Skin is the largest organ in the human body, accounting for about 15% of your body weight. As much as we take care of our skin, there are several misconceptions about skin and skin care. Here are some common misconceptions:
Pores Open and Close
Pores are just openings in your skin – they aren’t attached to any muscles that would allow them to expand or contract in the ways that common knowledge would have us believe. There are many products on the market that claim to “minimize pores” or “refine pores”. One of the most common skin care misconceptions is that hot water can open pores while cold water can close them. The truth is, nothing can open or close pores. They are the size that they are. However, thoroughly cleaning them can make them less noticeable.
Greasy Foods cause Greasy Skin
In one of the most lasting misconceptions, mothers have been telling teenagers forever that eating French fries or chocolate causes breakouts. The truth is that acne is a result of genes, hormones and sometimes skin care regimes, but studies have not successfully linked it to food. However, a good diet with lots of antioxidants and plenty of water has been linked to healthy skin.
More is Better
Many people believe that using more of a good product is going to mean better results. One example of this is sunscreen – the general thought being that if you use a foundation with SPF, and then layer on a sunscreen with SPF, you’ve doubled your protection, which is not true. If you use two products with SPF 15, you’ve still only got SPF 15, not SPF 30, on your skin. People also sometimes thing that globbing on the moisturizer means extra hydrated skin, but it can actually just make the skin oily and prone to breakouts (plus it wastes money). Products are formulated with specific amounts in mind, so use the amount recommended.
Pregnancy Stretch Marks are Completely Preventable
This is one of the misconceptions largely based on popular products and their television ads. The truth is, 90% of women will get stretch marks before giving birth and if you are genetically prone, no product is really going to prevent them. You can lessen their appearance with products, but chances are you’ll get them.
Indoor Tanning Doesn’t Damage Skin
This is one of the most dangerous misconceptions when it comes to skincare. Indoor tanning is equally or even more damaging than natural UV rays, and the damage starts long before the skin burns.
Scrubbing Cleans Away Breakouts
In the quest to get rid of breakouts, many people try scrubbing the skin or exfoliating intensely. But this can actually cause a response in the skin to make more oil, which causes more breakouts.
A “Base Tan” Prevents Sun Damage
Some people think getting a base tan will prevent burning – but the truth is that tanning of the skin is damage. Using a self-tanner can give you the look without the damage.
Vitamin E Erases Scars
Regardless of what some products claim, Vitamin E has not been proven to improve the appearance of scars.
The School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics offers comprehensive skin care education for our esthetician students.