Everyday millions of Americans expose their skin to harmful chemicals and gasses in the air. These detrimental chemicals can increase aging and leave skin dirty and clogged. While many dermatologists have created skincare products to combat the harmful environmental effects on skin not all of the products are as promising as they claim. When it comes to skincare products, you should pay close attention to the ingredients in the product as well as the packaging, to make sure the product is worth your money and works the way it says it will.

Scented Moisturizer
Scented acne fighting skincare moisturizers can immediately wake your senses with refreshing and intense scents of tropical fruits or popular florals and while these products may seem great initially, they aren’t great for your skin. The added fragrance in scented skincare product can potentially make skin worse and studies have shown that the ingredients found in citrus fruits can actually do more damage to the skin than good. Recent breakthroughs in skincare ingredients have led to amazing skincare products. One of the most popular skin ingredients that have been proven to be very helpful in fighting acne is Salicylic Acid. The ingredient breaks down acne and unclogs pores. While Salicylic Acid is the main ingredient in many acne skin care moisturizers, it is important to pay attention to the amount of Salicylic Acid to make sure that it is not misleading.

Skin lifting Creams and Masks
Many skin lifting creams and masks can leave your skin slightly renewed and moisturized, but not actually lifted. Many products claim to elevate, firm and lift your skin, while many studies have proven otherwise. Studies show skin care products cannot actually lift skin. Also, the jar masks are contained in allow for the ingredients in the mask to deteriorate overtime and become less effective. The plant extracts and the other ingredients in these mask break down in the presence of air, meaning that once the product is opened and exposed to air it begins to expire. Skin lifting creams and masks may be good for moisturizing but don’t fall for their advertising promises that it will lift your skin.

Skincare Pills
Skin care pills claim to fix your every skin problem – from preventing aging to decreasing dark spots and acne. However, many of these products are misleading and can cause sickness and long-term diseases. Vitamin A, Zinc and Vitamin B3 are some of the natural supplements that have been proven to decrease acne and reduce breakouts. Vitamin A contains topical prescription retinoids which can be very useful in treating and reducing acne outbreaks. Zinc is also a natural supplement that has been known to treat acne and reduce skin problems. While these supplements have many health benefits, you should monitor the dose to avoid any severe illnesses.

While maintaining healthy skin takes work, it is important to do research on which skincare products are right for you instead of just buying what’s popular. Many skincare products can be misleading, so it is important to know what’s in your skincare to make sure it is not causing more harm than good. Contact us for a skincare consultation.

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