Growing up, you hear a lot about skin care and different wives tales on how to combat acne and obtain great skin. Although, some people may swear some of these remedies; this is not very helpful. All skin is NOT created equal. So here are a few myths we busting.
Disclaimer: If some of the named "myths" work for you. By all means continue to use at your discretion. Also I am not a dermatologist nor a licensed esthetician. Please seek a professional's opinion on skin care products or remedies that work best for YOUR skin.
Now let's get into it:
MYTH #1: "You can't get acne, if you wash your face everyday."
The truth is, it does not matter if you wash your face everyday or even twice a day. Everyone is prone to getting acne at sometime. Even into adulthood. Some people even have more acne prone skin than others. There are skin conditions such as: cystic acne, hormonal acne, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and acne vulgaris. Washing your face properly can help to reduce the build up of oils on the skin. However, face washing alone will not eliminate acne.
MYTH #2: "Using toothpaste on your pimples will make them disappear"
I am so guilty of using and standing by this myth. Yes ma'am, I am. Toothpaste only dries out the skin but it does not kill bacteria. Toothpaste can actually cause irritation and skin soreness. It may even make matters worse. The baking soda in the toothpaste alone can cause rashes and even burn the skin, throwing off the ph balance. The pimple may go away but it may cause some lasting effects that we do not want in place of that pimple sis.....mmmkay?!!!
MYTH #3: "You do not have to moisturize if you have oily skin."
This is TOTALLY myth sis. Although us oily sisters produce our own "moisture" (so to speak), we still need a protective barrier. When we cleanse our face, it strips that oil away causing our skin to be momentarily dry until more is produced. Moisturizer not only helps to hydrate the skin but like I said creates another barrier on the skin as a form of protection.
MYTH #4: "There is no such thing as over exfoliating."
Ummm....there in fact IS a such thing as over exfoliating your skin. Keyword......IRRITATION. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin all the while cleansing the skin. Exfoliation is ok once or twice a week (depending on your skin type) but too much of anything is a not a good thing. Over exfoliation can cause some unwarranted results. Be gentle with your skin and monitor how often exfoliation works for your skin. Again, some skin can handle daily exfoliation while others....not so much.
MYTH #5: "You don't need sunscreen if you are dark skinned."
This is one of the BIGGEST misconceptions. Those of us blessed with melanated skin need just as much protection. However, there is a beauty in the power of melanin. Melanin is a natural protection against the sun but that does not mean the sun is not harmful. Black skin can still burn and NO one is immune to skin cancers. At the least, we should be wearing SPF 15 for protection.
Taking care of our skin is a must this year and for years to come. The basis of great makeup is a great foundation. Flawless makeup REQUIRES flawless skin and we are working to take our power back with our skin. Your skin is the biggest organ on your body and it requires some TLC all over; not just your face. Exfoliate your body, moisturize your skin, and love all of your blemishes and perfect imperfections.
If there are some myths you would like busted let us know!