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4 Skin + Hair Care Myths Discovered

Updated: Jan 9

The Skin and Hair industry can be sea of confusion. There are so many claims offering various miracles depending on the product. My goal is to help you sift through all of the claims. Read on to discover some of the most common skin and hair care myths~

  • MYTH 1: Acne only happens to teens

I hear it almost weekly~ "I never had acne but now in my 40s, I am experiencing acne." Yes, acne happens to teenagers but often it can happen later in life too. Acne is caused when our skin makes too much sebum (oil). This, combined with dead skin cells, clogs pores — making the ideal place for bacteria to grow. Hormones, family history and underlying health conditions also play a role in acne breakouts. Acne can also be a side effect of certain medications.

  • MYTH 2: If you have oily skin, you should not use a Facial Oil/Serum

Often oily skin produces more oil to balance out the loss of moisture on your skin (frequently caused by harsh cleansers). The oils in a face oil are quite different than sebum. Facial Oils absorb faster and seal in more moisture while infusing skin with nutrients that keep it healthy. A few drops of oil after your morning or evening cleanse will take the place of sebum, providing the same positive benefits.

  • MYTH 3: You can change the size of your pores.

Our pores size is determined at birth and not changeable. Many products may promise to 'shrink' pores but this is not true. Dead skin cells and dirt can clog pores, making them larger. Cleansing and gently exfoliating our skin can help to remove dead skin cells. Sloughing away dead skin cells will help keep debris from settling into pores. Cleansing skin nightly and exfoliating with a mask weekly will help with this process.

  • MYTH 4: You can wash your hair with a bar of soap.

I see this often. A business will market a bar of soap as a shampoo bar. Our hair has a pH of 4.5. A bar of soap has a pH that is between a 7-9. A pH that is too high for our hair will be very drying. Consistently using a bar of soap to wash your hair will result in frizz. It is important to use a shampoo that is pH balanced and designed for hair. Things to look for to determine the difference: a bar of soap looks exactly like a bar of soap and the main sign is in the ingredients: it will say saponified oils of coconut, olive oil, etc. The word 'saponified' means it is a bar of soap and that is was made with lye. Soap is meant to only be used on your body (not on your delicate face either).

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