When it comes to skin care, there is so much hype offered up by the media and popular culture, that it can be difficult to know fact from fiction. In an attempt to uncover the truth, we look at some common skin care myths:
Myth 1: You don’t have to wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy
For many of us (especially those of us living in the UK) it is easy to think our skin doesn’t need protection from the sun unless it is the height of summer. The truth of the matter is that the harmful UVA and UVB rays can penetrate clouds and can damage your skin if you fail to use protection.
For this reason, you are advised to apply a product with sun protection every day – even when it’s not sunny. We recommend using a moisturiser with SPF to ensure you are always covered.
Myth 2: Popping your spots will get rid of them
Using force to pop acne spots is the worst thing you can do to your skin. Doing this leads to irritation and can even cause scarring. Furthermore, acne spots usually have deep roots in the dermis, meaning that even though you’ve popped the surface, the inflammation travels deeper into your skin and can spread infection.
Myth 3: Expensive products are best
While of course, there are some products with a hefty price tag that work brilliantly; you shouldn’t expect a product to work just because it is expensive. Try a variety of products to see what suits your skin – ranging from cheaper brands to more expensive ones. You may find that the simpler, less expensive products suit your skin type best.
If you are struggling with problem skin and don’t know why, you could benefit from seeing a dermatologist. Find one in your local area using our advanced search tool.
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