29 Jun Common Skincare and Dermatology Myths
You’ve heard us say before how confusing skincare can be. There is so much misinformation and “hacks” on the internet. This can make it difficult to know what is and isn’t true. Add to this the staggering number of products on the market. The skincare industry alone is worth over $300 billion—that’s a lot of products and claims to wade through. To help, we’ve pulled together some common skin myths and claims we’ve seen to discuss.
Common skincare myths
Skincare is individual to each person. That’s why skincare needs to be personalized. Because of this, not all skincare myths will be true of everyone. However, we’ve gathered some of the most common we’ve heard from our patients and seen on the internet. Let’s get started.
Oily skin needs less moisture
One of the most common myths is that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer. While everyone’s skin is different, one common need is moisture. It can be counterintuitive to think about adding moisture to oily skin. That’s understandable. However, for most people with oil-prone skin, lack of moisture can actually dry the skin out. When the skin begins to dry out (even if it still feels oily), your skin will produce more oil. It does this to counteract the dryness. This starts a cycle of increased oil production that can also cause acne to get worse. If you have oily skin, you want to look for a lightweight moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.
You don’t need sunscreen if it’s not warm and sunny
You might be tired of hearing us say this, but you need sunscreen year-round. Just because it isn’t sunny or warm, doesn’t mean you’re safe from sun damage. In the winter, for example, sun can reflect off of snow and cause worse sunburns than you’d imagine. Sunlight can also penetrate cloud coverage anytime. This means you’re always vulnerable to sun damage when outside. Of course, you’re more likely to get sunburnt in warm weather when outdoor activities are more common. But it’s helpful to get in the routine of applying sunscreen daily no matter the time of year.
A sunburn isn’t bad if it turns into a tan
A common misconception about sunburn is that it’s not “damage” if it turns into a tan. This is false. Any type of sunburn is damaging to the skin. More severe burns, of course, can cause more damage and hurt worse. However, any type of sunburn increases your lifetime risk of skin cancer. This is particularly true of childhood sunburns, which are linked to higher instances of adult skin cancer.
Dermatologists only treat skin
Dermatology is a well-established branch of healthcare. But it’s not always understood. Many people think that dermatologists are just “skin doctors.” While this is true, dermatologists also treat more than just skin. For example, dermatologists can also address nail, scalp and hair issues. Many conditions that affect nails and hair are linked to other skin conditions.
It’s okay to sleep in makeup
You shouldn’t sleep in your makeup. This myth seems to be well-understand. Most people know they shouldn’t sleep in makeup. But many people still do. This can cause a host of problems. The least of these problems include clogged pores and acne. More serious issues can also occur. For example, sleeping in mascara can cause buildup in the eyes. This can lead to serious issues like conjunctivitis.
Acne is for teenagers
Teenagers do struggle with acne more than adults. This is true and typically a normal part of adolescence and puberty. Yet, adult acne is more common than you might think. Adult acne may be the result of hormone imbalances, stress or products. It’s important to talk with your dermatologist to determine the cause of your acne. This helps them determine the best treatment plan for you.
You can scrub dry skin off
It can be tempting to scrub and scrub dry skin. Exfoliation can be a good thing. It helps remove dead skin cells and keep pores unclogged. However, over scrubbing is real. If you over scrub your face, especially with harsh exfoliators, you can do more damage than good. Try gentle exfoliators no more than twice a week. Be sure to consult your dermatology provider, too. They can help you create a skincare regimen personalized to your skin type.
Skin myths debunked
Misinformation about skincare is everywhere. Myths and false claims are abundant. But this list can help you debunk some common skin myths. Remember, if you have skin concerns of any kind, it’s best to see a board-certified dermatologist. Dermatologists and their medical staff can address a wide range of concerns and conditions. They can help you create a treatment plan and regimen that will work for your skin. To schedule an appointment with Loven Dermatology, please call 615.859.7546.
At Loven Dermatology, we are passionate about providing our patients with high-quality, individualized dermatological care and treatment. Our providers offer advanced, personalized care for a wide range of hair, skin and nail conditions. Please call us at 615.859.7546 for more information or to schedule your appointment.