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Common Misconceptions about Skincare

Posted August 2020 by Biodermis
Bad advice about skincare can be found everywhere nowadays. Whether you read it on the internet, heard it from a friend, or learned it from a family member, chances are you have believed misinformation about skincare at some point in your life. While bad skincare practices may not necessarily harm your skin, they don’t do anything beneficial. You can end up spending a lot of money and wasting a lot of time trying out different product and routines that ultimate don’t help your skin. By understanding what scientifically works to promote healthy skin and what doesn’t, you can be saved a lot of hassle.

Continue reading to learn more about the common misconceptions of skincare.

Misconceptions about skincare

Collagen products stimulate collagen growth

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the human body that lends strength and support to the skin and other organs. Countless creams and serums on the market today claim to either replace old collagen with new collagen or stimulate collagen growth in the skin. The problem is, collagen molecules are large, and the ones found in moisturizers and creams are too big to be absorbed by the skin. Even collagen products that claim to have smaller collagen molecules do nothing more than hydrate the skin. Furthermore, collagen is synthesized by special cells in the skin called fibroblasts. There is nothing in collagen creams that can signal these skin cells to produce more collagen.

Higher SPF and double-layering for sun protection

A common misunderstanding about SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is that the higher the number, the better the protection. While this is true up to a certain point, the protection doesn’t get much better after SPF 30. SPF 30 sunscreen is able to block 97% of UV (ultra violet) radiation while SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays, only one percent higher. While these options are better than SPF 15, which blocks about 93% of sun rays, the protection will never reach 100%. You are better off using SPF 30 or 50 while also wearing a hat and other protective gear to shield you from the Sun.

Another misconception about SPF is that by putting on more than one layer, you will increase the amount of protection from the Sun. Some people like to use a moisturizer with SPF 15 and then apply a sunscreen with SPF 30. They believe this adds up to SPF 45, but it does not. The highest amount of sun protection you can achieve only amounts to the product with the highest SPF. In the case mentioned above, the person will only attain an SPF of 30.

Oily and acne-prone skin does not need a moisturizer

Many people with an oily skin type and who suffer from acne often believe that they do not need a moisturizer because the oil on their skin is moisture enough. It is thought that by adding a moisturizer, the pores on the face will only get clogged more. This is not true and, in fact, people with oily skin should use a light moisturizer. It is better to use a moisturizer on oily skin rather than dry it out with excessive scrubbing and cleansing, which can irritate the skin. Moisturizers can actually make your skin look less oily and shiny. It is best to use a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.

Oily and acne-prone skin does not need a moisturizer

A common delusion about scar treatment is that by applying topical vitamin E to a scar, it will fade over time. There is little to no clinical evidence to support the claim that vitamin E helps scars. In fact, in some cases, the application of vitamin E can cause contact dermatitis. A better option for scar therapy is medical silicone gel. Silicone gel has been used and trusted by surgeons and dermatologists for over 30 years and it is supported by numerous clinical trials. Medical silicone is widely available and can be purchased through your physician or online at biodermis.com.


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