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Skin Care Rumors Versus Reality

When it comes to skincare, there is a lot of information out there. Today, Estala Skin Care is taking some time to bust the biggest skin care rumors and fit you with a dose of reality. Behind every rumor there is a bit of truth, so let’s uncover the truth so you can be on your way to the best skin of your life. Be sure to follow a complete skin care regimen that is made especially to suit your needs. Whether you need the best acne products for oily skin,  facial cleansers for acne when you have dry skin, or the best anti-aging facial products to keep your skin looking youthful, Estala has it!

Rumor: Not Washing Your Face Causes Acne

Reality: While not washing your face or sleeping in your makeup can be a contributing factor to acne, it is not the sole cause. Acne is caused by a combination of elements including genetics, a build-up of dead skin cells, bacteria, sweat, and mainly, overproduction of sebum (the waxy, oily substance that causes blocked pores). Be sure to fight all the causes of acne with a complete skin care regimen for acne-prone skin.

Rumor: Scrubbing And Exfoliating Will Give Me Soft, Clear Skin

Reality: We get it, when your skin is dry or broken out, all signs point to a good hard scrub to get rid of all of the stuff on the surface. In reality, scrubbing or exfoliating your skin frequently (or using a daily facial scrub) can actually cause more issues. When you use an abrasive face scrub, you are actually causing micro-tears on your skin that are open invitations for bacteria, clogged pores, and infections. The best option is to let your face products do the work for you. Use a complete skin care regimen for acne or anti-aging with products that include salicylic acid, a natural exfoliator that will promote cell-turnover.

Rumor: Popping Pimples Helps Them Go Away Faster

Reality: We’ve all experienced that irresistible urge to pop a big whitehead, and we’ve all cringed at how the pimple seems to get worse after doing so. The truth is that popping a pimple will often times make the pus sink deeper into the skin. This can cause it to spread and cause scarring, as well as hyperpigmentation, redness, and swelling. If you really cannot resist, be sure to only pop pimples that look like they are “ready,” as in, don’t force something to come out. And for best results, invest in a set of pimple-popping tools rather than using your fingers. And, for the love of good skin, please do not pick at your zits! Instead, use acne-prone skin care products that include benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that fights acne-causing bacteria.

Rumor: You Don’t Need Sunscreen During The Winter/On Cloudy Days

Reality: We all know that sun damage is not a good thing. It can lead to different types of skin cancer and premature aging. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, nearly 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds - this is why many people experience sunburns after spending time outdoors on a foggy day. So be sure to use a quality, non-comedogenic sunscreen under your makeup every day. Be sure to also follow an anti-aging skin care regimen to combat sun damage.

Rumor: The Higher The SPF, The Better Protection

Reality: To put this in perspective, an SPF 15 sunscreen will block about 93 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Doubling that to SPF 30 will block around 97 percent of the sun’s UV rays. After that, you’re not making much of a difference, since SPF 50 will only up the protection to block 98 percent of the sun’s rays, and no sunscreen will block 100 percent of UV rays. So for everyday protection, opt for a sunscreen between SPF 15 and 30, and for times you’ll be outdoors, choose a higher protection of SPF 30-50. And don’t forget to reapply!

Rumor: Hot Water Opens Your Pores And Allows For A Better Clean.

Reality: Hot water can actually strip your skin of its protective barrier and natural oils, causing it to be dry and irritated. It is best to use lukewarm water to wash your face. If you feel like you need to “open up your pores,” you can use steam from the shower or place a hot towel over your face for a few minutes. This brings up another rumor we’d like to clear up: Splashing your face with cold water might feel refreshing, but it will not cause your pores to magically slam shut.

Discover The Secret To Complete Skin Care With Estala

Estala Skin Care offers complete skin care lines for acne and anti-aging. Our products have been developed by pharmacists and dermatologists to promote real, lasting results. Shop our collection of Acne-Stop Face Care Products and Anti-Aging Face Products today!