Skin Care Myths

You’ve probably gotten a lot of tips and advice about skin care over the years.  But not all of it is true.  Believing myths about skin care can be dangerous and create bad habits.  Today we’re debunking some of the most common skin care myths to keep the record straight:

Myth: Forcefully scrubbing the face will prevent and relieve acne.  The natural oils on our face not only provide moisturization, but also act as a protective barrier.  These oils have a built-in immune system that helps prevent microbes from absorbing into skin, causing skin cell and bodily harm.  When you scrub vigorously, you are removing these essential oils which may leave skin more susceptible to acne and can cause burning, rashes and irritation.  Instead, use a Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser twice daily and exfoliate once a week to tenderly remove dirt, dead skin cells and excess oil from pores.

Myth:  Facials are necessary for good skin.  Facials may be relaxing and enjoyable, but they are not the miracle cure-all for skin health.  Great skin requires daily care, which you can do at home with the right skin care regimen of cleansers, moisturizers and occasional masks and exfoliants.  Save your money for all-natural skin care products like Natura Veda rather than heading to the spa for weekly facials.

Myth:  Greasy foods and chocolate cause acne.  Dermatologists agree that no foods have ever proved to cause acne.  Stress that often leads to overeating may be the actual culprit, which is how this myth likely got started.  Acne is the result of sebum oil clogging pores and creating pimples.  Food does not increase sebum oils but overactive hormones from stress, puberty or pregnancy can increase oil production. 

Myth:  Popping pimples will reduce infection and redness.  It’s so tempting to pop the pus out of pimples, but the truth is you are usually making them worse.  Pushing pimples can cause the infection to go deeper into your skin layers, resulting in a worse and longer-term blemish.  Also, once you pop your pimple, it is likely to cause redness and the pus may spread to other areas of the face, creating more problem areas.  Try to let the pimple work itself out. 

Myth:  Higher SPF offers better sun protection.  Sun Protection Factor or SPF indicates the level of UVB protection in a product.  UVB rays are those that can burn skin.  UVA rays are those that can alter skin pigment, resulting in a tan, and also contribute to skin aging.  Both UVA and UVB rays can lead to skin cancer.  Higher SPF levels are not necessarily better than lower ones.  For example, SPF 30 that blocks 97% of UVB rays is not twice as good as SPF 15 that blocks 93% of UVB rays.  What is important is that sunscreen contain UVA and UVB blockers, usually listed as broad spectrum protection, and never exceeds SPF50.

Myth:  You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day.  Hopefully by now you know this is very far from the truth.  UV rays are strong and can cut through clouds to damage skin.  Also, don’t be fooled by makeup that claims to have SPF, even on a cloudy day.  It is not nearly as effective as sunscreen or SPF moisturizers. 

Myth:  Chemical-based skin care products are most effective.   Nature has been doing an amazing job of nourishing the world for a very long time.  Why mess with a winning formula?  Natural skin-care products formulated with the right ingredients can be just as effective at creating clear complexions, firmer skin tone and a more radiant glow.  And without the chemicals, your skin and entire body are protected from toxic ingredients that can lead to a host of health problems.  Age-defying skin care requires one key natural ingredient, retinol, to stimulate cell production, treat acne and reverse the signs of aging from the sun and natural processes. 

Don’t fall prey to skin care myths.  Get the facts to ensure you’re wearing your best skin every day!

Erin Stieglitz
Erin Stieglitz