There is a lot of information floating around about how you should best take care of your skin. If you get advice from friends and family, it’s possible that you aren’t getting the most accurate information. We would like to break down some common skin care myths.
Myth: Getting a base tan protects your skin throughout the summer.
Truth: If the DNA in your skin cells becomes damaged, your body responds by developing a tan. The purpose of a tan is to defend your cells against further damage from the sun’s rays. Base tanning triggers this defense mechanism by significantly harming your cells’ DNA. This means that base tanning increases your risk of developing skin cancer, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging. Both indoor tanning salons and natural sunlight emit dangerous UV rays that can harm your skin.
Myth: Eating chocolate and greasy foods triggers acne.
Truth: Your skin develops acne when its pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The inflammation and redness associated with acne breakouts is your body’s response to its pores becoming blocked. Eating chocolate and greasy foods doesn’t increase the risk of clogs. Instead, your genetic makeup, hormones, and cleansing routine influence the likelihood that you will develop acne.
Myth: Sleeping with makeup on doesn’t harm your skin.
Truth: You may believe that sleeping with a small amount of makeup on, or with makeup that is labeled “all natural,” won’t cause any harm to your skin. In reality, all cosmetic products can irritate and clog the pores of your face. The foundation and powder that coats your skin can hinder your pores’ ability to secrete natural oils. If oil builds up in your pores, your skin can become irritated and break out with acne.