10 myths about skin

It has been written and said so much about the skin that some false theories end up rooting. What are myths and what the commandments is skin care? We help you to discover!

Since the need for antibacterial soaps to the beliefs of some miraculous creams, through the losses of washing your hair every day, there is a large number of false beliefs associated with skin care. Therefore, we invite you to discover what the most common myths are, and you learn to implement the best for your skin. Do you rent?

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1) There are creams that erase wrinkles

The creams do not erase wrinkles in the strict sense of the word. Depending on its active ingredients have different functions: moisturizing, photoresist, antirrojeces, scrubs, preventive … No cream is able to reaffirm or to remove a wrinkle, as much we can improve skin texture and reduce very superficial wrinkles. However, and set in deep wrinkles alone, you need to add other treatments such as injections of hyaluronic acid or botulinum toxin, although treatments are always used with an adjustment such creams. However, keep in mind that sunscreen is essential in any anti-aging treatment.

2) The chocolate causes acne

It has been written and said a lot about whether foods influence the clinical course of acne. Although no conclusive studies, it seems that in certain patients’ foods with high fat or preservatives and dyes can worsen acne. However, it is not enough to prohibit or restrict its consumption, only in patients who have shown an open worsening. It is therefore not necessary to remove any food diet, but a balanced and healthy Mediterranean diet is recommended, since diets based on “fast food” themselves have been linked to increased risk of acne.

3) The tanning is harmful

Tanning is not harmful provided it is done in a rational manner, using adequate sun protection. There are people whose skin type (genetic skin color) is more tanned than others.The types I and II (redheads and blondes) should be more cautious and proper sun protection. In general, a recommendation for the entire population, use photoresist in exposed skin, sunglasses, hat and avoid the sun in the middle of the day (between 12:00 and 15:00). Also, avoid the use of cosmetic tanning booths, and that have been associated with an increased risk of melanoma.

4) Face should be washed with soap bacterial

No need to wash your face with bacterial soap. Depending on the skin or the patient suffering from dermatosis are most suitable products both for cleansing, moisturizing, protection and general care, so when in doubt, it is best to consult with our dermatologist to advise us what is the most appropriate in each case. In patients (especially children) with atopic skin, you should use non-detergent soaps not remove the protective layer of the skin and in patients with oily skin, something astringent soaps.

5) Prevent lashes with Vaseline

Vaseline is a good solvent, however lacks good organoleptic properties; It is very viscous and sticky and their application is difficult and annoying. There are more suitable for this function product; from those specific tissues or as creams, until micellar water or the like.

6) The sun cure acne

The sun has an anti-inflammatory function that temporarily reduces inflammatory acne lesions (papules and pustules), but this has two problems. The first is that there may be a “bounce” (sudden outbreak of lesions when you stop sunbathing) and the other remaining spots in areas where lesions were displayed.

In general, acne is an inflammatory process that usually improves in the summer. This does not mean that “the sun” cure acne, but a set of internal and environmental factors that improve the process in most patients. However, there are some patients that clearly worsen your acne at this time. We must also keep in mind that most topical treatments and oral acne can cause sun sensitivity, so it is vital to consult a specialist to bring such treatments.

7) The higher the SPF is better

The factor most suitable protection for each person will depend on the geographic area in which we are, of phototype (skin color), personal history (if you have had skin tumors or sun damage) and lifestyle (work in the sun, leisure activities). Keep in mind that sunscreen should be used daily in areas like the face and in our geographical area must be equal to or greater than 30 for the general population. Also, keep in mind that not only must assess the UVB protection factor is also important to have filter for UVA.

There are special cases for children with physical filters without chemicals, for people with sun allergy and even oral sunscreens. Besides the skin type and the fact that the patient has some dermatoses can also determine the type of protection you choose, because if it is oily skin will choose a gel oil free or ultra fluid or emulsion, while dry skin choose creams. Sunscreen should be applied at least 20-30 minutes before exposure and should be repeated every 2-4 hours and after swimming or sweating important (even those that claim to be waterproof). Currently it is considered that the maximum protection is achieved with SPF50 + sunscreen.

8) Wash your hair every day harms the health of it

The scalp is skin and like the rest of our body needs a proper daily hygiene adequate according to our skin type. The accumulation of scaling and seborrhea (fat) can be harmful to our hair, promoting the appearance of seborrhea dermatitis and secondary one telogen effluvium (hair sharp drop secondary to inflammation). Keep in mind that every hair type requires specific care. If hair with fat trend daily hair washing is not only not harmful, but it improves health by facilitating better oxygenation and avoid the appearance of seborrhea dermatitis and dandruff. In dry hair it is enough to wash it every other day or every third day.

9) Shaving hair with razor blade causes more hair

The number of hair is mainly determined by genetic and hormonal factors. This false effect is given by the fact that to shave it to root level are exposing the thickest part of it and making it look more abundant and thicker. Shaving hair cut involves simply will not make it grow hair, but it can cause follicular (infection) secondary if not done correctly or irritations do not do it with the right products or extremely dry skin.

10) Keep your baby under the umbrella all the time is sufficient protection

Even a large amount of ultraviolet radiation that is reflected in the sand, water … and we will secondarily be under the umbrella exists, so it is essential to use sunscreen and protective clothing (special clothing with sun protection built). It should be remembered that it is important not to expose children to the sun without protection, since childhood burns are one of the risk factors for developing melanoma in adulthood.

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