10 Things Your Dermatologist Wants to Tell You

10. Stop washing your face all the time

Washing your face is a good thing, but overwashing can cause dryness and rash. Your skin needs its natural oils to protect itself from damage. Ideally, you should only be washing your face once a day, just before bed, to remove the remnants of the day.

9. You look silly with toothpaste on your face

I wouldn’t be surprised if this treatment worked before toothpaste was filled with preservatives and other chemicals. Unfortunately, now, the baking soda contained in some kinds of toothpaste might treat your pimple, but the other ingredients could just end up irritating your skin even more. So please keep the toothpaste in your mouth, your skin will thank you.

8. Wear more sunscreen

Though better than wearing nothing, most makeups with sunblock do not contain high enough SPF to fully protect you. Look for a moisturizer with SPF 30+ and reapply as you need throughout the day. Sun damage will wreak havoc on your skin, and the risk of skin cancer isn’t worth it!

7. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on skincare

If you have the disposable income to buy pretty bottles and real diamond chips in snail goo, go for it! But the truth is, the cheaper stuff does a fine job. Everyone has a different skin composition, so try a few different budget moisturizers to find the one that works best for you.

6. Natural doesn’t mean safe

Just because something is natural, that doesn’t mean that it is safe to put on your skin. Be cautious of miracle skin cures and always check and research the ingredients.

5. Lay off the lemon juice

Lemon is an excellent cleaner in the kitchen, but don’t put it on your face. Lemon can irritate the skin causing painful redness and swelling, increase your risk of sunburn, and cause splotchy bleaching of the skin.

4. You probably don’t need a toner

Unless your skin is exceptionally oily, you can skip the toner. The mix of chemicals and preservatives in your toner is likely doing more harm than good. Though your skin may feel fresher momentarily, it may be starving for moisture by the end of the day.

3. Chocolate probably isn’t giving you acne

Chocolate lovers rejoice! It probably isn’t chocolate that is giving you acne. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rarely an acne aggravator, so enjoy a bar every now and then. It is good for the soul.

2. Act your age

Don’t start the anti-aging regime too early in life. If you are under thirty and don’t smoke, stick to a moisturizer and sunscreen. Everyone’s skin ages differently, so ask your dermatologist how healthy your skin looks at your next visit. Your doctor can tell you where you are in the aging process and recommend an appropriate skincare routine.

1. Stop putting hand sanitizer on your face

Especially in the world of COVID, hand sanitizer is always nearby and seems like it would be suitable for cleaning your face, but it’s not. Hand sanitizers contain ingredients like alcohol and triclosan, which can irritate and dry the skin. Keep the hand sanitizer strictly for your hands and moisturize them often!

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