Think you’ve heard horrible skin care advice? Think again! Dermatologists have heard it all, from strict dietary restrictions to crazy home remedies and overpriced “miracle” products. When it comes to skincare advice, it’s always a gamble, especially if it’s not coming from a trusted source. Luckily, dermatologists have separated fact from fiction and shared some of the most misguided information they’ve ever heard. Prepare to rethink what you know about skin care.
11. Your Behavior Is to Blame
“People blame themselves and think they’re doing something wrong. But you break out because of factors beyond your control. People think they’re transferring bacteria to their face by touching it a lot or by sleeping on the same pillow case. Or they blame their diet and emotional stress, which can exacerbate acne, but they are not the primary reason for breakouts,” said Katie Rodan, M.D., co-creator of Proactiv and Rodan + Fields and adjunct clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
10. All-Natural Products Work Best
“In reality, natural products are just like other chemicals: some of them are safe, while others are not. In many cases, there is inadequate data for us to be able to base any recommendations on. Poison oak is natural, and that is clearly not something that most people would want to put on their skin. For people prone to developing skin irritation or rashes, plain petroleum jelly is probably the safest product to use,” said Jennifer Chen, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.