Common Skin Myths

Posted by Dawn on 5/12/2014
Our skin is so important because it is the part of the body that is most exposed and most visible to everyone, especially on our face. And because of that desire to have our face look our best every day, we are all inundated with ads touting the latest skin care treatments and we're told about the latest study that says eating this, drinking that or doing this will make us break out in hives, blemish our skin forever or give us cancer.

And how much of this information is true? That is hard to say - thus the problem. What to believe? Some of the advice we get seems contradictory or counter intuitive; how do we figure out which is which?

Well, we can't sort everything out for you, but we can give you a few of the most common myths about skin that have shown to be untrue, so you can at least rest easier if you hear or read these somewhere else. 

Just remember you heard it here first.

  • Myth: Dry Skin=Wrinkles. First, it is way too simplistic. Second, there is no solid evidence that dry skin does result in wrinkles - factors like smoking, aging and excessive sun exposure are all bigger factors than any effect dry skin might have.
  • Myth: 'All-natural' makeup. While organics and natural ingredients are good, much of this makeup has some of the same chemicals as the major brands; it may not be worth what you pay.
  • Myth: Breakouts? Blame grease. There is no actual evidence that greasy potato chips, pizza or other foods cause your skin to break out. So don't re-think that slice of pie or square of chocolate.
  • Myth: Sunscreen makes for safer tanning. Only to a point; it is not 100-percent effective. Keeping the skin covered with light-colored clothes are the best defense, but if you must tan, be liberal with the sunscreen - SPF 30 or higher every 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Sans makeup is good for you. Actually, a thin application of makeup every day can keep dirt and pollutants off your skin and out of your pores. While it might be OK to go without once in a while, try to do that when you are inside, in a controlled environment. If you are going to be outside without makeup, wash your face often with soap and water.