Dispelling Three Skincare Myths

1. People with darker skin tones do not need sunscreen
This is completely false. Yes, it is true that melanin does offer a bit of protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, individuals with darker skin tones do still sustain damage from long term exposure.

We are talking about the similar DNA-level damage that lighter-skinned people also get. Darker-skinned people are also prone to developing acral lentiginous melanoma. This type of skin cancer appears in NON sun-exposed areas, and it can take a long period of time before it can be detected. It is recommended that you should still be getting regular skin checks with your dermatologists.

2. Age Spots = Getting Older
Another myth that needs to be proven wrong is the idea that age spots appear because you are getting older. To start things off, the term “age spot” is actually inaccuarate. The unevenness of skin tones and the appearance of brown spots are a product of years of environmental exposure. This is because your skin’s enzymes being subject to damage can cause visual imperfections to appear. Age has nothing to do with it, instead the amount time you spend exposing your skin to outdoor conditions does.

To combat age spots, hydroquinone is the best product to use. Hydroquinone is a time-tested product that can lighten unwanted and stubborn dark spots on your skin.

3. Acne only occurs during your teenage years
Acne cannot be outgrown. Many adults in their 20’s, 30’s and even as far as their 60’s can experience acne outbreaks as often as teenagers do. What triggers these breakouts are not completely dependent on age either, as there are many of them. This includes diet, stress, hormone changes and other factors that do not necessarily happen during your teen years. This means that each acne treatment plan should be personalized depending on the age, severity, and cause.

To add to this – if you had clear skin during your teenage years, there is no guarantee that you would not get acne later on in your life. This is why it is very important to have regular visits with your dermatologist to evaluate your skin’s health.

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