skin care myth2

1.  If your skin is oily you should use products to help dry it out.  This is false.  In fact, its counter productive.  When you have oily skin and work to dry it out, your body will create more oil, which is why I see many people who have acne and dry patches at the same time. Healthy skin is in balance. Also, the skin has a protective acid mantle that functions to protect your skin and when that is not maintained when the skin is out of balance, the skin is more likely to suffer breakouts.

2.  You should use a scrub for acne.  Again, this is false for several reasons. When you scrub your face, you are creating friction, which can excite your oil glands to produce more oil. Not exactly what you’re looking for when you’re prone to being oily. Also, if you have active breakouts and infection on the skin, you could potentially spread the bacteria to other sites.

3.  If you tweeze your eyebrows too thin, the hair will not grow back. Alas, this is true – sometimes. Its difficult to determine how and when a hair follicle will become damaged, but repeated pulling can damage the follicle and cause it to cease producing hair. I have treated many older women who complain that they ‘over tweezed’ when they were younger. This is why I recommend going with a naturally shaped brow, and working with your own brow shape to determine your best brow design.

4. If you wax your lip, the hair will come in thicker and darker.  Mmm, false.  And this is a big one because there are women who will not wax their mustache upper lip because they think this will happen. For better or worse, we are born with all the hair follicles we will ever have.  Apart from transferring follicles, there’s no way to create more. Removing hair does not increase the amount of follicles nor does it cause the hair to be thicker or darker, otherwise, people could make the hair on their head thicker.  Imagine that! The reason that hair which has been shaved appears thicker is that it is cut blunt, which makes it appear thicker than a naturally grown hair, which comes to a tapered point.

5. There’s no need to use “eye” cream – face cream is the same thing. This, too, is false. Eye creams or moisturizers for the under eye area are formulated differently. The products are altered to be able to be absorbed into the smaller pores of this delicate skin. Notice that you can see pores on other areas of your face, but not those on your eyelids. Voila! And yes, its important to use a high quality eye cream/moisturizer to help keep that skin looking moisturized.

So there you have it! If you have any questions on any of the above matters, or anything else – please feel free to ask away! And thanks for reading! Oh, and if there’s something you’d like me to cover, please let me know!