The skin of the face needs to be cleansed, nourished, stimulated to renew itself – this is a well-known truth. The beauty industry creates new products, explains the importance of each procedure, and it turns out that you can not skip a single step of facial care. Therefore, in an effort to keep our face young and fresh, we buy a lot of products, in the hope that in this way we provide maximum protection.
Well, or in the hope that at least something will help. However, American dermatologists believe that not all products on the market should be used. At a minimum, this is money thrown away, and at a maximum, these products can harm the skin.
Some products can be used by a professional in a specially equipped beauty salon. But they are completely unsuitable for independent use.
So, what you should not do on your own, without the recommendations of a beautician:
1. Chemical peels
Sometimes people buy products for chemical peels on the Internet, arguing in this way: well, what could be special about it – you just apply it and that’s it. However, dermatologists often have to deal with the negative consequences of such procedures – persistent redness, the appearance of rashes and all sorts of formations, changes in skin color. Allergic reactions are often formed.
Incorrect peeling can lead to burns of the facial skin and the subsequent appearance of long-term scarring, as well as hyper- or hypopigmentation of the skin. Professional cosmetologists during the peeling procedure can quite easily control the depth of skin changes by choosing the right concentration of acid and the right time to apply the product to the skin. But at home, it will be much more difficult to cope.
You should be careful with loofah, buf puf sponges and other face sponges. Dermatologists consider them too abrasive, irritating and unnecessarily traumatizing the skin. This is especially true for those who have problems – such as acne, eczema, etc. It is known that sponges made from natural materials tend to accumulate bacteria.
Accordingly, when they get on the skin, they begin a destructive effect – also because they make “rubbing” movements with a sponge. It is for this reason that the shelf life of sponges made from natural materials is short, only 2-3 months, and if you do not comply with it, you can earn trouble.
3. Moisturizers with collagen
It is well known that the condition of the skin is mainly determined by collagen. This is a fibrillar protein that forms the basis of the connective tissue of the body (tendon, bone, cartilage, dermis, etc.). It is he who provides strength and elasticity to the skin. Based on this, you might think that the more collagen we consume, the better for the skin. This opinion, for obvious reasons, is actively cultivated by the beauty industry, since everything with collagen can be better sold.
But, unfortunately, even the almighty collagen is not subject to miracles. “I believe that the collagen molecule is too large to work effectively. The active ingredient doesn’t penetrate the skin, so when you buy a collagen product, you’re just getting an overpriced moisturizer,” says S. Manuela Gegazoti, CEO and founder of the Miami Skin Institute.
4. Abrasive scrubs
Usually, people who are concerned about acne begin to use abrasive facial scrubs. But hard scrubs, unfortunately, are too traumatic for the skin, they can cause irritation and hyperpigmentation. Dermatologists strongly discourage the use of scrubs if the skin is prone to acne.
This can provoke inflammatory processes. Instead, Brooke Jenkson, MD, founder of the North Carolina Skin Institute, suggests using gentle, creamy cleansers.
5. Dermorollers or mesoscooters
These devices appeared not so long ago and are positioned almost as an alternative to laser skin resurfacing, as well as various hardware procedures for skin rejuvenation. In fact, this is a roller, the movable drum of which is strewn with many of the finest needles made of medical steel or titanium. When the roller is driven over the skin, the needles pierce the dermis up to 20 times in one area.
In response to this irritation, skin cells begin to produce new collagen fibers, thus forming a new healthy tissue. “I think these devices increase the risk of infection and inflammation. The fact is that the impact on the protective function is too strong. Such procedures can only be performed in a professionally equipped beauty parlor,” says Ava Shamban, MD, a Beverly Hills dermatologist and author of Healing Your Skin.
According to the site www.Health.com