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.

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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.

Severe Acne and Accutane TreatmentAccutane is an extremely powerful and prevalent method for treating severe acne in teenagers and young adults.

This prescription-only medication is usually taken for a few months at a time, and any other medications or medical procedures are likely to be affected by the medication during the treatment—and even for a while after. Because severe acne can have major aesthetic consequences, many people wish to pursue skin treatments after their course of Accutane is over. But when is it safe to do so?

Severe Acne and Accutane Treatment

While many people suffer from acne at some point during their lives, some get it worse than others. In addition to being painful and embarrassing, severe acne can cause lasting problems, such as acne scars. This is primarily caused by a type of acne known as cystic acne that is very difficult to treat using over the counter medications. Accutane is extremely effective, since it tackles bacteria, inflammation, oil production, and clogged pores all at once. Most people do not need to repeat a course of Accutane treatments once they are done.

The Aftermath

Though Accutane can provide serious relief from painful and embarrassing acne, it does not prevent or treat acne scarring. Acne scarring is permanent and may make the skin appear red and pitted. Scars can be shallow or deep, but they can be almost as distressing to patients as the acne itself, and many people seek cosmetic treatments once they have completed their course of Accutane medication.

Treatments That Can Help

Following a course of Accutane, there are several treatments that can help improve the appearance of acne scars. Acne scars can be difficult to resolve, but a powerful skin treatment can go a long way toward improving the overall appearance of the skin. Here are just two of the options for treatment that can help reduce acne scarring:

CO2 Laser

Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is used to promote cell renewal through a peeling process while stimulating the body to produce additional collagen. In addition to improving acne scarring, carbon dioxide laser treatments improve overall skin condition and appearance. Laser resurfacing is a fairly invasive process, but most patients who undergo treatment find the difficulty of the recovery period to be worth the results.

Dermabrasion

A procedure that essentially “sands” down the skin to minimize the appearance of acne scars and help them blend in with the skin, dermabrasion is by no means a gentle treatment. The procedure requires a minimum of two weeks’ recovery time, and it may take up to six months for all redness to fade. Dermabrasion is best for wide, shallow acne scars.

How Accutane Affects Healing

Because most skin treatments are ablative and require the skin to form new cells to replace those that are destroyed through treatment, Accutane can affect healing from these procedures. Accutane inhibits the formation of new skin cells and shrinks oil glands, which can cause improper healing, even after the drug has been stopped.

How Soon Is Too Soon?

While it can seem like a long time to wait after active acne has cleared up, it is very important to wait long enough to be sure the Accutane will not affect healing. In the case of cosmetic treatments, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Most plastic surgeons suggest waiting at least six months to a year after treatment is complete to undergo any skin procedures. The waiting period may depend on how invasive the treatment in question may be.

Getting Help

If you would like to discuss plans for improving your skin after Accutane treatment, then it’s a good idea to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon about your options. The waiting period is the perfect time to research, gather information, and choose your procedure and plastic surgeon, so use the time wisely.

When you’re ready to begin scheduling your consultations, give our expert surgeons at Masri Clinic a call. Our highly skilled and board certified doctors offer a wide range of skin treatments, including those for active acne and acne scars, so call 866-487-3223 to schedule a free consultation at our Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan locations today.

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