Skin Care Myths and Facts – Some Of The Big Misconceptions About Skin Care.

It is no longer news that every single human being on planet earth is concern about their skin which makes a demand for skin care products relatively high.


Because of this, everyone in the skincare and beauty market is doing everything possible to tend this very big audience into profit.


This struggle for a benefit, by all means, has led to too many lies telling all in the bid to make sales. People are tired, disappointed by all these lies that I took time to speak to some experts on some skincare myths and facts and is what I gathered.


Just hang on tied.


Pores Open When You Put Warm Water on Your Face And Close When You Put Cold Water on Your Face

This myth has been around forever and no one has been able to do anything about it because it refuses to die. You will see lots of advice all through the internet telling you to


use a warm cloth on your face before cleansing to open up your pores so that you can get inside them and clean them out and then afterward you’re meant to splash cold water on your face or even rub ice over your face to close all your pores up again.


This comes from the fact that muscles do work this way… warm temperatures relax muscles and cold temperatures tensed your muscles up. This is why the hairs on your skin stand up when it’s cold and relax back down when it’s warm.


The problem here is that the muscles that pull your hair up and down the erector pili muscles these cause goosebumps but they don’t control whether your pore opens or closes. The opening will move back and forth but it doesn’t actually open and close.


In fact, there aren’t any muscles that control the pore opening. It’s just a hole in your skin. The problem from switching between hot and cold water is that these extreme temperatures will irritate your skin and irritation is linked to a lot of bad things in your skin like pimples.


Therefore, don’t put your skin through that sort of treatment. A bit of warmth can help oils become runnier so that they come out of your pores more easily and a bit of cold can be good for calming down inflammation but if you try to push between really hot and really cold temperatures this will just irritate your skin for no good reason.


If You Clean Your Skin More Thoroughly, It’ll Help You With Your Acne Pimple


Making your skin look uneven and having dirt on your skin can cause acne. That is why it’s pretty obvious that if you clean your skin more, they’ll stop acne from forming right well. No cleaning more usually doesn’t fix your acne.


There are four main factors that will contribute to your acne.

These are:-

  1. Excess Oil Production
  2. Inflammation
  3. Overgrowth Of Specific Bacteria
  4. Clogged Pores


Cleansing will help with oil production and overgrowth of bacteria and clogged pores if you’re using a product that is about to clog your pores. But if you are cleansing incorrectly such as using cleansers that are too harsh or if you overdo your cleansing, this can actually make those four factors worse.


An example:

If you use a high pH cleanser this can lead to inflammation and overgrowth of acne bacteria?

If you use a harsh and irritating cleanser this can lead to inflammation and can increase your oil production.

You only need to cleanse once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser ( affiliate link ) that’s the right pH and contains gentle surfactants.


Natural Skincare is Better For Sensitive Skin

A lot of natural beauty brands push the idea that natural beauty products are gentler and more being on your skin. That they’re going to be great for sensitive skin. I touched on this myth before in a seminar on “natural” and “chemical” beauty and skincare products. The first thing we need to clear up is that everything is a chemical.


One of the big misconceptions about nature is that nature isn’t quite as nice and idyllic as they usually make it out to be. For example, if you have had a fever like me, you will know that nature is evil and makes you sneezy.


If you’ve been stung by a bee or if you’ve touched poison ivy or stinging nettles, then you’ll have been on the receiving end of some of nature’s wrath. Now if you think of the things that people tend to be deathly allergic to, like bee stings, peanuts, wheat, fish and milk,


these tend to be natural things in which nature have evolved to defend themselves and at the same time, we’ve become more allergic to more things. In this case, it’s actually synthetic products that tend to be better for sensitive skin.


Natural extracts also tend to be mixtures of complex chemicals and there’s a lot more variation in them as well.


For example:- An apple extract from a ripe apple is going to have different chemicals in it than an apple extract from an unripe apple and this will be different from an extract from an apple that’s been left to rot in a warehouse. Natural ingredients also often contain hidden fragrances which can be pretty allergic synthetic products.


On the other hand, are usually simpler and they have ingredients that are actually just a single chemical. They’re also less affected by things like the season and where that extract comes from.


This means that it’s going to be a lot easier to predict how your skin will react to a synthetic product and that’s why dermatologists tend to recommend synthetic products for people with sensitive skin.


Chemical Sunscreen Need To Absorb and Activate Before They Start To Work

There’s a widespread myth that chemical organic sunscreen ingredients need to absorb and bind your skin and then they need to activate before they start working and absorbing UV but physical or inorganic sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide don’t need this waiting time.


