5 Popular Skincare Myths Busted
The internet is an excellent resource for finding quick information about any number of topics, but it can also be misleading, especially when it comes to the countless skincare myths that are constantly circulating. Here are a few of the most popular of these myths and some skincare tips that you should follow instead.
1. You Need to Spend a Fortune on Products
While a few high-quality products may be worth investing in, you can get away with much less expensive products for most of your everyday skincare needs. If you are going to splurge on a product or two, go for a great vitamin C serum. These products tend to be on the pricey side, but that’s because they need to be formulated, stored, and packaged in a particular way in order to maximize their effectiveness.
Using a high-quality vitamin C serum like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Phloretin CF, and Serum 10 AOX+ can be hugely beneficial when it comes to brightening and rejuvenating your complexion and protecting your skin from UV damage.
As for your regular cleansers, moisturizers, and toners, you really don’t need to break the bank. More important than spending a lot on your skincare is choosing the right products for your Baumann Skin Type.
2. Drinking Water Solves Dry Skin
Drinking enough water each day is important for overall health and cell function, but it’s not the sole answer to solving dry skin conditions. You also need to protect your skin’s barrier, which keeps water molecules sealed inside and toxins and pollutants out (University of Wisconsin Health).
3. Stinging or Tingling Means the Product Is Working
If a particular product makes your skin burn or feel tight and tingly, that is not an indication that it’s working. Burning or stinging is a sign that your skin is having an adverse reaction to something contained in that product. If you experience these side effects, the best thing to do is check in with your dermatologist. He or she can not only recommend better options for your skin type, but may also be able to provide a detailed assessment of any skin allergies or sensitivities that you might have.
4. Oily Skin Types Can’t Use Moisturizers
Many consumers have come to believe that if they have oily skin, they need to steer clear of moisturizers. The truth is, however, that many oily skin types can benefit from using the right moisturisers for their skin, such as PCA Clearskin and La Roche-Posay Effaclar. If you’re not sure which products are right for your skin, talk to a dermatologist in your area who can recommend STS-approved skincare for your unique skin type.
5. You’ll Outgrow Acne
Despite many myths out there, acne isn’t just a problem for teens, so, unfortunately, you won’t simply outgrow it. Acne can be triggered by hormonal fluctuations, which can occur throughout adulthood, especially for women. The best approach for dealing with acne is to address its underlying causes, which include:
- Excessive oil production, largely influenced by hormones
- Clogged pores
- P. acnes bacteria, which results in clogged pores, inflammation, and redness.
The Bottom Line
Following the right skincare routine for your skin type is hands-down the best way to achieve the smooth, clear complexion you want. Trying fad after fad of questionable skincare tips can actually worsen your skin condition, especially if you’re using the wrong ingredients for your skin. Instead, work with a reputable dermatologist to find out your Baumann Skin Type and design a custom-tailored skincare regimen just for you!
Dr. Leslie Baumann, M.D. and her team at Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology believe in proof, not promises. World-recognized for both cosmetic and general dermatology, our treatment strategies rely exclusively on evidence-based, scientifically verified products and procedures that promote skin health and a natural appearance. We combine effective medical procedures with individualized instruction on proper skincare, nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle in order to maximize the health of the skin and body as a whole while minimizing the effects of aging. For more, visit Dr. Baumann’s blog for daily updates Monday through Friday, or inquire about an appointment through Derm.net.