From the time you start dabbling with makeup in your teenage years to when you start battling acne or consider developing a personal anti-aging routine, everyone in your life will have an opinion on skin care. While your grandma and mom might swear by certain products or regimens, your best friend might suggest trying a more modern approach. Whatever the words of wisdom you’re being handed, it’s important to take them all with a grain of salt. According to dermatologists, plenty of the tips they’ve heard from patients are not only inaccurate but could be problematic for breakouts, sun damage and other issues.
Here, dermatologists share the absolute worst pieces of advice they’ve ever heard to make sure you avoid making these skin health blunders:
1. “Toothpaste can clear up your skin.”
Remember in middle school when you had a slumber party with your best friend and she shared the goods on how she fights those pesky pimples with good ol’ fashioned toothpaste? You might have been excited about this DIY solution when you were 13, but now that you’re an adult, it’s time to upgrade to a product that actually works.
Dermatologist Shilpa Agrwal, M.D., explains that toothpaste can dry out zits because it has hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and alcohol, but in reality, it doesn’t do much for your skin. “You may experience redness, irritation and even superficial burns from all the harsh ingredients. I had patients that have damaged their skin from applying toothpaste on it and it took them weeks to heal,” she says. Instead, Dr. Agrwal suggests using an over-the-counter acne spot treatment that has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Or, for a more natural acne solution, consider a bentonite clay spot treatment or even a diluted tea tree oil, which has great antibacterial properties.
2. “Chocolate causes acne.”
While there may be an ounce of truth to this, Dr. Evans reminds us that there is never one certain food that will cause everyone to break out, since everyone has their own individual chemical makeup.
Read full story on dermstore.com