Skin Care Myths: The Real Truth Behind Them

When it comes to skin care, we’ve all been told some pretty big lies. We’re tired of the false demons: Armed with the truths, we can have healthier, happier skin. We asked some of the experts for their favorite myths – and the reality behind the story!

Posted on 6/11/2014 10:08:08 PM

Oily skin does not need a moisturizer.
Oily skin tends to become dehydrated (lacking water moisture) and can stimulate oil glands to produce more oil to balance the skin, says Wellman.

Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer everyday!

I should see progress within about two weeks of trying a new skincare system.
“You want to look for results after four weeks. The average turnover time for skin cells is 21 days, slower for older adults and faster for young people.

Women will usually see results first in the area between their mouth and cheeks (the nasolabial fold). Most men will see their earliest improvements around their eyes: the puffiness and dark circles will diminish,” says skin care scientist Nathalie Chevreau, PhD, RD.

Your skin can become used to products.
This certainly depends on the product and active ingredient.

“Certain ingredients like retinol, the skin does not ‘get used to’ – for most people, this product can and should be used indefinitely.

In contrast, people can get acclimated/resistant to pimple fighting topical antibacterials/antibiotics and in this case, 

if a product worked well and no longer appears to be effective, it may be wise to switch,” says Dr. Bank.

You can get rid of cellulite.

Cellulite is a complicated multifactorial problem. “While it may be improved temporarily by any number of treatments, there is no current treatment that will permanently get rid of it,” says Dr. Bank. Let the buyer beware!

Scrubs will clear my acne. 
Acne starts in the pore, not on the surface of your skin.

“Scrubbing acne skin can make the inflammation worse so instead use gentle non-comedogenic cleansers and an exfoliating serum to prevent the acne from forming in the first place,” says Crystal Wellman, owner of Crystal Clear Acne Clinic.

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