4 Dermatologists Share Skincare Don’ts

Jhere are an infinite number of things we can do to our skin. Some of them, like washing your face before bed and using actives that help you achieve your skin goals, are good things. But others? Not really.

“Much of the beauty space is filled with influencers and celebrities who don’t want you to feel good enough to buy their products and make them more money,” says Caren Cambell, MD, board-certified dermatologist. practicing in Napa and San Fransico, California.

So we asked four dermatologists about the one thing they would never do to their skin. With all the scary stuff floating around online, that was definitely a tough question to answer. But nevertheless, they succeeded and some of their answers might surprise you. Keep reading to see what they flag as no-no’s in their personal beauty routines.

4 Skincare Don’ts According To Dermatologists

1. Get a steam facial

“The only skincare practice I would ever do is a steam facial,” says Shirley Chi, MD, board-certified dermatologist in Southern California. “I have rosacea and my skin is sensitive, and the steam from your face opens up your pores and allows more irritants to enter. This also increases inflammation in the skin. This, in turn, increases the redness and worsens conditions like acne and rosacea.

Before I went into dermatology I used to have facials which included steam and a hot towel every month or two and then wondered why my face was red, itchy and breakout for two weeks later. Estheticians told me it was a natural part of healing my skin, but now that I’m a trained dermatologist, I know better. Itching and burning sensations and redness of the skin are not normal. It’s actually your skin crying out for help and relief. Now I do procedures such as microdermabrasion and micro-infusions on my face to improve the texture and tone of my skin instead of facials.”

2. Get a permanent filler

When you opt for a filler, you can get a permanent filler that sticks or a temporary filler that uses ingredients like hyaluronic acid that break down over time and require reinjection. Ranella Hirsch, MD, a board-certified dermatologist from Massachusetts, won’t come close to the former.

“Permanents like some silicones and others carry the risk of delayed and often permanent complications,” says Dr. Hirsch. “While no procedure is entirely risk-free, those for temporary fillers tend to be more immediate, temporary, and often reversible.”

3. Use face oil

This one is very controversial because face oils are very popular right now and a lot of people love them, but Dr. Campbell is not a fan.

“Acne likes to grow in oil-rich environments. When we hit puberty, our hormones stimulate oil production on the skin, which creates an ideal environment for acne-causing bacteria to grow,” she says. “Why would you then use oil-based makeup removers and moisturizers as an adult and recreate the environment that causes acne more common in teens?”

Especially if you’re prone to acne, Dr. Campbell advises using lighter, non-comedogenic lotions that are free of fragrance and essential oils instead.

4. Sit in a tanning bed

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but in case you need a refresher, indoor tanning that uses ultraviolet light isn’t good for your skin. Just like unprotected exposure to the sun, indoor tanning can lead to skin damage that increases your risk of skin cancer or melanoma.

“The one thing I would never do as a board-certified dermatologist is indoor tanning,” says Miami-based dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD. “Indoor tanning significantly increases your risk of melanoma. Even occasional use can be fatal. Exposure to indoor tanning before age 35 is associated with a 75% increased risk of melanoma. Indoor tanning is dangerous and not worth the risk. If you want to look tanned, use self-tanner.”

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