A cosmetic chemist and board-certified dermatologist (Claire Chang and Ni’Kita Wilson) tackle 10 popular skincare myths.
They show how drinking water doesn’t necessarily improve the appearance of your skin and how you can’t actually shrink your pores. They also dispel the myth that acne is exclusively a puberty problem. Acne in adults is very common and therapy normally takes 6 to 8 weeks to show improvements.
1. Drinking extra water will make your skin look better
While drinking enough water is vital to your overall health, there is no scientific evidence that drinking more water directly benefits your skin or improves skin hydration. Excess water is almost certainly filtered out of your body through urine.
2. The order in which you use your skincare products doesn’t matter
Dr. Chang says order is important. In general, you apply your products from thin to thick, with the active components applied first.
3. Pores may shrink
Our pores are the same size. What can happen is that your pores swell because oil can attract dirt, debris, and dead skin cells, causing them to swell. They get gorged on whatever dirt gets stuck in them, and then when they are cleaned they just go back to their normal size. However, the walls can be affected, causing them to tip over and become weak. This, in turn, can change the appearance of your pores.
4. You don’t need to moisturize your face if it’s oily
Dr. Chang says there should be a distinction between skin oil and skin moisture. Skin hydration refers to the water content or moisture content of the skin, while skin oil refers to the sebum content. So, sebum is released from your facial oil glands, known as sebaceous glands, and it helps protect the skin barrier. However, since sebum can contribute to an oily, greasy appearance on the face, people don’t like it. Remember that oily skin can dry out and have low water content, so hydration is still necessary.
5. You don’t need to wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy
If it is gloomy or sunny, you should apply sunscreen. The only time you should not wear sunscreen is when there is no sunlight. It’s late at night. Even though you can’t see the sun, UV radiation is still present. They are still there. And it’s the UV rays that do the damage. And you need sunscreen regardless of your melanin load.
6. The more expensive the product, the better it works
Many of the recommended products are cheap and can be purchased at any drugstore. Wilson believes that the efficacy of the components and formulation is much more important than the price.
7. The more you wash your face, the better
The more you wash your face, the worse your skin can get. To begin with, you eliminate the microbiota. You throw everything out of balance, which affects your skin barrier, and a weakened skin barrier can lead to inflammation and discomfort.
Washing your face too much, especially with harsh soaps or scrubs containing pearls, can dry out and irritate the skin greatly. Dr. Chang recommends washing your face twice a day, and then again after heavy sweating, as perspiration can clog pores and further irritate the skin.
8. You don’t need to exfoliate
Gentle exfoliation is beneficial for everyone. Exfoliation can help revitalize and brighten your skin, even out your skin tone and unclog your pores. It helps fight aging and can boost the absorption of other products applied to the skin.
9. You need a lot of skin care products to get good skin
You don’t have to use a lot of products; instead, choose the right items for your skin’s requirements. Using too many items can sometimes cause more damage than benefit.
10. Acne is only a problem during puberty
According to dr. Chang can persist adult acne from puberty to adulthood, but it often appears late in people who have never had acne. Acne in adulthood is caused by genetics, hormones, clogged pores and inflammation. Acne can worsen with stress. Certain diets, such as high-sugar, high-carbohydrate diets, can make acne worse. Acne can occasionally be caused by pregnancy. Cosmetics too. It is helpful to pinpoint the location of the acne as these could be triggers that you can eliminate and see if your acne improves as a result. You just have to be patient with it. Remember that any acne treatment can take six to eight weeks to work, so you really need to stick with it.
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