When having skin care problems, you will receive unsolicited advice from people who think they know better. While there may be occasional advice that actually works, given that they do not have a degree in dermatology, most of their lip service are to be taken with a grain of salt. However, out of sheer curiosity or desperation, you may have unfortunately tried out some of their tips anyway.
While we’re not dermatologists per se, here’s an advice that’s applicable to these instances: only follow the doctor’s orders! You can’t be too sure of these armchairs doctors on what does or doesn’t work on your skin or hair.
Just to give you an idea, here are some of the tips that you’ve heard people preach about, but are apparently untrue and reeks of falsehoods.
False Tip #1: Avoiding oily products on your face
At first, it would make sense – your skin produces sebum that clogs the pores and locks in dirt, causing irritation and blemishes. To use facial products that contain oil in them may aggravate and multiply the production of sebum on your oil.
However, the truth is the other way around: the application of essential oils, which are antibacterial and antifungal, on your face can help slow down production of sebum. As a result, this will make your face less shiny and can even manage your acne problems.
False Tip #2: Using lipstick or gloss to shadow eyes
If you’re aiming to achieve a certain look for your eyes which is why you decided on applying lipstick to our eyelids, consider that lipstick has a component that can wrinkle your thin eyelids prematurely. Also, lipstick is greasier, making it much more difficult to remove from your lids. There’s a reason why it’s called a lipstick and not ‘eyestick.’
False Tip #3: Drinking milk to clear skin
There is a link to drinking milk when you were young and constantly struggling with acne breakouts ever since. Cow’s milk contains hormones that have androgenic effects once absorbed to the bloodstream, which ultimately causes acne in women. Milk is also pro-inflammatory, which only worsens acne problems and hasten aging of the skin.
If you need your fix of calcium provided by the milk your drink but have sensitive and acne-prone skin, it’s best that you substitute milk with tofu or dark greens in your meals.
False Tip #4: Applying toothpaste on acne
This home remedy has gained credence because the content found in toothpaste – triclosan, baking soda, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide – dries out pimples and acne. However, upon closer inspection, what toothpaste actually does is irritate the skin and cause peeling. The latter may have been confused with drying out the acne, which is why people believed this to a be an alternative solution to your acne problems. Still, toothpaste is best used on your teeth and gums and not on your face.
False Tip #5: Exfoliating and scrubbing daily
While this gives your skin a luxurious feel, it is not only highly unnecessary, but can also do harm. Exfoliation removes impurities from your skin, but also removes the natural oils that your body produces and needs. Therefore, if you exfoliate daily, then you prevent your skin from the oil it needs to stay vibrant and fresh. As a result, your skin becomes dry and irritated in the process.
The same thing applies with scrubbing your face more than three times a day. Keeping your face healthy doesn’t mean keeping it free from the essential oils it needs, which is what scrubbing does to your face. The more you scrub, the more you also make your skin drier, which is something that you don’t want to happen.
False Tip #6: Just use soap
It’s the advice you’ll hear from people who are fortunately born with clear and healthy skin. However, if the use of a single soap for their body works for them, it doesn’t mean that it will work for you. If you have sensitive skin, consider that soap is alkaline. While it helps clear your skin from oil and dirt, it also washes away the protective barrier on the surface of your skin, leaving it prone from dirt and irritation.
You’ll probably be tempted to go this route especially after you’ve used all types of skin care products that didn’t work. Instead of using a soap, use a soap-free, pH-balanced cleansers for normal skin or clay-based cleansers for oily skin.