If you're passionate about your beauty and the radiance of your skin, you probably have a skincare routine that you follow to achieve maximum results. However, the contents of your routine may contain or lack specific factors due to advice you heard from social media, friends, and even blogs over the years.
While this information may be correct, the possibility of your routine containing one myth or the other is high as there are numerous "facts" about the skin that are demonstrably incorrect. Some may include simple things like pimples are caused by insufficient exercise and more significant problems like sunscreens aren't necessary.
This article will present and combat these myths and misconceptions about skincare, ensuring you look your best with zero hindrance. Let's begin!
Myth 1: Natural or Chemical-free products are the Best
One common assumption worldwide is that products with synthetic ingredients are inferior to ones with natural components. However, this claim is untrue as both products are effective on the intended audience, providing their skin nourishment with no adverse effect.
It's best to consult a qualified professional to analyze the skin and recommend products containing natural or synthetic ingredients and decide what's best for you. It's worth noting that one's skin type determines one reaction to specific beauty products, like sensitive and dry skin that require delicate treatments.
Nevertheless, there is no concrete evidence that synthetic additives and ingredients produce adverse effects because without compounds like preservatives, skincare products will be riddled with bacteria, yeast, and mold.
If you decide to opt for products with natural components, ensure to pay close attention to the expiry date as these items have a shorter shelf life than ones made from chemicals.
Myth 2: Acne is Due To Not Washing the Face
You've probably heard from a friend or relative that your acne or pimple is due to poor facial Hygiene, and you won't get acne if you wash your face as frequently as possible.
While this myth may sound reasonable, it is misleading as acne development is predicated on four factors: sebum (body oil), clogged pores from dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.
While washing your face is recommended by dermatologists, it is not the remedy for acne as you need more items to combat these bumps.
Myth 3: Hot Water Opens Up The Pores
This myth is quite common amongst social media posts and less reputable blogs on the internet as they assert that washing your face with hot water opens up the pore for better cleaning. This advice may even include using steam, a hot towel, or soaking in a hot bath.
While hot water has its benefits, it is not essential for cleaning the skin as lukewarm water is sufficient to dissolve dirt and grime, leaving you whole. Undoubtedly, bathing with hot water can be gratifying and soothing, but it also possesses some adverse effects.
Hot water can damage the skin by washing away its natural, protective barrier, leaving the skin dry and vulnerable. Note that this effect only applies to unnecessarily hot water, and you can tell if the temperature is incompatible with your skin by checking for redness after bathing.
If redness appears, the water was too hot, and you need to moisturize immediately.
Myth 4: Scrubbing Harder Produces Better Results
People commonly claim that if you feel pain or slight discomfort during or after applying a skincare product, it means it's working. This statement is false as numerous products function effectively without inflicting pain on the user.
We recommend leaning towards products that present zero pain or discomfort and treat your skin gently. This advice also applies to exfoliating and bathing, as scrubbing your skin too hard does not directly result in a more visually appealing appearance.
Excessive scrubbing, instead, damages your skin and produces micro-tears that should be avoided at all costs. Instead, it's best to be gentle when treating your skin and exfoliate once or three times a week as your skin uses this period to regenerate.
The myth of excessive scrubbing most likely originated from people's need for instant results, and they want to feel the product working. This reason is why some people opt for body scrubs as they produce results faster than their chemical alternatives.
However, washing with too much pressure is detrimental to the skin. It tears the surface and rids the body of essential moisture, making it susceptible to infections, wrinkles, free radicals, and other unwanted complications.
Myth 5: If It Hurts, It's Working
If it hurts, your skin doesn't want it and should be removed immediately with a damp cloth and discarded. This myth extends the "no pain, no gain" ideology at the gym and business, but this comparison is false as beauty is entirely different from those two departments.
A slight itch or tingle is normal in skincare as it may indicate your skin becoming more elastic due to the moisturizer. On the other hand, a sensation that can best be described as painful or irritating is abnormal.
Dermatologists agree that irritation and a burning sensation indicate that you have sensitive skin that is incomparable with several beauty products. But, on the other hand, it may also indicate an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the currently used product.
*Note: if the pain or irritation doesn't subside after a few minutes, contact your dermatologist immediately to prevent complications.
Ultimately, myths exist and have been prevalent in society since the dawn of humanity; for this reason, we recommend thoroughly researching any new skin fact you come across before applying it. Consider talking to a dermatologist and put your suspicions to rest.