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Debunk Common Beauty Myths with Tess Mauricio on The Talk

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Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio, was on “The Talk” on February 29 to discuss common myths.  She said that misinform abounds, and it doesn’t hep that there are so many crazy claims out there; and that so many regimens and products are used incorrectly.  Well, I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things she said. These are her 5 biggest myths:

Myth 1

Acne is the Result of Dirty, Oily Skin

Often acne is caused by over-washing.  There are many factors that can cause acne, such as genetics and hormonal changes.  But she says dirty, oily skin is not one of them (say what?!  Sorry, while I don’t think that it is one of the main factors, I don’t think you’ll have nice skin if yours is oily or dirty, and not taken care of.  I think it is evidenced by so many teenage boys with oily skin, who probably don’t have the best hygiene habits having terrible acne….  but I do agree that there can be other causes for it.  I tend to get a lot of breakouts when I am under stress. – Sarah)  Over-washing skin, especially when you over scrub, can over dry the skin and cause irritation.  It can make your skin kick start your oil producing sebaceous glands, and make skin greasier (which causes ACNE,  see?! – S).  So don’t wash more than twice a day with the appropriate cleanser for your skin.  Using cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help decease bacteria on the skin and minimize blackheads and other blemishes.

Myth 2

Adults Shouldn’t Have Acne

Since hormones and stress can mimic puberty, adults can definitely get acne.  Make sure you wash off your makeup!

Myth 3

Cocoa Butter prevents Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are deep under the skin.  They are a disruption of skin’s elastic fibers when skin expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy, rapid weight gain/loss or during growth spurts.  Some may even have a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to them.  Dr. Mauricio said that some people use a mixture of coconut oil mixed with the  lime juice (for vitamin C) as a natural moisturizer to help repair the connective tissues beneath skin’s surface that cause stretch marks. (Well, I kind of think THAT sounds a bit like a myth….  I have to say I also kind of disagree with this one, to an extent.  While I don’t think that cocoa butter will prevent stretch marks,  I think that it is important during certain times, like pregnancy, to keep skin moist and pliable, which cocoa butter does, to help reduce stretch marks.  If you have a dried out rubber band, it might crack when you stretch it. – S)

 Myth 4

Facial Scrubs Make Your Skin Glow

Facial scrubs may make your skin feel instantly smoother by removing dead skin cells.  But over-exfoliating can cause problems, especially for those who have  have eczema or sensitive skin.  Over-scrubbing may also cause some superficial blood vessels to appear, especially on patients with rosacea.  It may also worsen redness of the skin.  For those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse. (see Myth 1)

Myth 5

Dryness Causes Fine Lines

Dryness causes flaking and peeling.  It may make lines look worse but it will not create the wrinkles.  A mask of milk, buttermilk and yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people.  Try soaking a cotton cloth in cool, whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.

Myth 6

Toothpaste Dries Out Pimples

Toothpaste can actually be irritating to skin, and make acne worse.  It contains no ingredients that will dry out a pimple. What it could do is cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts.  Many toothpastes nowadays have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating.  She says there are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth.  She suggests to help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face as a mask, which can help oiliness and blemishes.

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