What Social Media Gets Wrong About Skincare

What Social Media Influencers Get Wrong About Skincare Routines

Social media can be a great resource and tool, but some­times mis­in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lates as facts. It’s nor­mal to want healthy, clear skin — and we want to help you achieve those skin goals. How­ev­er, if you’re get­ting skin care tips from any­one but a board-cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist, then you could be on the wrong road to healthy skin. Duly Health and Care has a team of expert der­ma­tol­o­gists who will assess your skin and rec­om­mend a treat­ment right for you.

Here are 5 skin­care rou­tines that social media influ­encers have got­ten wrong — and why you should prob­a­bly ignore them.

1. Every­one Should Prac­tice Skin­care Fasting”

Skin­care fast­ing” is a pop­u­lar trend that calls for tak­ing a break from all skin care prod­ucts — that means cleansers, ton­ers, mois­tur­iz­ers, sun­screen, and even make­up. The length of the break can range from 24 hours to a cou­ple of weeks. This skin­care rou­tine is sup­posed to help your skin nat­u­ral­ly pro­duce its own oil and not rely so much on prod­ucts. With healthy skin always being the goal at Duly, our board-cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gists will give you the best tips to fol­low. Your dai­ly skin­care rou­tine should always include a gen­tle cleanser and mois­tur­iz­er, as well as sun­screen.

2. Nat­ur­al” or Chem­i­cal-Free Is Better

It’s com­mon to hear some social media influ­encers pro­mot­ing nat­ur­al” or rather, chem­i­cal-free skin care prod­ucts — free of chem­i­cals like sul­fates and parabens. The truth is, those prod­ucts labeled nat­ur­al” aren’t always safe either. For instance, lots of nat­ur­al” prod­ucts con­tain botan­i­cal extracts in such high con­cen­tra­tions that they are one of the top caus­es of both aller­gic and irri­tant con­tact der­mati­tis. In oth­er words, these nat­ur­al ingre­di­ents can be a major source of aller­gic reac­tions.

If any prod­ucts or spe­cif­ic ingre­di­ents have been irri­tat­ing your skin, make an appoint­ment with a Duly der­ma­tol­o­gist. They’ll be able to rec­om­mend which prod­ucts you should and shouldn’t use based on your skin type. 

3. Sleep­ing in Make­up Is Okay

Some women might not see any harm in occa­sion­al­ly sleep­ing with their make­up on, but der­ma­tol­o­gists don’t rec­om­mend it. Some make­up has oil and oth­er ingre­di­ents that may cause you to break out. And even if your make­up promis­es to not block pores (non-come­do­genic), sleep­ing in it can still cause acne. You can have beau­ti­ful skin with­out make­up. Talk to a board-cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist to find the right skin­care rou­tine for you.

Social media is full of skin­care trends and tips, but what works for one per­son, may not work for you. If you have ques­tions about your skin — or a tip you saw on social media — sched­ule time to talk with a Duly board-cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist.

4. Avoid Mois­tur­iz­ers If You Have Acne

A mois­tur­iz­er should be a part of your dai­ly skin­care rou­tine. When you have acne, treat­ments can some­times dry and irri­tate your skin. A mois­tur­iz­er every day can help your skin tol­er­ate these medications.

5. Don’t Exfo­li­ate Sen­si­tive Skin

Healthy skin is always the goal. Exfo­li­at­ing is com­plete­ly safe when done right. If your skin is more on the sen­si­tive side, or if you have acne-prone skin, you can use a wash­cloth and a mild chem­i­cal exfo­lia­tor. Mechan­i­cal exfo­li­a­tion might irri­tate your skin. You also want to make sure you don’t over-exfo­li­ate, which might cause irri­ta­tion. Once your board-cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist assess­es your skin type, they’ll be able to instruct you on how to safe­ly exfoliate. 

How Can Duly Der­ma­tol­ogy Help?

Whether you’re look­ing for help with treat­ing a spe­cif­ic issue with your skin or you’re hop­ing for a more youth­ful appear­ance, we’re here to help you get the desired out­come you’re seek­ing. Sched­ule an appoint­ment with one of our der­ma­tol­ogy providers who will work to find a treat­ment plan that is right for you.

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  • Growing up in a small town in Missouri, I was able to watch my mother, a family medicine physician, form meaningful long-lasting connections with her patients. The sense of community that she fostered inspired me to become a doctor myself. Now as a board-certified dermatologist, I have the opportunity to make a true difference in the lives of my patients. It may entail removing skin cancer found during an annual skin exam, softening the signs of aging with cosmetic treatments, or using the most up-to-date treatments available; such as biologic therapy for psoriasis. It could be developing a skincare regimen to treat acne or exploring options for hair restoration. Whatever the skin condition or concern may be, I strive to foster that same small-town sense of community, providing compassion, knowledge and experience to help each patient achieve healthy, glowing skin.