It’s time to set the record straight when it comes to skincare.
We get it. We all turn to Google for information, but the reality is while there are many good resources available online, there is also lots of not-so-good or not completely accurate information out there as well. It can be very difficult to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Not to worry! We sat down with Newport Beach dermatologist, Dr. Helia Eragi, to clear up five common skincare myths.
Not true. UV sun rays can go through windows and cause sun damage. Also, recent research has shown that blue light emitted from light bulbs indoors and computer screens, and some other electronic devices can worsen melasma.
2. You need to scrub your face with hot water and soap very well to get all the oil and dirt off to have glowing skin.
False. Your skin has a good lipid layer and microbiome that is part of your healthy skin. Scrubbing too hard removes the good lipids that skin needs to stay hydrated and harsh soaps can disrupt the healthy microbiome of your skin that is used to protect against pathogens.
False. Darker skin types may not burn as easily as lighter skin types, but they are still at risk for skin cancer caused by long-term, unprotected sun exposure.
False. The size of your pores has to do with the genetics of your skin. Although there are some products such as retinoids, benzoyl peroxide and oral Accutane that can shrink the pores, they will not completely get rid of the pores on your skin.
Not necessarily true. Regardless of whether you’re oily and acne-prone or dry and dehydrated, you should be using some kind of moisturizer to help keep your skin balanced and nourished. The differences come in the type and amount of moisturizer your skin needs. While oily skin requires the least amount of moisture, a moisturizer is still important for nourishing and hydrating the skin. When choosing a moisturizer, you may want to opt for a lighter product, like a hydrating serum versus a heavy cream.
Dr. Helia Eragi is a board-certified dermatologist in Orange County, California who is passionate about skin health and skincare. She can be found at the BioSpa medical spa in Newport Beach where she treats patients of all ages and skin types with general and cosmetic dermatology. She also performs aesthetic treatments such as Clear+Brilliant, Micro-Needling, PRP, MiraDry, Botox, and Fillers. She has a deep understanding of skincare products and advises her patients on the best regimen to suit their specific needs to ensure healthy radiant skin.