CBS Redo You: Beauty Skin Care Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess Part 2

As a part of the Redo You: Beauty series on CBS, Dr. Tess, debunks skin care myths and gives the truth about how to take care of your skin.

Myth #3: Facial scrubs make your skin glow.

Facial scrubs may remove dead skin and make your skin feel instantly smoother.  Over-exfoliating can cause problems especially for those who have sensitive skin or have eczema.  Over-scrubbing also can cause some superficial blood vessels to appear especially on patients with rosacea and may worsen redness on the skin.  And for those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse.

Myth #4: Dryness causes fine lines.

Dryness can cause peeling and flaking. Dryness on the skin can make lines APPEAR worse but it will not create wrinkles.  Milk, buttermilk and yogurt contain alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people, Soak a cotton cloth or small towel in whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.

 Myth #5: Toothpaste dries out pimples.

Toothpaste contains ingredients that will do nothing to dry out a pimple. They may cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts on the skin.

Today’s toothpastes also have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating.  There are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth.  To help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face.

Read Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess Part 1

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About Dr. Tess M.D., F.A.A.D.

My mission is to use my extensive training, expertise, and artistic sense to promote self esteem, build confidence, and improve my patients' quality of life.

Posted on March 21, 2012, in Beautiful Skin, Dermatology Q & A, Dr. Tess Mauricio, Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, skin care and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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