Thursday, December 19, 2013

5 Busted Myths about Skin

At Barbizon of Akron, we feel that it is crucial that all of our students have correct information when it comes to their health needs. This is why we've compiled a list of five popular and busted myths about skincare. Read up and let us know how many of these you heard on our Facebook page!

Myth: A product with SPF 30 provides twice as much protection as SPF 15

In reality, SPF 30 provides only about 4 percent more protection than SPF 15. To maximize your sun protection, apply sunscreen generously, reapply often (especially after being in the water) and avoid being in the sun during peak hours.

Myth: Age spots are inevitable as we get older

Age spots actually aren't due to age. Though it's more likely to have age spots at 40 than at 20, age spots are actually caused by years of exposure to UV light. Genetics also contribute to how susceptible a person is to age spots. True age spots are harmless. However, many women choose to lighten them for cosmetic reasons. Always use daily sun protection to help avoid age spots.

Myth: Greasy foods cause acne

Though greasy foods are probably not the healthiest choices, there's no evidence that they cause acne. In fact, dairy products and citrus products are more likely to cause acne breakouts than greasy foods or even chocolate.

Myth: Blackheads are due to dirty skin

Though they are dark in color, blackheads are not dirt and you can't just wash them away. Blackheads are caused when your skin produces too much sebum. Dead skin cells get in the path for the sebum to exit through the pore. This blocks the pore, creating a clog. When the clog nears the surface and oxides, it turns black. Don't try to scrub blackheads away with a regular facial scrub. Instead, find products that contain salicylic acid that exfoliates inside the pore to dissolve away the dead skin cells and oil.

Myth: All women eventually outgrow acne

Unfortunately, this is a circumstance where men have an advantage over women. Men typically outgrow acne because after puberty their hormone levels become steady. However, women have hormone fluctuations throughout their lives — due to menstrual cycles, pregnancy and so on. Women can suffer from acne well into their '20s, '30s, '40s and beyond.

Those are our top five busted myths! We hope that you found this post to be educational and that it will help you feel more confident about your skin and its needs. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!