Skincare advice comes from all different places, some opinion, some rumor, some knowledgeable fact. How do you know which is true and what is merely myth? Here are a few more truths about your skin and how to keep it as healthy and beautiful as possible.
- Greasy foods and chocolate are the culprit for breakouts and blemishes: False
Eating poorly is obviously not good for your overall health, especially your waistline. But you can’t blame a bad diet on breakouts. Stress hormones are what cause pimples and acne, not what’s in the food itself. The association may be that stress also causes poor eating habits. So while you’re all stressed out, you eat poorly and break out, it’s an association, not a causation.
- It’s better to pop a pimple in order to get the “bad” out: False
It may even feel good to release the pus collected just beneath the pimple, but a lot of it is just pushed deeper into the skin, which causes a redder and more irritated appearance. When it goes deeper into the pore, it will cause damage and inflammation. People must resist from picking at their face. Scarring will spread underneath the skin.
- Anti-aging products such as creams, lotions and moisturizers can erase wrinkles: False
Although it would be nice to think that wrinkles can be done away with a simple over-the-counter cream, or prescription for that matter, the truth is they can’t. Most wrinkle creams simply hydrate the skin plump it to seem to temporarily smooth out crow’s feet and laugh lines. Some dermatologists will say that topical retinoids will do the trick, and it is true they do increase cell turnover. But this shows minimal improvement, and as you continue to age, the wrinkles will quickly replace the ones you thought you erased. Topical retinoids that are strong enough to show any signs of improvement require a prescription.
Fractional resurfacing by the Fraxel laser, is the gold-standard for non-surgical wrinkle removal. Dr. Rokhsar is the leading international authority of Fraxel, and has taught more physicians on the use of Fraxel than any other physician in the world. The laser works by creating microdamage to the skin in small areas at a times. This directly stimulates the collagen to replace the fine to moderate wrinkles. The collagen is the structure of the skin and creates a tighter and smoother layer. Fraxel laser treatments also affectively treat turkey neck, surgical scars, and acne scars.