For generations, there have been different theories about what causes skin issues, what is the truth about common skin care concerns? From sun protection to adult acne, here are 3 truths about some of the most common skin myths:
Myth: Higher SPF equals greater protection.
Truth: Although there are many options for sun protection, ranging from SPF 15 to SPF 100, the focus should really be less about the number and more about the amount used, ingredients and consistency of application. SPF rates how well and how long your skin is protected against burning rays (UVB), not aging rays (UVA). To protect against both UVA and UVB rays, look for a broad spectrum SPF that contains ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. To adequately protect your face, sunscreen should be applied liberally, regardless of weather conditions, and reapplied every four hours if you are out in the sun.
Myth: All soap is created equal.
Truth: The skin contains many beneficial oils and nutrients that can be stripped by using a harsh cleanser. Although it might be convenient to use the same bar soap or wash that you use on your body for your face, it is important to be aware of how the different ingredients can affect your skin. Most bar soaps can be harsh; instead it is recommended to use a mild liquid or foaming facial cleanser that contains ceramides and lipids to helps hydrate your skin.
Myth: Acne only affects teenagers.
Truth: About 30 percent of women and 20 percent of men 20 years and older struggle with acne. Although stress and diet are often blamed for adult acne, it is often due to clogged pores, hypersensitivity and/or hormone changes. Combat breakouts by using a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and makeup. Also, salicylic acid 2% gel is over the counter and an effective non-drying acne treatment. Retinol treats acne and can target clogged pores and lessen acne scaring. If your skin care regimen is not diminishing the acne, see your dermatologist for medical grade treatment options.
With all of the myths floating around, make sure to consult your dermatologist with any skin care concerns that you may have. Sticking to a basic skin care routine including cleansing, moisturizing and protecting with UVA/UVB sunscreen, you will be on the right track to great skin!
— By Denice Schwind
Denice Schwind, PA-C has specialized in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology since 2004 and is an industry leader in Skin Care and Anti-Aging. Denice will provide monthly expert, unbiased information to you about skin care products, top trends, medical issues and anti-aging advice in her Edmonds Skin Care and Anti-Aging column with MyEdmondsNews. Feel free to submit questions directly to Denice at firstname.lastname@example.org.