When it comes to your skin health, you shouldn’t be taking any chances. However, there is a plethora of advice out there, and sometimes you may end up believing in the wrong thing! What if it’s actually causing more harm to your skin by following these so-called “facts”? Together, let’s debunk these six skin care myths!
1) Junk/Oily Food Causes Acne
More often than not, we hear people say, “You’d better cut down on oily food, your face is getting worse!” That is actually not true, as it turns out that high-glycemic food is the culprit more than junk/oily food. These foods are refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, sweets, and sugary drinks, which have inflammatory properties. “So far, no studies have shown a direct correlation between junk food and breakouts or acne,” says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. (Source: Real Simple)
2) You Should Use Skin Care Products From the Same Line to Achieve Maximum Results
According to David Bank, not necessarily. You have to figure out what’s best for you, and not fall for marketing gimmicks, which may brand the whole line as “must-have items”. In fact, knowing what are your skin problems and using reliable products that target your skin problems is far more important! For example, you may use cleansers, toners, and moisturisers of various brands, but you use Bio-Oil to reduce the appearance of your acne scars.
3) You Get Acne Because You’re Not Washing Your Face
Actually, there’s no such thing as developing acne due to improper or infrequent face-washing. Acne only forms under a combination of four factors: clogged pores, sebum, bacteria, and inflammation. While not washing your face may result in excess sebum, it is definitely not the sole cause of acne formation. Who knew? Just like plants, even acne has to “grow” under suitable conditions. (Source: Dermstore)
4) Toothpaste Helps Treat Acne Better
Well, according to Dr. Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, not really. “Certain ingredients found in toothpaste, such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan have drying properties. However, there are no ingredients in toothpaste that make this method more effective than conventional treatments,” she says. In fact, over-drying and irritation may occur, further worsening the condition of your acne. (Source: Good Housekeeping)
5) Avoid Oil-Based Products If You Are Acne-Prone/Have Oily Skin
This is probably one of the most confusing myths ever, because why would you add oil onto oil? Here’s why. “The theory behind oil cleansers is that they’re thought to remove bad excess oil because they have similar chemical properties as skin oil, which allow them to interact,” says Arielle Nagler, MD, a dermatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. “This is in contrast to washing with water, which separates from oil.” Therefore, don’t be afraid to oil it up! (Source: Health)
6) Acne Scars Can’t Be Reduced
Actually, with the suitable products, they can! Acne scars may be permanent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about them. It all depends on how quickly you dealt with the acne, the type of scar it leaves behind, and of course, what product you use to reduce the scar(s). For example, Bio-Oil helps to improve the appearance of scars, with the help of certain ingredients such as Vitamin E, lavender and rosemary oils, a mixture of other plant extracts and oils, and PurCellin Oil™. With the correct product, you can say bye-bye to your acne scars! (Source: Bio-Oil)
So now you see, not everything is believable! Hopefully, with the debunking of these six myths, you’ll be able to take better care of your skin. Besides food choice and hygiene habits, the choice of product plays a pretty important role in skin care as well! Therefore, choose your product with great care. And we have some good news: if you’re looking for a suitable product for your acne scars, visit Shopee and enter the promo code MYHETP25 to get a 60 ml Bio-Oil for only RM 25! This promotion is for a limited time only, so hurry!
Pro Tip: Less is more, all you have to do is apply Bio-Oil twice a day, and massage in circular motion until it is fully absorbed into the skin!