5 Popular Myths About Skin Care

By Marilynn Syrett Published 08/7/2009 | Beauty
Acne is one of the most serious skin concerns among women and even men. However, people often tend to believe that acne is only prevalent in the adolescent years and once you are past that stage in life, you don't really have to deal with bad skin and breakouts. But this is not true! In fact, many women and men have to deal with acne breakouts and inflammation throughout their life. One of the main reasons for this is they believe the myths about skin care and end up doing the wrong things to their skin.

Here are some of the popular myths about skin care and the actual truths behind them. After reading them you will know what is right for your skin and how to take care of it effectively.

Myth 1: People with Oily skin should not use Moisturizers

This is one of the most common and widespread myths. People feel that because they have oily skin, using moisturizers would only make it more oily and greasy.

However, it is important to understand that there is a difference between 'oily' and 'moisture' and thus cannot be compared. The term 'oily' refers to a particular skin type just like normal, dry or combination skin types. On the other hand moisture is the hydration element of your skin. Moisturizing products don't make your skin oily. Rather, they do just the opposite Ė they control the excessive oiliness of your skin. When you avoid using moisturizers, the sebaceous glands inside the skin cells produce more sebum (skin's natural oil) to compensate for the lack of moisture and this makes the skin oilier. And this leads to more breakouts.

Therefore, it is very important that you moisturize your skin well. Use lightweight oil-free moisturizers like Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF 30 or Kinerase HydraBoost Intensive Treatment.

Myth 2: Exfoliation causes more Breakouts

Exfoliation is often wrongly considered a prime cause of acne inflammations and breakouts as it brings everything to the surface.

But this again, is not true at all. Exfoliation scrapes off the dead skin cells from the surface and reveals the fresh new cells from underneath. If you avoid exfoliating your skin, all the dead skin cells get accumulated within the skin pores and clog them thus leading to breakouts.

Ideally, make sure you exfoliate at least two times a week. People with oily skin can exfoliate three times. Use a good exfoliating scrub like Nia 24 Physical Cleansing Scrub.

Myth 3: Flaky Skin is a peculiar trait of Dry Skin

This may sound quite logical, but is not true! Flaky skin is a result of dead skin cells peeling off from the face. No matter your skin type, you can develop flaky skin if you donít exfoliate and moisturize your skin effectively. As mentioned earlier, exfoliation scrapes off the dead skin cells while moisturizers hydrate it.

Myth 4: Itís okay to wash off Make up the next morning

There cannot be a more false myth. Leaving your make-up on while you sleep means more acne and breakouts. Even the lightest make-up can clog your skin pores if it is retained on the skin for too long. Don't take chances. It is extremely important to wash off your make up before going to sleep at night because your skin needs to breathe and carry on its natural regenerative process. And make-sup particles hinder the process.

Therefore, make sure your clean your face and probably use a make-up remover to wipe away all the cosmetic particles from your face. Also, don't forget to moisturize your face after this.

Myth 5: Make up aggravates blemishes even more

This is probably true to some extent. Because make up and cosmetics cover up the skin and enter the skin pores, they can sometimes aggravate the condition of acne and blemishes. However that doesn't mean you cannot use make up to cover them up. Look for concealers that contain blemish-treating ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

There may be many more myths associated with skin care. Whenever you hear information about skin care, make sure your research it and make an effort to know its credibility before adopting it in your skin care regimen.

Dr. Marilyn Syrett is a certified physician and has an ardent interest in various aspects of anti-aging skin care products and acne skin treatments. She earned a bachelor's degree at UC Santa Barbara in Pharmacology and completing her residency in anesthesiology at UC Irvine Medical Center.