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.