Deepali Bhardwaj shares 10 widely held misconceptions related to skincare and the facts about them.
MYTH Hot showers are good—they help skin open pores
Skin pores cannot open and close like doors; the pores on your skin are openings that allow sebum to flow to the surface of the skin keeping it supple and so. Sometimes, they appear larger in size due to the accumulation of dead skin cells that have clogged them. To remove the dead cells, exfoliate your skin gently.
MYTH Expensive products are the best
The price of the product has little to do with safety. Many skincare products available in the market contain chemicals that are harmful to the skin. This does not mean that you stop buying all products. I recommend picking products that contain natural and organic ingredients and traditional herbs.
MYTH Poor hygiene causes acne
Acne isn’t caused by a dirty face. Acne may be caused by clogged pores and bacteria that may be present below the surface of your skin which may not come off by washing your face. Dirt and grime can pile up but they do not clog pores. The main culprits behind clogging of pores are dead skin cells combined with sebum. Unfortunately, scrubbing alone does not unclog the pores. On the contrary, scrubbing irritates your skin and makes it worse. The most effective way is to cleanse your face is with a mild, non-irritating cleanser twice a day.
MYTH Chocolates and fried, fatty food can cause acne
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