Myths about Skincare

myths about skincare

We all want to have perfect skin, but this isn’t always achievable. The skin care industry is full of falsehoods and misleading information. For the average consumer, it’s often difficult to tell what is true and what isn’t. Some advice can even be harmful to your skin health. Looking to avoid this bad advice? Our Newport dermatologist has compiled a list of common skin care myths. 

  1. You will age faster from wearing makeup. 

Those who wear makeup on a regular basis may be worrying about how a product impacts the skin. Maybe you’ve even heard that makeup causes your skin to age and wrinkle. While certain makeup ingredients can cause acne breakout, it doesn’t necessarily cause the skin to age. In fact, some Newport Beach dermatology products are even able to protect skin with the right ingredients. However, what can cause aging is a refusal to wash makeup off. So our dermatologist in Newport Beach recommends that you wash your face before bed if you wear makeup. 

  1. Try washing and scrubbing harder. 

Some people are under the impression that the harder you scrub, the cleaner your skin will turn out. That is not the case, according to Newport dermatologist. Scrubbing the skin too harshly can wipe away essential oils that are needed to moisturize the skin. Without these oils, the skin is left more vulnerable to pores, wrinkles, and even infection. When washing your skin, be sure to do it with a soft touch. 

  1. Alcohol will fight acre. 

In fact, alcohol often has the opposite effect when applying it to acne. Rubbing alcohol dries out the skin, leading to irritation and overcompensation from the skin’s pores. This overcompensation will lead to excess oil, which will plug up the pores. Our Newport Beach dermatology expert recommends that you avoid any skin products or makeup products that contain alcohol. 

  1. Do not moisturize oily skin. 

If you have oily skin, you may have been told that you don’t need to moisturize. While oily skin doesn’t require as much hydration as dry skin, it could still benefit from a moisturizer application. Our dermatologist in Newport Beach will be happy to provide a list of recommendations for the best moisturizers. 

  1. Junk food leads to acne. 

While a junk food diet leads to poor overall health, it doesn’t necessarily contribute to bad skin health. Studies have not found a strong link between the cause and effect.

For more information on how to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy contact Dr. Stefani Kappel, Newport Beach Dermatologist, for a consultation.