Popular Skin Myths -- and the Truth

popular skin myths

When it comes to taking the best possible care of your skin, where are you getting your advice? There's plenty of common knowledge and recommendations about skincare out there, but you might be surprised to learn that lots of those recommendations are little more than skin myths. Let's sort through what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to your skin so you can find the best solution to your specific concerns.

Myth 1: You Get Varicose and Spider Veins from Crossing Your Legs

Varicose veins are bulging, sometimes painful, veins that usually develop in the legs, while spider veins are visible reddish or blue veins that sit just beneath the skin. Both can make you feel self-conscious, prompting you to cover them up constantly.

Lots of factors can put you at an increased risk of developing spider or varicose veins. A big contributing factor is your genes. If your mom or dad has or had problem veins, the odds are likely that you will as well. Other risk factors for problem veins include being overweight, pregnancy, standing or sitting in one position for extended periods, and smoking.

Notice we didn't say that crossing your legs leads to varicose or spider veins. It's unclear as to where this myth came from, but if you regularly cross your legs, you can rest assured that it's not contributing to problem veins.

Myth 2: Tanning Helps Your Skin

Some people equate tanned skin with healthy skin. It makes some sense, as when you come back from a vacation with a tan, you're likely to look and feel more relaxed and happy. But that happiness is usually due to the fact that you just spent a few days in a warm, relaxing place than the fact that you're tan.

Some people also believe that spending time in the sun and getting a tan helps to clear up pimples or acne.

So, is getting a tan ever beneficial for your skin? The answer is no. When your skin tans, it's actually trying to protect itself from damage caused by the sun's UV rays. Even if you aren't burning as you tan, you are still causing your skin significant damage. Over time, that damage can lead to the development of wrinkles, sun spots, and in the worse case scenario, skin cancer.

Myth 3: You Can't Prevent Wrinkles

It's true that you can't prevent some types of wrinkles or other signs of aging. As you get older, your body naturally produces less collagen and less hyaluronic acid, which makes wrinkles more likely to develop.

What you can do is avoid external factors that lead to wrinkles. These factors include things like excessive sun exposure and smoking. Both smoking and spending hours upon hours in the sun can cause significant damage to your skin, including a breakdown of collagen, which leads to premature wrinkling.

Myth 4: Adults Don't Get Acne

Unfortunately, acne isn't a problem that only affects teens or adolescents. Many people are disappointed to discover that pimples follow them well into adulthood.

Usually, adult acne is different from the acne you experience as a teenager. It typically tends to be triggered by hormones and can be trickier to treat at home. Since adult skin is different from teenager's skin, you can't just blast your pimples away with a dose of Clearasil.

Fortunately, in-office acne treatments are available to help people of all ages battle their pimples. In-office treatment options include microdermabrasion and laser procedures.

Myth 5: It's OK to Skip Sunscreen Sometimes

When the sky is cloudy, do you decide to skip sunscreen? If so, you might be doing your skin more harm than good. While sunscreen might seem like something you only need on sunny days or on days when you are going to be outdoors for extended periods, in reality, it's a daily necessity. The sun's UV rays can reach you even when there are clouds in the sky. You can even get sun exposure indoors if you're near a window.

It's a good idea to wear sunscreen daily because doing so reinforces the habit. If you're used to applying it every day, you'll be less likely to miss or skip days.

Learn the Truth About Other Skin Myths Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures. They can recommend skincare treatments and routines that will best help you achieve your skin goals. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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