Since the skin care industry has grown to be so big, myths and fallacies about skin have begun popping up everywhere. Here at Dr. Dayan’s office & True Skin Care Center, we are devoted to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful-looking skin. We don’t want you believing false rumors and wasting your time and money on skin care methods that don’t work, so we’ve gathered together four common skin care myths to debunk. Read on to make sure you’re not being fooled by these false ideas.
MYTH: Scrubbing your face with soap every day will keep your skin acne-free and healthy
FACT: It makes sense to think that washing your face with soap every day will lead to healthy skin, but this is not always the case. What many people don’t know is that roughly scrubbing your face strips some of the good oils and barriers that protect your skin. This can lead to rashes, burns and further damage. Instead of scrubbing with harsh soap, it is best to softly wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Then, add moisturizer and sunscreen to your face for optimal skin protection.
MYTH: Most anti-aging products can erase wrinkles
FACT: Although there are a plethora of products and creams available that claim to eliminate wrinkles, no amount of products can fully erase deep lines. Most simply hydrate the skin and make it look temporarily plumper. However, there are only a few products that have proven to be fairly successful in treating lines and wrinkles, among them are retinoid products. These creams or serums work their way through the skin and increase cell turnover. This turnover is considered to be a “wound” to the skin. Causing a wound forces the skin to generate new healthy skin cells which results in your skin having a younger appearance.
Still, plastic surgery has proven itself to be the most effective and long-lasting way to get rid of tired wrinkles. Non-surgical wrinkle treatments that can help reverse the effects of facial aging include fillers, Botox, Dysport,Xeomin, Venus Freeze, and Laser Therapy. After treatment is completed, it is highly recommended that patients use medical-quality skin care products to maintain results.
MYTH: Blackheads are caused by a dirty face
FACT: Although blackheads look sort of like dirt, they have nothing to do with a dirty skin surface. Blackheads form as a result of a hormone-induced natural overproduction of oil. When dead skin cells impair or misshape pores, the oil is blocked from exiting through the pores, creating a clog near the surface of the skin. The clogged oil and dead skin cells turn black once they receive oxygen, creating blackheads on the surface of your skin.
Scrubbing blackheads away is ineffective, as it only affects the top of the blackhead and does nothing to affect the main problem beneath the surface of the skin. This means that no matter how much scrubbing you do, the blackhead will eventually reach the surface of your skin again. Instead of scrubbing, try using a high-quality salicylic acid or glycolic acid product. This product should dissolve the oil and cellular debris that keep causing your blackheads, going straight to the root of your blackhead problem.
MYTH: Modern tanning beds are safe
FACT: Many people are attracted by the fact that modern tanning beds do not use UVB rays, as these rays produce noticeable damage to your skin, leaving you with a sunburn. Yet, the UVA rays that tanning beds contain are at least equally as dangerous for you as UVB rays are. The damage that UVA rays cause is not easily seen, as these rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays do. This means that many people don’t know that UVA rays are negatively affecting them, which makes these rays even more dangerous.
UVA rays are powerful and harmful. They contribute to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers, according to SkinCancer.org. They are also linked to premature aging, which can result in age spots, spider veins, wrinkles, and leathery, blotchy, loose and coarse skin. Instead of lying in tanning beds to add color to your skin and exposing it to these dangerous rays, try using sunless tanning products. If it helps to remember, think UV-Burning and UV-Aging, or better yet, just stay away from all tanning beds!
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