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5 skin myths debunked


5 Skin Myths Debunked

Have you ever heard these 5 myths about skin and skin care?  You may be surprised about how much ‘common knowledge’ about skin care is actually myth

Myth #1

The right skin cream can retain young looking skin.
There are hundreds of skin treatments on the market that claim to help you look younger. For reducing wrinkles, the topical treatment with the best evidence behind it is retinoic acid (as in Retin-A) has the best evidence for keeping skin looking young.  However, it is to say if one cream with that ingredient is better than another.  The best ways to keep wrinkles at bay are using sunscreen, keeping hydrated, healthy wholesome food and not smoking.

Myth #2

Antibacterial soap is best for keeping your skin clean.
Skin normally has bacteria on it, so it’s impossible to keep your skin completely free of bacteria for any amount of time. Antibacterial soap is not necessary for everyday use and many experts are concerned that the use of antibacterial soap could lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Myth #3

Eating chocolate or oily foods causes oily skin and acne.
"Chocolate per se will not make you break out," says Dr. Shamban, a leading dermatologist. "In fact, there is little evidence that chocolate or any specific fatty foods will cause acne, but we do know that a high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body -- which can lead to acne.

Myth #4

Tanning is bad for you.
Spending an excessive amount of time in the sun or in a tanning booth can increase skin cancer risk.  This is especially true if sunscreen is not used. Excessive tanning can also damage skin, which will cause it to wrinkle and age prematurely.

Always use precautions when in the sun, gradual tanning with breaks in between is not dangerous as long as your using SPF 30, applying it thoroughly and reapplying when necessary, as well as avoiding peak sun exposure times — a light tan with no burning isn't a warning sign.

Myth #5

Tanning is good for you.
People often associate a dark tan with a radiance of good health. However, there is no evidence that tanned people are healthier than paler people. Sun exposure does have a health benefit, though. Sunlight activates vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D helps keep bones strong, and may also lower the risk of certain cancers and boost immune function. Depending on how much vitamin D you're getting in your diet, a lack of sun exposure could increase your risk of vitamin D deficiency.

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