Shattering Skincare Myths

Myths are widely held ideas or practices that have no scientific or empirical basis and are usually based on traditional accounts passed down from earlier generations. Skincare has its own treasure trove of interesting narratives from fabled efficacies of certain flowers and plants, to the dos and don’ts of nurturing youthful and beautiful skin. For example, primrose oil has long been touted as a remedy for eczema although results of studies to date have been inconclusive. Below are several other common misconceptions which you may want to put on your shattering skincare myths list.

Makeup Worsens Acne

This is a very common fallacy in beauty care. While it cannot be denied that some makeup clogs your pores resulting in pimples, the right one can help reduce acne. Dr Gohara from Yale School of Medicine recommends powder-based mineral foundations containing ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide ansilica as they “absorb oils that would otherwise clog your pores”. Alternatively, you can go for a non-comedogenic liquid foundation – a product that has been certified by cosmetic companies not to promote acne according to their internal standards. Such makeup products are labeled “oil free” and “hypoallergenic” while those that contain salicylic acid (an anti-acne ingredient) can also help improve your acne condition. Also, it is critical that you remove your makeup before sleeping because it contains chemicals and preservatives which will age and damage your skin if left unremoved overnight.

Adults Don’t Get Acne

In a survey involving more than 1,000 adults which was published in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 50% of women between 20 and 29 years old, 35% of women between 30 and 39 years old, and 26% of women between 40 and 49 reported having acne. Dr Gohara attributes this to the increased estrogen in women during their first period and peri-menopause as the hormone “causes an increase in oil production which ultimately causes bacterial inflammation and pimples”. Mother of three Rose Lee had a severe breakout a few years ago at the age of 43 and was put on anti-acne medication for a year. “Coincidentally, my daughter who was in college also had acne problems around the same time so it was a double whammy as the pills were pricey – around US$70 for a month’s supply!” Now that their acne has cleared, both are taking FIRST LIGHT Ceramides Skin Supplement that boosts skin hydration and moisturization to maintain skin health and youth.

Diet And Acne Are Not Related

This can be traced to two studies conducted in the ‘60s and ‘70s that found that chocolate did not cause acne, says Jennifer Burris, author of a Journal of the Academy of Nutrition review on diet and acne. “These studies were so popular that people concluded diet had nothing to do with acne and stopped researching the topic for the next 40 years.” Shattering skincare myths such as this required research and data so Burris and her team analyzed the diets of over 200 people and the data showed that those who ate more dairy and sugary products, as well as less fish, tend to have moderate to severe acne. But you can still have chocolate: Dermatologist Dr Marguerite Germain suggests eating dark chocolate with cocoa content 70% or higher as “the higher the percentage of cocoa, the lower the glycemic index (GI),” she explains. Any food with a high GI can increase blood cortisol levels and worsen acne as refined carbs lead to more sebum production and clogged pores.

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