5 Common Skin Care Myths Debunked

by Alisha Bridges Patient Advocate

Old wives tales and mis-information about skin care have been passed along by word of mouth and the internet. Check out these five skin care myths and discover the truth behind some of skin care’s most misrepresented facts!

A woman's menstrual cycle can cause acne to appear

TRUE: Have you ever had or seen a friend with a giant pimple that seems to come out of nowhere? It could be due to her menstrual cycle. Right before and during the time a woman’s egg is released her body will experience high levels of hormones which can cause high production of oil glands and acne bacteria in the face.

'Dermatology tested' means a product is great for your skin

FALSE: I’m sure you have heard this term in numerous skin care product commercials. Many claim to have been dermatology tested, but what does that mean? These commercials never mention who has tested it, how many people it was tested on, or what the results were. Look into a product more, by researching it online and reading the ingredient label.

The best way to get rid of a pimple is to pop it

FALSE: Although you may want to get rid on an unsightly pimple as fast as possible, popping it is not the best option. Popping pimples can cause damage to the skin and can leave acne scars or dark spots. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that scars occur when the body produces too much or too little collagen during the healing process.

Using butter on a burn will help it

FALSE: As a kid growing up, any time I would get a burn, my grandmother would say “hurry, put some butter on it.” Although I’m not sure where this home first aid remedy originated from, the truth is, putting butter on a burn can actually make it worse because the grease can trap heat inside the particular area.

Running cold water on a burn in your first line of defense

FALSE: A 2013 study in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery found that using warm water would be effective for burns to prevent blistering. "The application of warm water provided an additional benefit by improving the microcirculatory perfusion, which translated into increased tissue survival,” study authors said.

Alisha Bridges
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Alisha Bridges

Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis. Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis. Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.” Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the HealthCentral Skin Health Facebook page.