Skin care myths you should never believe

 You might have come across a lot of skincare advises and you might have believed a maximum of them. But one should know that not all the skincare suggestions are worth following. Many of them are harmful.

Leading dermatologists have stepped up and given some facts about many commonly held beauty beliefs and myths. Some of the myths that one should stop following right away are here-

You get acne because you don’t wash your face

This one is indeed a myth. You are not going to get acne just because you don’t wash your face correctly or regularly enough. In order for acne to develop, there needs to be a combination of four factors which include clogged pores, sebum, bacteria, and inflammation.

While not washing your face certainly will not help the problem, it is not the leading cause of acne.

Anything marked “natural” or “chemical-free” is better than other types of skincare products

This myth is not true and the effects of a product depend entirely on the person using it. In order to know what product is right for you, you need to have a proper skin consultation with a qualified professional. Also, products like ‘chemical’ peels can still be made from natural ingredients and great for all skin types.

It is all about preference and skin type of the person when deciding what ingredients to apply on the skin. There is no proper evidence that chemicals like parabens and preservatives in skincare are harmful to the skin. In fact, without preservatives, skin care products are more susceptible to the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast.

Rubbing alcohol will stop your acne

Rubbing alcohol is much too drying and irritating for the skin and it is not recommended in most cases. In many cases alcohol will dry out the skin so much that the skin will overcompensate by producing excess sebum. This will lead to clogged pores which is bad for the skin.

But when you use the correct type of alcohol and combine with the right ingredients and in the right concentration then it is considered safe and effective to be used on the skin. Instead of alcohol you can also look for alternative acne fighting products that contain glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, witch hazel or tea tree oil.

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Expensive skin care products work best

This myth is not always true and common drugstore moisturizers and sunscreen are known to be effective and popularly used by many.

Most active ingredients found in anti-aging creams and other creams are similar whether they are sold by a local store or a fancy boutique. Expensive skin care products can be good but you can also get similar products that give similar results for a lot less price.

When shopping for sunscreen, moisturizer or any other skincare product, never blindly pick just the most expensive products. You need to check the list of ingredients to see which ones your skin will react well to.

You don’t have to wear sunscreen on cloudy days

This is one myth that is never true. Sunscreen is very important and you must apply it when you are both indoors and outdoors every single day, whether the sky is clear or cloudy. Harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can penetrate the clouds and harm the skin if you are not wearing any sunscreen for protection.

Many dermatologists have found that the UV rays can also pass through glass windows, making you exposed even while travelling inside a car. It suggested  that you must regularly wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 20 to 30.

Popping pimples will get rid of acne

This is actually one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Popping pimples has drastic effects on the skin including causing irritation and sometimes leaving scars even.

Acne is not  just confined to the top layer of the skin and most pimples have deep roots in the skin layer. Whenever you pop a pimple, the inflammation caused on the surface of skin will travel deeper into the skin. This will lead to the original infection spreading and possibly causing more pimples on the skin.


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Jim Carson

Jim Carson is the writer for the mental health section of He is certified in clinical mental health counselling and has conducted cognitive behaviour therapy for war veterans struggling with PTSD. Professionally and personally, Jim is an astute observer of human behaviour that reflects well in his work.