteria to help prevent the spread of breakout as well as to dry up infection), and hydration (water-based moisture to keep cells healthy to discourage dry skin cell buildup),” Rouleau says.