10 Harmful Myths About Your Skin

With at least ten silly (and harmful) myths about your skin going around, How in the world do you know if the information and advice you get is true?
Skin care product companies are trying to sell you their product… Your friends maybe don’t have a lot of medical knowledge, and are repeating things about skin that are not true… LIKE:

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1. Tanning is harmless
Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Both UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage including wrinkles, lowered immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer. The amount of damage to the skin caused by the sun is determined by the total lifetime amount of radiation exposure and the person’s pigment protection.

2. Acne is caused by what you eat
Acne is caused by over production of sebum (oil) and obstruction of the pores. The amount of sebum produced by the skin is regulated by hormones only, not food. This includes chocolate, greasy food, soda, and fast foods. These foods have absolutely NO effect on the hormones that regulate sebum production.

3. Dermatologists can diagnose any skin condition
Medicine is not always an exact science. Dermatologists spend at least 3 years learning about various skin disorders and are trained to diagnose a rash by giving a prioritized list of possibilities. Sometimes the response to treatment helps determine the diagnosis. Unfortunately, some people have rashes that fit several different disease profiles.

4. Topical (applied directly to the skin) antioxidants reverse wrinkles
Free radicals (which antioxidants neutralize) play an important role in creating wrinkles. So, it makes sense that antioxidants would make skin more youthful. Unfortunately, while the research is ongoing, there are currently no good scientific studies that show what type of topical antioxidant is effective. As of this writing, the only topical product that has been proven to improve wrinkles is Retin-A.

5. Products labeled “All Natural” are the best
Unfortunately, this term can mean just about anything, and cosmetics companies use it any way they want.

Bottom line is, that unless you make it yourself, ALL cosmetics and skin care products have synthetic ingredients in them. Just because a skin care product claims to be made from a plant does not mean that it is better for the skin than a product created in a lab…how MUCH of the plant? What ELSE does the plant do? What is used for fragrance, to make it smoother, to get it to stay on? All questions to consider before paying those outrageous prices for tiny amounts of “all natural” beauty products.

6. I can’t get herpes from someone who doesn’t have a rash
Understanding how the herpes simplex virus works is crucial to understanding how it causes lifelong infection.

Viral shedding can occur before a rash develops, making it possible to be infected after contact with normal appearing skin.

7. Dry skin causes wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused by many factors, as the skin ages. The microscopic changes are distinct and unmistakable. Even though wrinkled skin looks better when it is moisturized, there is no evidence that moisturizer has any effect on the microscopic skin damage. In other words, moisturizers do not have any long-term effect on wrinkles.

8. Expensive skin care products are better than inexpensive ones
The cost of a skin care product or cosmetic is absolutely NOT an indicator of effectiveness. The cosmetics industry would like people to believe that an expensive product has some special ingredient in it that makes it more effective. However, there are many products in every class that are effective and don’t come with a high price tag.

Better yet, there are many you can make yourself using REAL “all natural” ingredients and nothing else…More on that later.

9. Skin conditions can be cleared up quickly
Some skin conditions such as bacterial infections start improving as soon as you use the right medications. However, many skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (a form of allergy where a hypersensitivity reaction such as dermatitis or asthma may occur in a part of the body not in contact with the allergen), psoriasis, and seborrhea are chronic, meaning they get better slowly with treatment and recur when the treatment stops.

10. Men don’t have as many skin problems as women
Men wrinkle as much as women and they get skin conditions such as acne, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis just like women. Men also have other concerns surrounding facial hair.

Men may not spend as much money as women on wrinkle creams and other skin care products, but it’s just as important for them to use sunscreen and protect their skin.