Skin health: myths and truths

Some myths about skin-care can negatively affect the health of this organ. And certain truths that are decisive for its protection are unknown. Do you want to know more?

Skin health is a subject that does not always get the attention it deserves. It may be one of the most important and largest organs of the human body, but we tend not to take enough care of it. Most of us only pay attention to it for aesthetic reasons. In addition, the myths and truths about the health of the skin are numerous.

The skin is responsible for protecting our body from external agents. It acts as a barrier against changes in temperature, air, bacteria, etc. The health of the skin can also reflect changes that have occurred in other parts of our body. Did you know that certain tumors, such as those that develop in the lungs, can cause hives? In the same way, the first symptoms of many systemic disorders affect the skin.

In addition, the skin allows us to experience touch. It also affects our appearance, sexuality, and self-esteem.

For all these reasons, we will try, in this article, to reveal to you the myths and truths about skin health so that you can take care of it properly.

Does hydration affect skin health?

The claim that hydration affects skin health is true. It is necessary to drink water to allow the good functioning of all our organism as well as to keep the skin hydrated and firm.

Nevertheless, the claim that you need to drink two liters of water a day to keep the skin healthy is false. While it is generally recommended to drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water a day, this is an average.

The amount of water we need varies depending on many factors. Exercise, room temperature, or even food can increase our water needs. In addition, the water we drink does not reach our skin directly and, therefore, it does not directly affect the condition of our skin.

Does the sun help cure acne?

The claim that the sun helps cure acne is a widespread myth. Some people think that the sun improves the condition of acne. Nevertheless, this is not the case at all.

Moreover, before anything else, it is important to know that most medical treatments for treating acne are photosensitizers. This means that if you take a medicine to cure your acne, exposure to the sun can cause a reaction on the skin. And if you do not protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen, you will eventually burn your face. This will make your acne worse.

In addition, if you have recent acne scars, exposure to the sun can make these marks more visible. It is therefore strongly advised to avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours and to use appropriate sunscreen.

The skin renews itself constantly?

The claim that the skin is constantly changing is very true. The skin is an organ that has its own renewal cycle. Skin cells continually regenerate in the deepest layer. From there, they migrate to the epidermis, the most superficial layer of the skin, in order to replace the old cells.

The skin takes around 28 days to renew. However, over the years, the pace of renewal has slowed. Sun exposure, sleeplessness or poor diet also influence this slowing down.

Does exfoliation eliminate cellulite?

Cellulite is an accumulation of fat in the deepest layers of the skin.

Many women think that exfoliating the thighs or glutes helps eliminate cellulite. However, the exfoliation only stimulates the most superficial layer of the skin. For this reason, the claim that exfoliation eliminates cellulite is false; it is a myth.

To achieve cellulite reduction, the most important thing is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and exercise regularly. If this is your goal, consider consulting your doctor or personal trainer.

Does stress affect skin health?

The claim that stress affects the health of the skin is indeed true. As the study published on Clinical and Experimental Dermatology shows, constant exposure to stress affects both the health of the skin and the well-being of the rest of the body.

In fact, stress has been shown to influence certain skin changes and diseases. It has been shown that stress aggravates psoriasis, for example. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by the appearance of red spots with whitish scales. This disease can cause pain and burn in the affected areas.

Stress and anxiety have also been shown to influence alopecia areata. It is an autoimmune disease: the immune system causes hair loss in localized areas.

In short …
You have just discovered some examples that show that not everything we hear about skincare is necessarily true. Faced with the slightest doubt or problem, the ideal is to consult a doctor.

In addition, some basic treatments allow us to take care not only of our skin but also of our whole body in a simple way. Staying well hydrated and well resting improves the functioning of the whole body.

Finally, keep in mind that it is best not to expose yourself to the sun between noon and four o’clock. This can affect the health of your skin and health in general. Remember to use sunscreen adapted to your skin type. Take this into consideration!