Debunking Common Skin Care Myths

If you’re like many people, you probably know that taking good care of your skin can give you a healthy, younger appearance even as you get older. You should wear sunscreen every day to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays, practice a good at-home cleansing regimen, and see your dermatologist regularly to monitor any changes in your skin. However, despite all that you may know about skin care, there are still a number of common myths floating around that should be dispelled. Read on to learn the truth about common skin care myths. Wrinkle Formation One of the most common myths about skin care is that all of a person’s wrinkles develop by the age of 25—they just start to show at different times. This is patently untrue, since exposure to the sun at any age can cause wrinkles to form or lead to an increase in a person’s number of wrinkles. Collagen, which is the protein that gives skin its structure, decreases as you get older, which also leads to the formation of wrinkles. Moisturizer Application It’s important to keep your skin healthy and nourished by moisturizing it with a lotion that’s suitable for your skin type. Some people believe that if you don’t apply moisturizer or foundation in upward strokes, it will cause wrinkles. This is also untrue. The skin has a certain level of elasticity, and it will return to its previous position even after daily application. To artificially create a wrinkle, the skin would have to be stretched repeatedly in the same direction for a much longer amount of time. Acne Causes Another common skin myth is that acne can be caused by dirt, or certain foods in your diet. Sebum, a substance that your skin naturally produces, is the true culprit behind breakouts. If sebum clogs a pore, a pimple will form. As long as you don’t get greasy food on your face too often, your foods shouldn’t affect acne. Get the answers to all of your questions about skin care at your next appointment at Specialists in Dermatology. Contact our Tucson office at (520) 382-3330 to have our board-certified doctors examine your skin. We are proud to have an experienced and diverse team providing a high level of care for all of our patients.