When it comes to taking care of your skin, it can be tough to know what’s really true and what’s just a myth. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to separate the facts from the fiction. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common skincare myths and help you figure out what’s really going on with your skin.
Today, we’ll dispel some frightening skincare myths in an effort to alleviate your fears.
MYTH #1: Sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days.
The sun is out whether you can see it or not. Wearing sun protection factor (SPF) is essential year-round, not just when the temperature is low, or the sky is overcast because the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds. Always look for broad-spectrum protection that blocks UVA and UVB rays when purchasing sunscreen. It must be reapplied frequently when spending long periods outdoors, especially after sweating or getting wet.
MYTH #2: Acne is caused by not washing one’s face.
Even though washing your face can help your skin look better, acne and face washing are not directly linked. Genes and hormones also cause acne, and people with oily skin are more likely to have outbreaks. People with oily skin may need to wash their faces more often, but those who don’t have oily skin don’t have to.
MYTH #3: Chocolate causes acne.
With Trick-or-Treat right around the corner, it is essential first to clear up this myth. Contrary to skincare urban legends, chocolate does not cause acne, at least not in a specific way. Studies show that eating too many foods high in fat, sugar, and dairy can make acne worse. This may be because they cause the body to produce more insulin, which encourages the release of sebum, a hormone that causes acne. So, the ingredients in chocolate may raise your risk, but moderation is essential, as with everything else in life.
MYTH #4: Age spots are an inevitable part of getting older.
Age spots are not caused by aging, despite their name. These patches of discolored skin, also called liver spots, are caused by a buildup of melanin from too much and too long exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. To put it more simply, age spots are a type of sun damage that can be prevented using sunscreen correctly and regularly.
MYTH #5: Retinoids thin your skin.
Retinoids, made from Vitamin A, reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and acne. This common belief comes from the fact that one of the first side effects of using retinoids is peeling skin. But peeling skin doesn’t mean that the skin is getting thinner. Retinoids help to make the skin thicker.
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