Busting 6 Popular Skincare Myths

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When it comes to skincare and beauty, there are many differing opinions and beliefs circulating online and in magazines from what products are best based on ingredients and performance to opinions on the ideal skincare regimen. Manhattan-based dermatologists, Drs. Debra Wattenberg and Ilyse Lefkowicz, understand why this information can be confusing, so we are busting six common skincare myths. Let’s separate fact from fiction so that you can achieve that glowing skin you desire.

MYTH #1: If you have oily skin, there is no need to moisturize.

FACT: Oily skin requires the least amount of added moisture. However, even when you have oily skin, the benefits of moisturizing daily will provide additional nourishment. So, to keep your skin balanced, no matter your skin type, be sure to use a moisturizer daily. But, you should choose a moisturizer that best suits your skincare needs.

MYTH #2: Acne is caused by not washing your face.

FACT: Washing your face daily can certainly help if you are dealing with acne, but skipping this routine is not the sole cause of acne. Cosmetics can cause inflammation, dehydration, irritation, and clogged pores due to the toxic film left behind. Acne can also appear during hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. For more information on managing your acne, contact NY Skin RX to schedule a consultation today.

MYTH #3: You can permanently remove cellulite.

FACT: The appearance of cellulite can be improved through exercising and toning the area, but, unfortunately, it cannot be removed entirely. Cellulite not only affects those who are overweight, but it tends to be hereditary as well. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but if you want results faster, dermatologists on the Upper East Side of Manhattan offer fat-reducing treatments that are non-surgical and require no downtime.

MYTH #4: The higher the SPF number on the sunscreen, the longer I can stay in the sun.

FACT: A higher SPF doesn’t mean you can stay in the sun longer. You should choose a sunscreen containing at least an SPF 30, which should provide adequate protection for most individuals. However, sunscreen should be applied every hour or more often if you are sweating excessively or swimming.

MYTH #5: It’s ok to use the same products in the evening as I do in the morning.

FACT: Your skin naturally tries to protect itself during the day from the harsh sun and other damaging free radicals. Therefore, you want to help your skin and use a product that will defend against the elements and sun exposure during the day. Then at night, since the skin doesn’t have to work as hard at protecting itself, it reacts better to vitamins, retinol, and peptides found in nighttime formulas.

MYTH #6: You can get rid of acne with rubbing alcohol.

FACT: While rubbing alcohol does kill bacteria, it is far too harsh for the skin on your face, and it’s actually too drying and irritating to the skin. While it may sound like a good idea, using rubbing alcohol on your face creates an excess of sebum and clogs the pores, making acne even worse. Talk to our dermatologists, Drs. Wattenberg and Lefkowicz, to learn how to treat acne in Manhattan.

Dermatologists in Manhattan

It is essential that everyone follow a skincare regimen every day. But, to find out what is best for you, contact NY Skin RX by calling (212) 288-3200. We provide cosmetic and medical dermatology services to Manhattan, the Upper East Side, and throughout New York City.

Schedule your consultation with NY Skin RX today by calling (212) 288-3200, and let’s see how many more myths we can bust.

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