It’s easy to fall for the latest skincare product's radiant skin "guarantee." However, when it comes to skin health, there are a slew of dos and don’ts that everyone should know to prevent premature aging. In Mental Floss’s latest episode, “Misconceptions About Makeup,” host Elliott Morgan dispels common skincare myths that fail to contest the scrutiny of dermatologists.
The skin is the body’s largest and fastest growing organ that should be taken care of properly. Unfortunately, people misinterpret that as a need to spend more for good looks. A Huffington Post and YouGov survey, which polled 1,000 U.S. adults, found both men and women use one to two beauty products daily. Unsurprisingly, women reportedly spend over $426 billion a year on beauty products, making it expensive to be a woman.
Products claim they’re hypoallergenic or reduce acne in just four hours, but the truth is cosmetic products and ingredients do not need Food and Drug Administration premarket approval. This breeds confusion, and most importantly, wreaks havoc on healthy skin.
A common myth about skin care is that you outgrow acne. Approximately 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 occasionally experience acne, but some people actually get acne for the first time when they’re in their 30s and 40s. They can even have breakouts.
These breakouts can be attributed to hormones and lifestyle habits. When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, the once a month rule is null and void. Cleaning your makeup brushes every week can help get rid of the bacteria sitting in the bristles. Failure to do so will allow bacteria to grow and eventually latch onto the skin and cause acne.
While clogged pores aren’t good for your skin, they aren’t suffocating it either. A popular misconception and term used in beauty is “skin breathes.” The truth is the top layer of skin is dead, so it doesn’t breathe. The term is wrongly used to describe skin when it is occluded due to pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads.
Needless to say, whether you’re a man or a woman, it can be difficult to separate the hype of skincare products from reality. Soap is considered necessary for cleanliness, especially the face, but scrubbing it with soap can remove the good stuff, like protective oils. This can increase the risk of rashes and burns.
When it comes to your skin’s health, it’s best to seek advice from a dermatologist first.
Click on Mental Floss’s video above to see other common skincare myths exposed.