In my practice, I have heard it all. It really does shock and amuse me that people will try almost anything without researching the topic at length. Just because your friend of a friend of a friend says that something works, you really do have to stop yourself and ask…does this make sense? I am going to share a couple of these myths with you, and hopefully I can shed some much needed light for those that are living in the dark!
Myth: Doing facial “yoga” exercises can help remove existing wrinkles
I recently had a patient that told me that she found an effective way to eliminate her wrinkles. She stated that she is actively performing facial “yoga” exercises, in order to tighten her skin and remove wrinkles. This is not the first time that I have heard about this craze, and it simply is not possible to eliminate existing wrinkles on the skin through facial exercises. Actually, these exercises can aggravate the wrinkles that are present, due to persistent movement of the facial muscles.
Truth behind this myth?
The truth behind facial “yoga” is that it tones the muscles of the face by using relaxation techniques, in order to smooth tense facial muscles. The muscles that are targeted promote the development of wrinkles. Unfortunately, once wrinkles are formed, there is no way to permanently erase them naturally, or through the use of facial yoga.
Myth: Going tanning can help clear up acne
For those patients with redness and irritation from acne, a tan can briefly mask these side effects, however there is no evidence based research supporting the fact that tanning can help clear up acne. Tanning does the exact opposite to acne prone skin, as it leads to dry, irritated, and burned skin… and burned skin leads to skin cancer! Not to mention, tanning promotes sweating, and excessive sweating leads to clogged pores, which ultimately leads to more acne.
Truth behind this myth?
The truth behind the myth of tanning for clearer skin is that when one tans, their face and body become darker, and this causes a residual effect on their acne not being as noticeable. Unfortunately, this is an illusion, and the acne is still under the skin. This can also lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin, especially for those with preexisting acne scars.
It is so important to research all advice that is given to you. This is just two of hundreds of skin care myths that I have heard over the years. You only get one shot to do things right when it comes to taking care of your skin. Just one mistake can lead to permanent skin laxity, and even cancer. Take care of the skin that you have, and it will definitely take care of you.