10 Myths About Skin Care

There are hundreds of supposed experts out there who seem to think that they are the most knowledgeable on skin care and how to keep you looking healthy longer.Unfortunately, along with a lot of really great information there are dozens and dozens of myths about skin care out there that need to be debunked. These myths can be more hurtful than they are helpful because people are making terrible mistakes that can wind up damaging their skin in the long run.

Here we will go over ten of the most prevalent myths that are running wild out there from gossip, to the media to just plain bad advice. This can help you to be aware of what to do to make your skin healthy and what to avoid.

1. Facials
The first myth to be debunked is that the best things to make your face look younger are facials, spa treatments, and microdermabrasion. This myth is one that most people actually believe because of the large number of day spas out there touting the values of facials and skin treatments for your health and to make you look much younger. Unfortunately research has concluded that at least three quarters of people who get these treatments on their faces wind up with acne breakouts, certainly the opposite of improvement in their skin as they are expecting. While most people feel good after a facial treatment, that is about all it is worth- the relaxation qualities.

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion remove the top layer of skin which spa resorts claim can allow your pores to open up and breathe, but often more bacteria get into your pores. If you are doing facial treatments to clear up your skin, unfortunately it is most likely that it is a waste of money. If you are doing it purely for the relaxation aspect, you can continue to do so as long as you are not concerned with breakouts on your face.

2. Skin Care Products
Another myth that involves a client unfortunately parting with too much of their money is that expensive skin care creams and cleansers are better for the health of your skin than similar products that are much cheaper. Female doctors very often use the most basic skincare products and sunblock straight from the drugstore because they are aware that there is no need to spend extra money unnecessarily when you are going to get the same results.

A lot of the products that are easily affordable to most people are better than the ones that are extremely expensive. Most of the truly active components in anti- aging skin care products are the same, no matter where you buy them or how much money you spend on them. While sure, expensive products are going to work for you, so will a much cheaper option. Save your money for something that will make a difference in your life and only invest in reasonably priced skin care cleansers and creams.

3. The Myth about Wrinkles
One of the major myths about wrinkles is that anti-aging skin care products as discussed in the last section are able to erase your wrinkles. Unfortunately, there is no wrinkle eraser out there that can take age lines away. Just forget that it is even possible to age backwards, because it isn’t! Most wrinkle creams are designed instead to plump up your skin by adding moisture. Don’t get the wrong idea, most of these miracle creams really will plump up your skin, but this is a temporary fix. While this of course makes your skin look better on a temporary basis, they are not taking your wrinkles away.

A product that has seen some results for wrinkle removal are topical retinol treatments. These wrinkle creams go into the skin and encourage skin cell development. Retinol can be purchased in low doses at the drug store, or you can get a prescription from your doctor for a higher strength version. These treatments can not only help with wrinkles, but they can help treat acne and reduce the looks of skin damage as well. But keep in mind they are not going to take years off of your life, and that you need to be realistic with the slight results that you will see.

Derma Beautix is another anti-wrinkle formula that not only helps the wrinkles, but it makes your face feel smoother. Derma Beautix’s main ingredients are Wheat Germ Oil and Shea Butter.

Wheat germ oil has vitamin E in it which promotes skin cell formation, and is great for nourishing and rejuvenating dry, mature, dehydrated skin, and reducing scars, stretch marks, sunburns, and damaged skin.

Shea butter has natural anti-aging properties that cause reactivation of collagen synthesis, resulting in younger looking skin and a resistance to photo aging caused by the harmful effects of the sun. Shea butter helps with preventing stretch marks, wrinkle formation, skin peeling and it keeps skin from drying out or becoming chapped or itchy and provides protection from frost bites, cold or harsh weather conditions.

4. Laser Treatments
Another area where people unfortunately get confused regarding skin care treatments is that lasers can take decades off of your face. Currently there are several different laser treatments you can get and each of them does different things. While some may remove your sun spots, others might help reduce the amount or severity of your wrinkles. So while some of these lasers may actually make an impact on how you look, unfortunately they are marketed to people like they are going to erase your lines and wrinkles and make you look twenty years younger. While the lasers currently offered to clients have a much smaller number of side effects and pain, clients should understand that there is only so much that they can do. Once you have skin damage, it isn’t possible to entirely repair it, so your best bet is to stay out of the soon and wear sunscreen.

