In today's world of non-stop information, it is often difficult to tell the difference between the skin care myths and the skin care facts. But don't worry; we're here to help you identify truth from fiction. We've asked a panel of licensed estheticians and skin care experts what skin care myths they hear most often – and what the truth is behind these myths. Here are the skin care facts you should know:
Myth: "I can scrub my oily skin or acne away."
Fact: This is one of the most common oily skin and acne myths estheticians hear. Cleansing too often, using too much pressure, or over-exfoliating your skin can actually make the problem even worse.
"Acne-causing bacteria lies deep in the follicles under your skin; scrubbing the surface will not make it go away. In fact, it will potentially aggravate the skin more! Acneic skin needs products that contain salicylic acid, likeSpotless Cleanser andAcne Toner, to deeply cleanse and remove surface impurities. The skin also needs benzoyl peroxide, like that found inBreakout Control, to spot treat and sulfur fromBioelements Amino Mask to heal the skin." – Rhonda Robb, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
"Stripping the skin of oil can actually cause your body to product more oil. The skin actually needs some oil to protect itself, so when you strip it completely, it tries to replace what it has lost. Those who self-treat oily skin with alcohol-based, drying products often end up with dehydrated, irritated, and sensitized skin that is even MORE oily than it was to begin with. Use products designed to cut down excess oil without stripping the skin, likeBioelements products for oily skin." – Debi William, Image Is… Salon
Myth: "If I use very hot water, I can open up my pores and cleanse them."
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, pores cannot actually open and close like windows. Furthermore, bathing or showering in temperatures that are too hot can cause damage to the skin.
"Hot water can dehydrate your skin, cause or trigger existing sensitivity, produce distended capillaries, and even cause your skin to overproduce oil as a defense mechanism. Licensed estheticians apply controlled heat (through steam) during a facial to soften the skin, which allows for the products to penetrate deeper, but your pores don't actually open." –Dawn Gantt
Myth: "The foods I eat don't affect my skin."
Fact:The unfortunate truth is that at least 1 in 4 people eat some type of fast food every day.* While most people recognize that eating a poor diet can lead to many different health issues, often they don't realize that this includes skin issues as well.
"You are what you eat. Everything you put into your body will have a direct impact on your skin. A poor diet can cause dullness, puffiness, redness, congestion, acne and more! Avoid foods high in sugar and fat, as both will increase inflammation in the body that can then damage collagen and elastin. Also minimize the amount of alcohol and caffeine you consume because they both dehydrate your body and skin.
Consume plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out toxins,antioxidant-rich foods to protect against free radicals, and foods rich in omega-3 to improve collagen and elastin to keep skin looking healthy and youthful." – Rhonda Robb, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
Myth: "A base tan protects me from sunburns."
Fact: To many people, this is one of the most surprising skin care facts: there is no such thing as a safe tan. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen.
"There is no such thing as a safe or protective tan; any tan at all is a sign of skin damage. Your skin tans as a response to UV damage. Even tanning occasionally greatly increases your risk of skin cancer and many other skin concerns." –Debi Williams, Image Is… Salon
All tans, even those created in a tanning bed, are dangerous.
"Many people think tanning beds are safe because they say they filter out the so-called 'burning' rays — UVB. Even if that were true, the UVA rays go deeper into your skin, causing cancers and premature aging. You are still at serious risk with this type of exposure." – Carol Byrne
Myth: "Tanning helps clear my breakouts."
Fact: When you get a tan, you actually harm your skin, not help it. Tanning can even cause the skin to produce more oil over time, which could lead to more breakouts.
"Time in the sun to help get rid of your acne blemishes will just result in both hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and more acne. In darker Fitzpatrick skin tones, tanning may cause formation of PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), which is a result of melanin rushing to the site of the blemish to try and "protect" the area, as melanin is the skin's first responder to injury. Both the sun and acne are recognized by the body as an inflammatory response, or an injury. So, in short, you risk permanent damage to your skin, instead of an acne blemish that may last for a few days or less with proper skin care (such as theBioelements acne line)." – Teresa Stenzel
Myth: "The SPF in my makeup is enough to protect me from the sun."
Fact: Think again! The amount of SPF in these makeup formulas is extremely small and offers little protection.
"You would have to wear layer upon layer upon layer of makeup – much more makeup than an average person would wear – to reach the SPF level needed for protection. Instead, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.Bioelements SPF 50 FaceScreen is specifically designed to use on your face and works flawlessly under makeup." – Carol Byrne
Myth: "I don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day."
Fact: Almost every single esthetician and skin care expert on our panel listed this as one of their most-heard (and most dangerous) myths.
"The clouds make a barrier that diffuses only the smallest amount of sunlight. The reality is your skin absorbs the same amount of harmful UVA and UVB rays on a cloudy day as it does on a sunny day. Always wear sunscreen." –Rhonda Robb, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
"Anyone who has spent a cloudy day at the beach without using sunscreen can tell you this is not true. Whether or not there are clouds, sunscreen must be worn everyday to protect from sun damage." –Debi Williams, Image Is… Salon
"Sunscreen needs to be applied every single day because 80% of the sun's rays come through on cloudy days. Over time this will lead to accumulative sun damage and early aging." –Dawn Gantt
"Sun damage is cumulative throughout your entire life and you are exposed constantly, regardless of the weather. 10 minutes here, 5 minutes there, day in and day out will continue to damage the skin. Even sitting inside near a window puts you at risk of lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, dullness, sagging and rough textured skin. Not to mention skin cancer! Wear your SPF every day no matter what activities you have planned or what the weather looks like." –Teresa Stenzel
Even if you have darker skin you're not protected from the sun's harmful rays.
"Skin with more melanin still needs to be protected from the sun. Everyone, regardless of skin tone, can still develop skin cancer and premature aging." –Renee Harvey
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