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10-19-2010, 06:48 PM
Separating Fact from Fiction: 5 Skin Care Myths
Proper skin care is one of those things that more and more people are embracing nowadays, particularly because of the media campaign that subconsciously pushes people to be more beautiful. However, as with anything of this sort, not all the information one needs to know is actually known by the general public. In such situations, the general public tends to develop “knowledge” of its own, which are easily dismissed as myths and urban legends by medical experts. Here are a few of the more common myths.

Myth #1: Eating Some Foods Can Cause Skin Infectionshttp://esimply.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/5-Skin-Care-Myth.jpg

Skin infections are not caused by the food you eat. No, acne is not caused or affected by your diet either. Your food intake has no effect on whether or not your skin can become a target for acne, pimples, or any other skin infections. The fact is, your diet has minimal effect on your skin. Instead of watching what you eat, you might want to try cutting down on the stress and anxiety to minimize the chances of your skin getting blemished. The only way food can have an appreciable effect on your skin is if you have an allergy to the food eaten.

Myth #2: Facial Exercises Make The Skin Look Younger

There is absolutely, positively no truth to this. The harsh reality is that doing facial exercises will do more harm than good. Your skin is elastic, but only to a certain extent. Like all things that are elastic, there are limitations to just how much you can pull before breaking it or deforming it. Similar to a rubber band, if you pull at it enough, you’ll eventually deform it. In the case of the skin, do enough exercises and this’ll just make those wrinkles and lines more visible.

Myth #3: A Good Tan Can Kill Bacteria

This one is little more than scientific speculation at the moment. Ultraviolet light may have an effect on bacteria or it may not, science isn’t really sure about that right now. However, even if UV rays did have an effect on bacteria, there’s no indication that it would have any appreciable effect on bacteria beneath the surface of the skin, which is where most skin infections start out. Sure, tanning might be a good way to relieve stress and anxiety, but the possibility you might end up getting skin cancer is something you should keep in mind before you lounge all day on the beach.

Myth #4: Too Much Drink Can Make The Skin Blow Up

There is some scientific basis for this one, as alcohol tends to open up the pores and make a person look more flushed. However, alcohol cannot make the skin blow up and have acne appear all over your skin overnight. The open pores might make it easier for dirt to get into them and aggravate them if they are already clogged, but it is unlikely to increase the damage that was already there by any significant margin.

Myth #5: Dirt Causes Acne

To confirm: dirt clogged in the pores does not cause acne. It can cause problems, definitely, but it cannot cause acne, so don’t grab an over-the-counter acne treatment to help alleviate them. An exfoliant is more likely to help if dirt has clogged your pores, as that sort of treatment will peel away layers of the skin, eventually taking the dirt along with it. While acne treatments based on salicylic acid might help, this is because the acid is an exfoliant and not because acne problems are the same as having dirt in your pores.

Source: http://esimply.org/category/beauty/skin-care/

10-20-2010, 03:15 AM
Myth #1. What you put into your body affects your skin as well as your health. Your diet has a lot to do with your skin. I don't know where you are getting your information from but common sense dictates that what you put into your body will affect your skin. Think about what you put into your body. If you eat a lot of processed foods it will affect your skin, if you eat whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, grains and such your skin will glow. Keeping those preservatives out of your body is a very positive thing for your health and skin. This is not a myth.

Myth #2. Facial exercises for some have had a profound affect on their skin. I myself find that if I do the exercises daily my neck area is much more toned and others find the same. So, absolutely, there are benefits to facial excerises but they must be done on a regular basis. So this isn't a myth either.

Myth #3. Never heard of that one before. A tan killing bateria? So, yes I would agree that is a myth because in order to kill bateria the temperature has to be hot and well, that is just silly.

Myth #4. Drinking too much can make the skin puffy. Absolutely. This has been proven. So this isn't a myth either.

Myth #5. Of course dirt will cause acne. If you do not wash your face twice a day and take care of it you are asking for problems. You must keep your skin clean and well balanced in order to keep acne under control. You must use products that are for your skin type. This isn't a myth either.