5. Tanning Booth Myths
Unfortunately there are myths still out there regarding tanning booths. While most people are aware at this point that tanning booths aren’t completely and entirely safe, some people still believe that booths are safe as long as they don’t have UVB rays. Some tanning booth locations tell people they filter the ‘bad’ rays or sunburn rays, which are the UVB rays. No matter what kind of tanning bed you are in though, will expose skin to UVA rays, which go even further into your skin and can cause severe damage. This can cause skin cancer and premature aging as well, so all tanning booths are dangerous, no matter what they claim. Just because these rays are not the ones that typically cause a surface skin sunburn doesn’t mean that they aren’t damaging.

6. Higher SPF Sunscreen is Best
The SPF level advertised on sunscreen lets you know the protection level from UVB rays which cause surface skin sunburn. Unfortunately many sunscreens do not protect people from the other damaging kinds of rays, the UVA and the UVC rays, which go deep into the skin and can cause cancer. So don’t focus on just a high number for your sunscreen, you also want to find one that provides protection against the other rays as well. Always choose an SPF over 15 though, even if you plan to only be outside for a brief period of time.

7. Sunscreen isn’t Necessary when it’s Overcast
Even when it is cloudy or raining, UV rays can absolutely reach the earth from the sun. People seem to believe that if they can’t feel the strength of the sun or it isn’t bright outside that they are clear from the effects of sun damage. This couldn’t be further from the truth and is actually one of the most widespread myths about skin care that is repeated. You should apply sunscreen every single day, no matter what the weather may be, and you should reapply it if you are remaining outside for a long period of time.

8. Makeup Myths Revealed
Similarly, do not believe the myth that if you are wearing makeup that includes sunscreen that you are covered. Women who wear foundation often benefit from a small amount of sunscreen in their makeup, but keep in mind this is a very thin level of coverage, and is most likely only provided through foundation which is on the face, but not protecting your neck and other parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. And don’t trust the number of the makeup, for example if it says SPF 30 is included. Research has shown that you’d have to put on over 10 times more makeup to reach that number than if you just wore sunscreen. This is true for both foundation and powdered makeup. So make sure to put on sunscreen every day even if you are wearing makeup.

9. Pimples
Some people have long believed a myth that it is good for you to pop a pimple, and that getting the pus or bacteria out of your skin is good for you. While it may feel good to you to get rid of the pus and tightness that you often feel when you have a pimple, it actually causes the area to become even more inflamed and bacteria often get in and infect the area. This can also leave a scar on the surface of your skin that could be impossible to erase. Bacteria can travel underneath your skin, which is why sometimes people notice that after they’ve popped one pimple, sometimes they get another one shortly thereafter right next to where the other one was.

People shouldn’t pick and dig at their faces at all, but if you have to, you want to use an extractor- not your fingers. Don’t squeeze at the area and make it worse. If you buy an extractor at a beauty or drug store, you can often use it to apply pressure which will allow you to remove the pimple without scarring or inflammation.

10. Scrubbing Eliminates Acne
Some believe that if you scrub your face enough with soap you are going to eliminate the possibility for acne and will keep your face looking healthy and young. Unfortunately, your skin needs the naturally produced oils on the face which protect your skin. If you scrub too much, you remove all of the oils and can cause rashes and further damage to your skin. So wash gently, and also use a cleanser and a moisturizer instead of a harsh soap.

There are so many myths in the world of skin care that it is difficult to know where to turn for the truth. Hopefully clarifying these ten major myths will help you understand how to better care for your skin, but if you need more information, your best route is to talk to your doctor or dermatologist for more facts.

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  1. This information is completely inaccurate and based on opinion. I would like to see the resources used to write this. First, facials are very good for the skin. A facial cleans deep into your skin and exfoliates the pores. Yes a facialmay cause sudden breakouts. This is because the bacteria and dirt deep in the skin is now working its way out. This means the facial did its job. The myth is that people think facials are supposed to instantly make your akin smooth and vibrant. A facial is intended to clean under the skin where normal soap can’t reach. This article does have some facts like the tanning booths this is true. Sunscreen is true. But the rest is bogus. I am a dermatologist and I advise the author of this article to check their facts before they publish anything else.

  2. Cheaper skin care might work, might not. We will al age and die but as with any product
    There is quality and some of these quality products indeed work very well. I particularly like
    Estée Lauder serums and foundations, but so like Patricia Wexler day creams with SPF
    I also like limited products from Yves Rocher line. It seems that best products are found through trial
    And error. But good care is out there and it can make your skin look better, younger more radiant, healthier.