This means you see a lot of advice saying that you need to put on chemical sunscreens earlier and wait for 20 minutes before going out into the Sun, whereas you can put on a physical sunscreen and they’ll start working immediately.


This myth also means that you’ll see advice telling you that you need to apply chemical sunscreens on bare skin otherwise they won’t work but physical sunscreens don’t need bare skin and you should put them on top of your makeup.


This myth probably partly comes from the fact that instructions on sunscreen packaging often tell you to apply 20 minutes before going into the Sun. Now let me make it clear here that the reason for this isn’t because the sunscreen needs to activate.


Sunscreen ingredients both chemical and physical are active and capable of absorbing UV even before they leave the bottle. Here I smeared some sunscreen onto white paper and they’re absorbing UV from the blacklight immediately after I’ve applied it.


The reason for this 20-minute wait time is that the sunscreen needs to spread and form a film? so it doesn’t get rubbed off. Sunscreens are emulsions that contain droplets of water in oil so until the sunscreen comes together to form an even film it can give spotty protection if it hasn’t formed a film and you move around too much it can rub off and again, you end up with incomplete protection.


This wait time for the film to form is the same for both chemical and physical sunscreens and after this film forms, both chemical and physical sunscreens are mostly sitting on top of the skin in uniform layer hopefully so that it protects the skin underneath.


This means that you can treat chemical and physical sunscreens the same way. You don’t need to apply chemical sunscreen as the first layer and physical sunscreen as the last layer and you don’t need to wait for one type and not the other.


People With Good Skin Have Good Skincare Routines

It’s really tempting and embarrassing at some point to see someone with good skin and ask them for their routine to copy or follow all their tips in order for you to get a skin like this but unfortunately, good skin doesn’t necessarily mean that someone’s got good skincare habits.


One of the biggest reasons that people have healthy skin or healthy bodies in general, is genetics. Good skin is based on genetics first. It’s a bit like asking someone who’s tall how to get taller following their routine.


Probably isn’t going to make you any taller. Some people can throw just anything at their skin and will still be smooth and clear. That’s why really bad ideas like toothpaste to clear up spots still get rave reviews.


Pimples will clear up on their own in a few days if your skin is good and if you only have one pimple and you put toothpaste on it, then you don’t know how long it would have taken for it to heal with or without the toothpaste and so it looks like putting toothpaste on it helped it heals.


There’s a popular saying in science that correlation is not causation. This means that, if you do something and something else happens afterward it doesn’t mean that the first thing caused the second thing.


For example, if my alarm goes off in the morning and then I miss my train that doesn’t mean that my alarm caused me to miss my train. But it’s really tempting to see things as related because humans like things to make sense.


This is one of the big issues with anecdotal evidence which is when people give testimonials saying that something worked for them a lot of the time.


Things aren’t related and a lot of conditions get better on their own without interference so this goes for skincare as well as other areas of health like waiting for a cold to get better. So cold remedies a lot of the time they are just old wives tales.




Hope this was helpful and please have you any other myths? Feel free to leave me a comment below and tell me the myths you were most surprised to find out.



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8 thoughts on “Skin Care Myths and Facts – Some Of The Big Misconceptions About Skin Care.

  1. Hi, this is great information. I’ve noticed that many out there rather buy expensive products because they claim to be made with clean, natural ingredients and don’t pay attention to the harmful ones that are also used. This is very useful information. Thanks!

  2. Hi, I was surprised by the myth of the pores. I thought this myth was true. Also, It is nice to know the information about sunscreens. Thank you for this info.

  3. Good information here. I also understand that a person’s diet plays a big roll in the severity of acne. My older sister had terrible acne even into her twenties. She tried everything under the sun for it. Then she went to a nutritionist who helped her identify certain foods that were contributing to and aggravating her acne. That really seemed to help her the most. My younger brother, who also suffered from the same severe acne was on antibiotics for years. That didn’t do him any favors at all and I didn’t see any major improvements either. He wasn’t interested in putting much effort into his diet either.

    • Hi Anne, thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comment. Yes, diet has a very big role to play in our skin care struggles and must not be ignored by anyone who seeks a positive result. in fact, it is the first place to start.
      Thank you.

  4. Thank you for clearing up some of the myths that I have read about skincare. It is too bad that there is so much misinformation. Or that people think one product will work equally well for many different people.

    I will say that I have better luck with natural products vs mainstream skincare, so I am happy that I have found products that work well for me. I avoid using sunscreen because of how poorly it works with my skin, so I am looking for a natural product for that as well.

    What do you think the most important ingredient for sunscreen is? I want to look for effective products and I am not sure what is current.

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