Today, we seek to debunk some of the most obnoxious myths about skincare. For those who have believed some of these myths, it’s time to see the light!
Myth #1: Oily Food Causes Acne
Most people believe that oily foods cause breakouts. However, instead of Oil, the real culprit that we should be avoiding is Sugar. In recent years, some researchers found that the best way to have healthier skin is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady.
Too much intake of sugary foods will trigger your body to make a burst of insulin and this disrupts the hormone balance in your body. So it is extremely important to regulate your consumption of sugary foods.
Myth #2: The Higher the SPF, the Longer You Can Stay in the Sun
SPF is not an indication of how long you can stay under the protection of the sunscreen. It refers to the ability of the sunscreen to block Ultraviolet B Rays (there are other types of UV Rays).
Here’s a quick reference guide:
SPF 15 – Blocks 94% of UVB Rays
SPF 30 – Blocks 97% of UVB Rays
SPF 45 – Blocks 98% of UVB Rays
After that, it does not really make much of a difference. The real trick is to reapply it often (every 2 hours or so).
Myth #3: It’s Wiser to Pop Pimples to Get Rid of Pus
As good and right as it might seem, releasing the pus unprofessionally can cause more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spreading under the skin. That is also the reason why a few days after popping one, another one often appears.
It is best to leave the popping business to dermatologists and well-trained aestheticians. That will minimize the risk of scarring and spreading.
Next time you think about popping your pimples, please think again!
Myth #4: Everyone Eventually Outgrows Acne
Parents tend to tell their children to not worry about their acne problems because they will disappear after they grow up. Sure, time may heal, but sadly, it does not heal everything. You can blame this on hormones.
For men, their hormone levels tend to level out after puberty, so they can indeed outgrow acne. However, because women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime (thank you, period), the same, sadly, cannot be said.
Myth #5: You can Get Rid of Cellulite
Truth be told: even Liposuction cannot entirely get rid of Cellulite.
Most treatments and creams can only minimize the look of Cellulite (the dimpled effect) by ironing out fat cells. However, the effect mostly lasts for at best, a few months.
The best advice would be to exercise often and regularly. Everyday energizing movements and skin warming exercises will help prevent the formation of Cellulite.
Myth #6: The Tingling Sensation Means that the Product Works
No, this tingling sensation should not be confused with the one you get from love.
In fact, it is your skin telling you to abort mission! It is your skin responding to irritation, resulting in inflammation. Products that produce this sensation can even damage your skin’s healing process.
Make sure to check if the product contains any possible skin allergens, and if the tingling sensation does not die down after a while, pay a visit to your doctor/dermatologist!
Myth #7: There is no Need for Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day
This is probably the most common myth today. But get this: unless there is a rare occurrence of a solar eclipse, UV Radiation from the Sun is always prevalent. So even on a cloudy day, UV Rays do indeed reach the Earth’s surface.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you apply sunscreen everyday, regardless of weather conditions. Do remember to reapply it for best results!
Sorry people, the truth does hurt sometimes. But do share your new found knowledge with your friends as it might help them tremendously!