  3. Ha ha

  4. I’ve been paying $100 per session for the facial that I get on a weekly basis thinking that it improved my skin… so are you telling me I’ve wasted close to 3 thousand dollars on a fake treatment that only relaxes me? I don’t regret learning the truth but I sure as hell feel like a dumb twat. That’s it, it’s the end of it, no more facials for me!

    • sorry to tell you this but you don’t know what you are talking about and I bit your skin doesn’t look good. I am 56 and my skin looks flowless without botox. I have getting facials at least once a month with microdearm and acid peels. I do fantastic home care and my skin looks great and the best. I am proud od how my skin looks.

      • You can’t bet that someone else’s skin doesn’t look good. What works for some people doesn’t work for others.

    • Facials are beneficial to the health and care of your skin. With a good daily regimen you should be good with a monthly facial to achieve the deep cleansing or exfoliating results you can’t at home. Your esthetician is also capable of getting your treatment products deeper into your skin so that the new skin cells coming to the surface have already been treated early in their life cycle.. This will “supercharge” the results you may be looking for at home. Ask your Esthetician about galvanic treatments as well. And be cautious about everything you read on the internet. I am a dedicated Esthetician who truly believes in the benefits for good skin care. After all, it is the largest organ in our bodies :)

  5. A lot of skin care products and treatments come with a lot of hype. How do you know what’s best for your skin? Skin care tips and skin care products are everywhere these days. “Use this cream.” “Exfoliate.” “Drink more water.” “Buy this acne cure.” Amid all the hype — and the influx of antiaging products — it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. How can anyone know what’s true?

  6. I hope that Tmanu oil does not prove to be yet another skin care myth. I bought a very small cylinder container of it. The instructions say to apply it to the skin up to 5 times a day. I just started using it to try and clear up some acne blemishes. So I’m going to have to be patient and diligent about applying it regularly before I can know.

    • Ive used tamanu oil. I only used it 1-2x a day though (sometimes in the morning and usually at night before bed). I don’t use it anymore, but it didn’t cause breakouts on my skin and worked pretty well.

  7. I would like to see specific natural extracts debunked. I say this because there are lots of products on the market that claim to be nature’s remedy for any number of skin problems. My fear is that many product makers prey on the desperation of other people who are seeking answers to health problems. Before I go on spending my money on skin care products that may not work, I’d like to see them reviewed.

  8. One thing I am afraid of is that I might already be spending money on a natural remedy for removing blemishes. I read somewhere that there are certain types of natural oil extracts that can heal blemishes. These extracts are sold on the internet and I have tried one of them myself. I only got it yesterday, but there is no way of knowing if it works until I apply it for a long time.

  9. Number 2 is definitely one of the worst myths that circles the world. There’s no reason to pay out huge amounts of money for skin care, when the cheap stuff works just as well. Thanks for the article

  10. Good article! We will be linking to this great post on our site.

    Keep up the good writing.

  11. I have been loving Argan Oil

  12. I am probably the first woman you will know that hates body lotions and facial cream etc. I hate the feeling of being oily or greasy so I don’t use them, not to mention they all have to smell like some kind of flower and that kind of scent gives me a bad headache so I don’t know that I care about the myths to much because I simply don’t use them.

  13. There is one skin care line which I constantly see on TV, especially on MTV, since the company seems to target unsuspecting teenagers who suffer from acne problems during puberty. I am quite sure many of you have seen this line. It is expensive when you consider that you will need frequent refills. We all know that face washes and creams run out pretty quickly.

  14. Catherine Monroe says:

    If you have oily skin wouldn’t it be better to use an exfoliate? I don’t buy lotions and things because I know they don’t do any good. I would rather moisturize my skin by drinking a lot of water it moisturizes it from the inside. I know that sounds weird but it is true and my elbows are living proof of it. Thank you for the information though it was really helpful.

