4 more skin care myths demystified

The previous blog mentioned a few popular skin care myths which have been proven to be wrong. However they were only the tip of the iceberg as there are many other skin care myths waiting to be demystified.

Myth no.1: Makeup is an acne trigger.

Fact: This is not true as no research has actually proven that makeup or skin-care products can lead to acne. There is even no consensus proving problematic ingredients. Of course some women do experience breakouts after using some skin care product which can be an inflammatory response, a random skin reaction or just the result of some problematic ingredients which are unique to a person’s skin type.

You thus just have to find out what may have triggered the breakout as is no information to lead you in the right direction. Noncomedogenic and ‘non-acnegic’ are meaningless terms which the cosmetic industry uses just to indicate a product is less likely to cause breakouts. However there is no actual standard or regulation supporting this; so any product can make this claim, even pure wax!

Myth no.2:  As long as a company says it works, the product works.

Fact: Laboratories are experts at creating studies supporting the labels and advertisements of products. However consumers and physicians aren’t aware under which conditions the studies were performed, which is important to know.

Myth no.3: Buy only anti-wrinkle products containing collagen and elastin.

Fact: While collagen and elastin are great water-binding agents, they do not fuse with your skin’s natural support of these supportive elements. Most of the time, these collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin. Even if it’s small enough to get absorbed, it does not bind with the existing collagen in the skin and there’s no research indicating otherwise. There are only studies proving that collagen is a moisturizing ingredient great for the skin but is not unique.

Myth no.4: Everyone should use an eye cream.

Fact: No research, evidence, documentation or research proves that the eye area needs ingredients other than the ingredients your face or neck require. Even if there were ingredients specific for the eye, they are made using random formulations which is not consistent in the industry.

Most cosmetic companies put whatever they want in their eye products and charge you double than the same product for your face. In a nutshell, eye creams are only whimsical products of the cosmetic industry produced to generate sales of two products instead of only one.

Fascinated with the information? Well, this is not the end of the myths. There are even a few more myths waiting to be demystified, and will be proven in the next blog. So just have some patience and wait for them!