3 Skin Care Myths - Debunked
posted: Jun. 28, 2022.
While the internet has made information about acne and skincare routines far more accessible, it has also perpetuated several dermatology myths that we’re left to decipher. Celebrity skincare lines and testimonials by influencers can be entertaining, but when it comes to skin issues or questions regarding your skin’s health - it is important to trust your care to a medical expert.
Dr. Brian Feinstein and Dr. Benjamin Bohaty are Board-Certified Dermatologists with comprehensive knowledge of skin disorders ranging from rashes and rosacea to allergies, moles, and lesions. Dr. Feinstein is one of Florida’s top three Board-Certified Mohs surgeons, making him an expert in the treatment and removal of skin cancer.
With misinformation circulating at light speed, and more self-diagnosing happening than ever before, here are three skincare myths to keep in mind when scrolling through instagram:
Myth 1: Acne is caused by not washing your face.
Logic tells us to wash our face multiple times a day to get rid of acne or blemishes. Although skin hygiene is important in maintaining healthy, acne-free skin - to say acne is always caused by lack of facial cleansing is a complete myth.
Here’s the reality: Most people don’t get acne because their face is dirty, but rather due to a combination of four different factors:
Excessive oil production
Washing your face will only help you deal with some of these factors symptomatically, but it likely will not cure your acne if there is a more complex issue beneath the surface. Only an experienced dermatologist can determine what those issues may be and create a personalized plan on how to treat the root cause of acne. Oftentimes, overwashing your face can even lead to drying out the skin, which can cause more oil production and further complicate the problem. Call (561) 498-4407 to talk to our experts about the best way to prevent and treat acne, and care for your skin.
Myth 2: Melasma can only come from UV light exposure.
Melasma is a skin condition that falls under the umbrella of hyperpigmentation. In the vast majority of cases, melasma is completely harmless and viewed as more of a cosmetic annoyance to its sufferers than a medical issue. The myth that UV light and overexposure to the sun are the direct causes of melasma is only half true. Ultraviolet rays can in fact contribute to melasma and hyperpigmentation, but frustrations arise when a patient is doing everything possible to stay out of the sun - wearing SPF and sun protection - and still manages to find unsightly patches of hyperpigmentation on their face, neck, or chest. The cause of melasma may not be straightforward, but the treatment certainly is. Feinstein Dermatology has a top-tier menu of safe, effective, medical-grade laser treatments - all performed in-office and by Dr. Feinstein himself.
Melasma can present as a symptom of:
Genetics or gender
If you’re looking to even your skin tone and texture, and finally get rid of that stubborn discoloration on your face, neck, or chest, call (561) 498-4407 to book a laser treatment at Feinstein Dermatology. You’ll love your new post-laser glow.
Myth 3: Collagen loss in the skin is permanent.
If you’re worried about makeup, stress, gravity, or just life causing your skin cells to age faster, don’t be. Some loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin is inevitable as we age, but there is a way to replenish the skin and slow signs of aging.
Science shows that the body’s rate of collagen production starts to decline at around the age of 25. Protecting your skin from the UV light, eating a healthy, protein-rich diet, and taking vitamins are all recommended supplements to delay this inevitable biological change. However, if you want to dramatically reproduce collagen and turn back the clock on your skin, treatments like microneedling and chemical peels can provide the noticeable boost you’re looking for.
Microneedling causes intentional, manageable trauma to the skin to trigger healing factors that rebuild new cells and increase collagen production. Chemical peels remove layers of skin to stimulate cell turnaround, produce new growth, and generate collagen through deep-reaching yet gentle exfoliation. Speak to our aesthetic experts on which choice would best to serve your anti-aging goals.
The biggest takeaway: Research skin care methods and treatments thoroughly before mistaking a myth for fact! Contact us today for a personalized treatment plan and dependable results you won’t achieve elsewhere. With our team at Feinstein Dermatology, you’re in the very best hands.