    • Keep in mind that anytime you try treating your skin orally, it is the last organ in your body to receive those nutrients….hence the effectiveness of topical treatments. Exfoliation is a wonderful tool but if your over exfoliating and not moisturizing you could be stripping your skin of essential oils causing your skin to produce more oil..potentially making your oily skin more oily and more problematic…

      Also the hydration of your skin is different then the oil content in your skin. You want to aim keeping these two in balance. ( and you can’t OVERhydrate your skin)
      Best option? Research your options …

  15. A great diet (you know, actual food, nothing processed or adulterated or abused), good rest, plenty of water, and low stress is the best approach to healthy skin. Even sunscreen has chemicals that harm. Don’t stay in the sun all day. If you feel the heat, that’s telling you something. Our skin is an organ and drinks in whatever we put on it. I look ten years younger than I am and hardly use anything but the stuff God himself made on my face. Skin care products are a hoax, chemical peels are unwise, and both are a great way for people to make money off of you. Tanning beds? Duh! We’re letting the world tell us the way we’re supposed to look. If you get older, you’re supposed to look older. This is the way life works! We all get old, we all die. Let’s spend our time here doing something worthwhile instead of being self consumed. People are dying, starving, getting killed. Let’s take our time making a difference instead of getting tan and trying to turn back time. It’s impossible.

  16. When a consumer picks up a skin care product package and sees an ingredient with the word “oil” in it, and if their skin is already prone to oil, the belief is that they will not buy that product. I often hear, “I can only use oil-free products.” You need to understand that virtually all creams and lotions use a form of oil or emollient to make the product slip across the skin.

  17. Is tanning really so bad for us? What’s wrong with wanting to get a little color? And if we’re too busy to sunbathe outdoors, what harm could a few sessions in a tanning salon do? I live in a tropical state. So going to the beach or laying out in my pool is no problem. I think it looks more unhealthy when people stay out of the sun or live in cold climates and look pale, like vampires.

  18. I am so glad that you pointed out these myths. There are so many people that believe in all the face creams and stuff and that they do miracles with your skin. When in actuality if you eat right and drink a lot of water your skin will actually take care of itself. It is not a bad thing to age gracefully and I have always said that I would do that.

  19. I just checked out your Heavenly Skin Care and I am so happy I did. Thanks for the article

  20. I used to believe that 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. These products are extremely drying, but not good for all adults.

  21. I know there are certain things that can help you skin but for the most part I don’t use anything because most of the stuff you buy is watered down or it dries out my skin so I just make sure to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun and wash my face regularly. So far I am doing good and I am in my forties.

  22. I have only one question, how are you supposed to get that puss or whatever it is out of the swollen pore with out squeezing it? You can’t just let it go because that just looks gross and what happens, it doesn’t just go away. My son gets some really big ones how is he supposed to get rid of them if he doesn’t open them and get that stuff out of there?

  23. Most of the time skin care products are all hype because of the amount of water they put in them. You are basically paying to rub a little cream with more water than a wash rag on your face. And in all honesty it really only masks the issue at hand anyway. Let’s say you have dry skin, the lotions aren’t going to help but if you drink a lot of water it will.

    • Two causes of dry skin….lack of oil and lack of water. Lots of water is essential for healthy skin but will not cure dryness due to lack of oil. :)

  24. Skin care to me is just simply another way for the companies that make it to make money off of you. And it is another way to support our vanity. Have you ever really paid attention to the ingredients in some of these skin care products and just how much of it is water or alcohol? I have never understood trying to fight nature, it isn’t going to work.

  25. I agree that myths / fallacies can be a detriment to some people who make bad decisions based on those misconceptions. One of the more dangerous practices are chemical peels. I have seen reports about cautionary tales of persons who suffered through a botched chemical peel. In such cases, it’s not the money they wasted that was tragic, but the harmful effects it had on them.

  26. Day spas are Big Business. It seems every other week, there is some new, trendy, not to mention high priced way to rejuvenate your skin. I live in a metropolitan city and there is no shortage of expensive spas and inside of luxurious hotels as well. When I watch these facilities reviewed on TV shows, I can’t help but think that these are more hyped than skin care products promoted on infomercials.

  27. Anna Lotan says:

    Just for correctness:

    UVA/UVB/UVC radiation

    UVA – A is for Aging

    UVB – B is for Burning

    UVC radiation is almost completely absorbed by the ozone layer and does not affect the skin. Although it can be found in artificial sources such as mercury arc lamps and germicidal lamps.

  28. Very good read, thank you for posting.

  29. Simply Essential says:

    I find the simplar the product the more beneficial – Wheatgem oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, melted and set in a pot to make a great moisturiser

  30. Fantastic post!! It results in healthier life, by reducing the stress about skin care.

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