Fact Vs. Fiction: Which Do You Believe?
Billions and billions of dollars are spent on state-of-the-art miracle skin care creams each year. If the miracle skin care regimens fail to deliver the results expected consumers take things into their own hand. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common myths which have been engrained in your mind for years.
The Truth About Your Skin
Scrubbing your face forcefully with soap will wash away your acne is one of the biggest myths around. Washing you face with soap does in fact get rid of a lot of dirt, oils, and dead skin cells. However, washing your face too frequently can result in skin irritation or may cause your skin to dry out. This tends to make acne a lot worse. Be sure to wash your face no more than twice a day with lukewarm water and mild soap. Remember to pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Another myth is that a higher SPF means better protection from the sun. Since there are about 3.5 million skin cancer cases every year in the United States, you must protect yourself from the ultraviolet rays of the radiant sun.
Although it is best to select a sunscreen with a SPF protection between 15 and 30 because it protects against UVA and UBA rays, a majority of sunscreens despite how high their SPF is only protect against UVB rays. UVA rays still pass through which damages your DNA and causes skin cancer.
The myth that junk food causes acne is the furthest thing from the truth. Studies have revealed that there is no apparent link between junk food and the production of acne. Make sure you avoid wiping the oils from greasy foods on your face as they tend to inflame your pores resulting in acne. Bacteria, hormones, stress, and pollution are all associated with acne. Bear in mind that a small amount of chocolate reduces stress as well as acne.
Is popping your pimples really the quickest way to get rid of your acne? Although it is very tempting to pop a pimple or zit, it can generate more acne. Popping a pimple lives your now open pore to bacteria and surface oils that are now allowed to penetrate into your skin creating more acne and causing your acne to spread. Remember that popping your pimples can also cause scarring.
Does steaming your skin actually open your pores? Since pores are non-muscle like small holes in the skin where sweat is released from, your pores lack the ability to open and close. Although steaming has no effect on your pores, it helps to cleanse and moisturize your skin. For best results, place moisturizer on your skin while it’s still damp from the steaming process.