Rao Dermatology offers some tips for keeping your skin healthy and young. Skin care is a topic that is filled with many myths. Some of these myths are perpetuated by companies who are only interested in getting you to buy their newest product. Others are old wives’ tales that have been repeated so long that people simply accept them as truth. Here is a look at five of the most common skin care myths that you should ignore.
Buy the Highest SPF Sunscreen
In general, a higher number means that you get more of something. Although this notion is technically true with sunscreen, the extra protection is essentially useless. The increased protection of any sunscreen above SPF 30 is negligible. It is also important to check that your sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection in order to prevent damage from every type of UV ray.
You Only Need Sunscreen on Sunny Days
Most people leave their sunscreen in the closet until the sunny summer months come around. However, your skin can be damaged by the sun all year long. You should even wear sunscreen during a cloudy day. Although you might not get a sunburn when it isn’t sunny, the damage from the sun will gradually age your skin over the years.
Scrub Your Face to Prevent Acne
Good hygiene is important for the prevention of acne. However, many people wash their face too roughly and too frequently. This kind of face washing will irritate your skin and actually make it more prone to developing blemishes. You should only wash your face a few times a day using cold water and clean hands. Avoid using any harsh soaps or scented moisturizers.
Sunblock is Not Enough
If you spend time enjoying the sun then we might recommend that you add Vitamin C Serums in addition to sunblock. At Rao Dermatology we have just what you need to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun while still getting your dose of Vitamin D. Vitamin C Serums act as an antioxidant which helps to repair and renew cells. For more information on these serums please feel free to contact Rao Dermatology in Edmonton at 780-437-7189. We are here to help you take the best possible care of your skin.
Pop a Pimple to Remove the Pus
In general, you should let a pimple run its course. Popping it can cause scarring and might spread the infection. However, if you feel that you must pop it, do not use your fingers. Drain it using a sterile lancet that is pointed away from the skin. You can also use a device known as a comedone extractor.
Taking good care of your skin isn’t as confusing as it can seem. If you avoid following bad advice, your skin will be healthy for years to come.