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Skin Myths Debunked

Posted by Michelle Stafford on

We've all heard 'em. The skin myths that are lurking in every corner of the internet, telling you to put this on your face to look like your school picture from high school, to wash your face with that to give you back your youthful glow. Well, we took some of our top myths that we have heard here at Skin Nation in emails and in social media comments, to clear up some confusion that is floating around out there on the world-wide-web.

Myth: Skin should feel tight after washing.

Truth: Your skin should feel refreshed and relaxed after cleansing it. If your skin feels tight after washing it, chances are that your cleanser is too harsh for your skin. When your skin is tight, that means it is dried out, which can actually cause fine lines to appear and rob the skin of its natural oils. When the skin is robebd of its natural oils, it overcompensates for the lack of moisture by generating extra oils, causing more breakouts. Make sure that your cleanser is gentle, and leaves your skin feeling restored, and not a desert.

Myth: If a product doesn't work on my skin right away, I should move on.

Truth: It’s important to stick to a skin care regimen long enough to see what your skin does and doesn’t reacts well to enough to see what works for your skin and what doesn't. "I suggest waiting 8 to 10 weeks before you abandon a product and try the next thing," says Mark G. Rubin, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Your Skin, Younger. Remember that not everyone’s skin will react that same way to every cleanser, crème, serum and toner out there. Patience is key.

Myth: The only thing I need to do for my face is wash it with a cleanser.

Truth: Cleansing is no doubt good for the skin, but it only removes the top layer of debris and particles from your skin. Crèmes and serums protect the skin from other environmental factors and aids the skin in the aging process.

 Myth: My Skin Will Age Just Like My Mom's

Truth: There is no guarantee that your skin will or will not age just the way your parents did. There are more factors than just genetics that play into your skin’s overall appearance. Lifestyle choices and health also play a large role in your skin’s health and how you age.

Myth: If I fall asleep with makeup on, no one gets hurt

Truth: Sure, you may not get physically hurt, but your skin will certainly suffer from having makeup sitting on it’s surface for hours while you snooze. Every cosmetic product leaves a thin film on the skin’s surface that can cause irritation, dehydration, and clog your pores. I know how nice it is to finally hit the hay at the end of a long day, but do your skin a favor and let it breathe while you count sheep.

 Myth: "Age spots" are simply a fact of getting older

Truth: We aren’t quite sure where the term “age spots” came from, because these pesky dark spots are cause by exposure to the sun, not age.

But, whatever you want to call them, these spots are unwanted and can show up at any age.

For lightening dark spots, products that contain vitamin C can have stunning results—and can be used for ultimate complexion improvement.

Important: In order for skin lightening or brightening products to work, applying broad spectrum sun protection 365 days a year is absolutely required. No way around this: If you skip or are inconsistent with this crucial step, the spots and uneven skin tone will not change for the better.

Myth: Acne decreases with age

Truth: If only this was true! Anyone in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s can have acne just like teenagers, and the products needed to get it under control are the same as the ones you used when you were just learning to drive your dad’s pick up truck. What helps acne and get it under control isn’t dependent on age.

What’s also true: Having clear skin as a teenager isn’t a freebie that you’ll be clear-skinned all of your life. Your skin changes with time.

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