Dermatology Institute of America’s Dr. Christine Madden is debunking some of the most common skincare myths. There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to skincare, which leads to a lot of time and money being spent on products & regimens that are not effective. Find out what is true or false from an expert with years of experience in dermatology research.
True or False - Detoxifying The Skin
Myth – One can “detoxify” the skin by drinking plenty of water.
The liver and kidneys are responsible for metabolizing and discarding toxins from the body, not the skin. Drinking plenty of water will aid the liver and kidneys in performing the function of removing toxins from the body. Hydration levels change day to day depending on activity level, health status, and ambient temperatures. A good indicator of adequate water intake is urine color. It should be a pale yellow color if one is adequately hydrated.
True or False – Causes of Acne
Myth – Acne is caused by a build-up of toxins in the skin.
Answer – False
Acne is caused by an excess of receptors to testosterone or by a change in the affinity of the receptors to testosterone. These receptors are determined by a multitude of factors including genetics, stress, sleep deprivation, medications, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels. Dermatologists see an increased incidence of acne in teenagers due to hormonal changes and in peri-menopausal women, also due to hormonal changes.
True or False – Skin Nutrition
Myth – Nutrients can be applied to the skin to provide nourishment for the skin cells.
Answer – False
The skin is a protective organ and cannot be fed by the application of nutrients. Rather, consuming foods which are rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and fish (e.g. the Mediterranean diet) will provide appropriate nutrition for all of the organ systems.
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