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Do you want beautiful, glowing skin? I know I do! In fact, most people do and will go to great lengths to get rid of any and all skin imperfections. When faced with a breakout or continually problematic skin (like I have), you’ll try anything.
However, there is a lot of misleading information out there that could cause more harm to your skin than good. In this article, I’ll review 5 skin care myths you should avoid if you want to keep your skin healthy.
1) Toothpaste gets rid of acne
Using toothpaste to treat acne is a long-standing beauty myth, which, surprisingly, did not start out as a myth.
Toothpaste used to contain a chemical called triclosan that could kill bacteria, even those found in breakouts. However, most kinds of toothpaste no longer contain triclosan as the FDA found that triclosan has an adverse effect on thyroid hormones (yikes).
Most toothpaste today still contain baking soda, alcohol, menthol and hydrogen peroxide. All of these ingredients can help bring down inflammation and shrink zits by drying them out. Also, these ingredients might be why the myth lives on and why some people are still getting results. But, these are harsh chemicals are not meant for your skin and can lead to skin irritation, rashes, marks, and discoloration.
2) Raw egg masks tighten skin
Eggs white masks are growing in popularity and notorious for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Eggs mask treatments are available at many professional spas because the protein found in egg whites has been shown to improve elasticity, skin tone, and texture.
There are risks, however, to using egg white masks. Primarily, raw eggs contain salmonella, a bacteria that causes food poisoning. If accidentally ingested or absorbed, it can be dangerous.
Other risks include clogged pores, dry skin, and skin irritation which can worsen breakouts for oily, sensitive, or acne prone skin.
Take it from someone that has tried egg white masks. On the one hand, the mask did tighten my skin. On the other hand, it also dried out my skin and caused a rash.
3) DIY masks are effective
DIY Masks are fun because they feel like a spa treatment but at grocery store prices. Plus, you know exactly what is in a DIY mask. Or do you? You may be familiar with the ingredients but not how they interact with your skin.
Truth be told, many common ingredients should not be put on your face. The following are things that should not be putting on your face (including why you should avoid these common DIY ingredients).
Lemon, used as a common lightener, eats away at your face. It’s highly acidic and makes it more sensitive to the sun and sun damage.
Mayonnaise and eggs
Mayonnaise and eggs can spread bacteria on the face. They can also clog pores and worsen breakouts.
Cinnamon, sugar, or baking soda
Cinnamon, sugar, and baking soda are commonly used as exfoliates. However, they are too harsh for the skin and cause micro cuts on the skin that can lead to inflammation, irritation, and skin rashes.
Coconut oil is a beauty guru favorite. But, coconut oil is actually very hard to absorb into the skin and can block pores causing bacteria to grow and causing breakouts.
Lastly, hydrogen peroxide should never be used other than to clean open wounds. Hydrogen peroxide is damaging to the skin and strips away your skins natural oils resulting in inflammation.
4) Exfoliate daily for clean skin
Soap and water just don’t seem to cut it anymore. Especially if you have acne prone skin, the desire to scrub your skin raw until there are no more pimples left is too great.
Contrary to popular belief, acne, blackheads, and oily skin have nothing to do with how “clean” your skin is. In fact, over washing and daily exfoliation can be very harmful to your skin and actually make your problem areas worse.
Daily exfoliation strips your skin of its natural oils. This causes the skin to make even more oil to compensate and causes, or even worsens, breakouts. Over exfoliation can also cause skin irritation, inflammation, and premature wrinkles.
Your skin already sheds dead skin cells on its own. Therefore, you don’t have to rub your skin raw daily to get rid of dirt and bacteria. Ideally, you should only be exfoliating two to three times a week or once a week if you have sensitive skin.
5) Hot water opens your pores
I don’t know why hot showers feel so good but they are so damaging to the skin. Hot water does nothing but scald the skin and strip away your body’s natural oils causing dry skin, irritation, and even inflammation. Hot water can also cause flare-ups for people with eczema, rosacea, and acne.
Despite popular belief, hot water does not open your pores and does not help clean your skin. In fact, it does the opposite. Just like when you over exfoliate, stripping away your skin’s natural oils causes your skin to produce more oil which causes clogged pores, bacteria build up, and acne – especially if you already have oily or acne prone skin.
It’s best to wash with lukewarm water as this helps you clean your skin of bacteria and dirt without damaging your skin’s natural barriers.
I know and understand the desire for perfect skin. Unfortunately, there is no beauty hack that will instantly give you beautiful, glowing skin. I should know as I’ve tried these skin care hacks and suffered the consequences.
Do not fall prey to these skin care myths. Use products that are specifically meant for skin care and consult a dermatologist to see what products are best for your skin type.
What skin care tips have worked for you? Share them below!