Skincare myths are prevalent because of a lack of dermatological education and an overabundance of people touting miracle skincare regimens. To prevent you from falling into the dangers of believing these misconceptions, take a look at five of the most common myths and the truth about them.
1. Higher SPF means more protection
Many people believe that the higher the SPF on a bottle of sunscreen, the more protection it offers and the longer you can be in the sun. However, the truth is more complicated than that. In fact, SPF over a certain number has not been scientifically proven to be more effective, regardless of what skincare myths say otherwise. Keep in mind that using a sunscreen with SPF of 30 is the bare minimum of what you need when going outside. Your skin always needs protection, even if it is cloudy outside.
2. Oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer
It’s a common misbelief that people who have oily skin don’t need to moisturize, due to their skin naturally producing moisture. The truth is that many cleansers strip the skin of the natural oil produced, which means the skin lacks hydration. Therefore, even people with oily skin need to apply a moisturizer to replenish and hydrate the skin for optimal skin health.
3. Wrinkles Can Disappear with the right product
There are a lot of products and natural remedies that claim to be able to make wrinkles disappear, sometimes overnight. Many of these products do not have the ability to remove wrinkles from your face entirely. That being said, the right product with retinoids may reduce the appearance of fine lines but not erase them completely from your face, contrary to popular skincare myths. Although some products claim to contain retinoids, it is best to work with one recommended by a certified dermatologist.
4. Chocolate can cause acne
Chocolate has long been believed to be an acne-inducing substance that deteriorates your skin health, but there is a lack of scientific research to support this claim. Acne is actually caused by sebum, and oil that the skin naturally produces. Eating chocolate, or not eating chocolate, does not actually determine the health of your skin.
5. Tanning Causes Skin Cancer
Another one of the popular skincare myths is that tanning can cause skin cancer. While it’s true that an overabundance of UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer, going to the tanning salon occasionally and gradually tanning from the sun’s rays are not dangerous activities. Skin cancer is caused by exposure over a lifetime, not one appointment in a tanning bed or one afternoon at the beach. However, excessive tanning over prolonged periods can lead to skin damage and possibly skin cancer.
Debunking popular skin myths
Being armed with the right information backed by scientific research and approved by certified dermatologists means you can make educated decisions about your skincare. That way, you can take care of your skin and use products or treatments that are safe, effective and work for your skin type. Call the Windsor Dermatology office at 609-443-4500 or schedule an appointment online to learn the truth about skincare myths and address your skincare concerns.