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Top 8 Myths About Skin Care and Treatments - Busted

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The reality, according to actual experts, is far different to what skin care companies would have you believe.

Here, we debunk a few skin treatment myths.

Myth # 1. Pimples and acne are caused by dirt and/or what you eat

How many times did you mother tell you not to eat something greasy because it will 'cause pimples'?

Diet is certainly related to skin health, however, hormones, and rapidly shedding skin cells that get trapped in pores, blocking it, mainly cause acne. Sebum builds up behind the blockage, causing an infection, which then spreads.

So while an occasional piece of chocolate will not cause severe acne, it is always advisable to eat a healthy diet, as the skin's second main function is to detox whatever our digestive systems can't.

Myth # 2. Skin care products can get rid of wrinkles

People spend millions each year on mass-produced anti aging products, which claim to be able to erase the signs of aging, like wrinkles.

This is the biggest myth of them all. To erase wrinkles you need to stimulate collagen and elastin in the deep, dermal layer of the skin. The reality is, most of the products that are available over the counter do not reach down that far in the skin. The most these over the counter treatments can do - by law - is to sit on the top layers of the skin and provide a temporary plumping effect. These mass produced products don't get anywhere near the depth it needs to, to combat wrinkles.

However, the good news is, some medical-grade skin care ranges, available in good skin care clinics, can now stimulate collagen and elastin in the dermis.

Myth # 3. Skin care products can get rid of scars/stretch marks

This is another complete myth. No skin care product can get rid of deep, pitted scars or stretch marks, because these injuries reach the dermis, which cannot be healed by any treatment. In fact, not even laser skin treatments can heal a damaged dermis. The best you can do for stretch marks is reduce their redness.

Myth # 4. Wrinkles are caused by dehydration or skin dryness

Skin dryness can make wrinkles look worse, but the vast majority of your wrinkles are actually caused by sun damage. Drinking more water or slathering on natural sunscreen won't make the foggiest bit of difference to prevent wrinkles, unless the skin care products contain an SPF. The best thing you will ever do to prevent wrinkles is to wear a natural mineral sun block every single day.

Myth # 5. You need to exfoliate daily

This old wives tale causes untold damage to skin across the world. Even some dermatologists would have you believe that some layer of fictitious 'dead' skin cells need to be exfoliated daily. The top layers of our skin, or the epidermal barrier, are crucial to the healthy functioning of our skin and don't need to be over-exfoliated. Latest research shows that a healthy epidermal barrier helps protect us from UV rays, restores normal oil production and protects us from pollutants. Therefore, we only need to exfoliate 1-3 times a week maximum, depending on skin type.

Myth # 6. Oily skin needs to be 'dried out'

Absolutely not. So called clear skin products, like cleansers and toners, dry out the skin, prompting it to produce more oil and to become irritated, making chronic conditions like acne worse. You do not have to 'dry out' oily skin to clear it.

Myth # 7. Men need different skin care to women

This is a misnomer deliberately used by skin care companies to sell more product. Skin is skin. You do not need separate men's skin care.

Myth # 8. We need to remove the top layers of skin with microdermabrasion and other abrasive treatments for anti aging

People around the world use harsh treatments, like microdermabrasion or chemical peels, thinking that by removing the top layers, they are helping their skin. This is not true. By damaging the epidermal barrier with a skin peel or harsh abrasive, you are damaging your skin, this forces your skin to divert nutrients from the dermis to the epidermis to fix the problem as fast as possible. By removing the epidermal barrier, you are accelerating the aging process. If you really want to help your skin, use skin care treatments or natural skin peels that stimulates collagen and elastin at a deeper level and removes loose skin cells only.

Article written by Lisa Dankin of Laser by Sia, a skin care treatment clinic, specialising in natural skin treatments, medical-grade skin care and skin care products, located in Sydney CBD and Bondi Junction. For more information visit our Sydney Skin Clinic website.

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