14 Most Popular Skincare Myths

December 21, 2021
7 minutes

Most Common Skincare Myths

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We’d like to share some of the most common skincare myths that you can find on the internet to help you avoid them.

Don’t trust everything you see on the internet about skincare! Do you ever recall when you felt a little “off” and decided to look up your symptoms on Google… only to find out that you’re apparently dying? Although the internet can be resourceful and informative in so many ways, it can also be very misleading. Sometimes you might end up completely questioning whether what you see on it is true or not.

So when looking for helpful tips on maintaining a healthy skincare routine, the internet isn’t always the best place to look. You must consult with a skincare professional to help determine what routine will work for you to make your skin always look healthy and glowing.

There are many things to be learned in the world of skincare. You really need to take what you learn with a grain of salt, though. There are so many thoughts out there on what is right and what is wrong for your skin that it can easily make your head spin! If you've already read some of my previous blog posts, then you know that I'm personally not into fads or trends when it comes to skincare. Instead, I try to focus on what

I've researched through numerous dermatologists and their studies. What works well for one person may not work for another because what's best for oily skin isn't necessarily what's best for dry skin, etc. To start off this list, let me walk you through what I believe are the most common skincare myths. Please note that this is my opinion on what I've read, so please don't get offended if you have a different viewpoint!


1.  Using skincare products with alcohol will dry out your skin.

This is definitely what I see popping up quite frequently in magazines, especially ones for teens/adolescents. It sounds logical enough to assume that if an ingredient is “alcohol denatured” meaning there's alcohol added to it then it will be drying for your skin, right?

After all, what normal person wants their face dried out? However, what isn't often talked about in these articles or what magazines fail to mention is whether the alcohol being used is from a natural source or not. Believe it or not, an alcohol derived from natural ingredients such as plants can actually help to moisturize and hydrate your skin!

Compare this to synthetic alcohols, which are regularly created in a laboratory and are known to be extremely drying. So next time you're looking to purchase a skincare product, make sure to check the ingredients list to see if the alcohol is from a natural source. If it isn't, then I would recommend avoiding that product.

2.  Using skincare products with fragrance will give you a headache.

This misconception probably comes about because of all the different fragrances that are present in many skincare products. It's definitely true that some people are more sensitive to fragrance than others, and that it can trigger a headache in some cases. However, just because a product has fragrance in it doesn't mean you will automatically get a headache. In fact, many people actually enjoy the scent of certain skincare products. It's all about finding what works best for you and what doesn't cause any unwanted side effects.

3.  If I have oily skin, I don't need to moisturize.

This is something that I see all the time – people with oily skin believing that they don't need to moisturize. Unfortunately, this isn't really true. While those with oily skin may not need to use a moisturizer every day, it's still important to give your skin some type of moisture. This will help to balance your skin's oil production and keep breakouts at bay. I typically recommend that those with oily skin invest in an alcohol-free lotion or serum because the added hydration will be good for your skin without making it extra greasy! Find the perfect antioxidant moisturizer here!

4.  You shouldn't apply skincare products on top of makeup.

As long as what you're using is noncomedogenic (meaning it won't clog up your pores) then there should be no problem applying skincare products over makeup. The main thing here is to make sure what you're using doesn't cause any skin irritation after you've applied it on top of your makeup, especially if what you use contains sunscreen since that can be a little more sensitizing.

5.  If I have dry skin, I should avoid using any skincare products with oil in them.

This is definitely a misconception because using skincare products with oil can actually be really beneficial for those with dry skin. The key is to use oils that are moisturizing and not comedogenic (meaning they won't clog up your pores). Some of my favorite oils to use for those with dry skin include jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and argan oil.

6.  You only need to exfoliate once a week.

While exfoliation is certainly important, it's not necessary to do it every single day. In fact, over-exfoliating can actually damage your skin by causing irritation and redness. I typically recommend those with sensitive/irritated skin to limit exfoliation to once or twice a week, while those with oily skin should aim for 2-3 times a week at most.

7.  Skincare products containing SPF will give you enough sun protection.

Many skin care products today contain sunscreen ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which offer good protection against the sun's harmful rays. However, what many people fail to realize is that these ingredients often come in very small percentages (<5%) and often don't offer broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection (meaning they protect against both types of UV rays instead of just one). Products containing these ingredients are okay for everyday use, but shouldn't be used as your sole source of sun protection.

8.  I can only buy what's available at the drugstore.

The truth is that there are many skincare products out there that don't just come from big companies like Neutrogena and Garnier – they also come from smaller brands and individual sellers! You just have to do a little bit of research to find what will work best for you – especially if what you're looking for isn't something that's readily available at your local drugstore. For example, if what you want has a higher SPF than what you find at the drugstore, it'll probably be easier to order online or get it from a specialty store.

9.  The more expensive a skincare product is, the better it must be

This isn't always the case – there are many affordable skincare products out there that are just as good (if not better) than their more expensive counterparts. That being said, there are definitely some high-end skincare products that are worth the price tag, so don't be afraid to invest in them if you can afford it!

10.  I don't need to wear sunscreen in the winter.

Although you might not feel the sun's rays as strongly in the winter, that doesn't mean you're not still susceptible to its harmful effects. In fact, skin cancer rates continue to rise even in the colder months, so it's still important to wear sunscreen every day – no matter what time of year it is!

11. Eating sweets, oily food, or food high in fat causes oily skin or acne


This is probably one of the most common skincare myths out there. How many times have you avoided eating that piece of chocolate because you thought it was going to make your face break out? The self-produced oil on your skin and on your scalp called sebum is what can potentially cause the pimples on your face. Too much sebum can form hardened plugs that lead to acne, whereas too little of it can cause dry, flaky skin.

12. Exfoliating on a daily basis is beneficial for your skin

Exfoliating your skin is a significant step to making it look healthy and happy, but doing it every day can cause more harm than good to your skin. It can strip the skin of its natural oils like sebum, which causes the body to produce more sebum. This ultimately can lead to even oilier-looking skin! Limit exfoliating to twice a week and your skin will thank you!

13. Wearing makeup consistently will make you age faster

This is another common skincare myth debunked. You're safe as long as you’re fully and properly removing your makeup before going to bed and following a nightly skincare routine. If you don’t remove your makeup or cleanse your skin with the proper products, the toxins, and dirt left on your face accumulated throughout the day will affect you negatively. Make sure your skin gets the care and love it needs before calling it a night.

14. There’s no need to add a moisturizer to your daily skincare routine if you have oily skin

If you have oily skin, you may be under the notion that you don’t need to add moisturizers because it will only make your skin oilier. This isn’t true. If you’re cleansing your skin, you’re still stripping away its natural sebum. As we discussed prior, this can cause more sebum to be produced, resulting in oilier skin. You require a moisturizer to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and happy, no matter what kind you have. Oily skin will primarily benefit from lightweight moisturizers like serums. You should try a moisturizer for oily skin.

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