When you were a teenager, you heard about Mama: chocolate causes acne and stress affects the skin. But are these facts correct? LOOK explains.
Again and again, you hear statements and advice on skin care. That is true and that the work is often debatable. Nevertheless, there are tips that are good for the skin.
"Drink two liters of water a day, it's good for the skin"
Not true! Internal organs such as the kidneys, heart and blood vessels control the water supply of the skin. However, there is no specific amount of water that must be drunk for this. The optimum amount of water depends on many factors and is different individually.
"Burning means that the product works"
Not true! Feeling a tingle of refreshment or cooling is good. However, if the product burns or causes redness, it may indicate incompatibility. In this case, wash the product with lukewarm water and do not use it anymore.
"Stress affects the skin"
This is true! Hair loss, pimples and eczema are common reactions to a stressful everyday life. Agitation can cause hormonal changes that trigger small inflammations just beneath the surface of the skin.
"Detergents cause rashes"
Not true! Rashes are triggered by environmental factors and genetic predispositions, which then lead to inflammation. However, soap, shampoo or cleanser may contain irritating and drying ingredients for the skin. However, such reactions are individually dependent.
"Chocolate causes acne"
Not true! Although a high fat diet is unhealthy, it does not cause acne. The pimples are due to excessive sebum production and immune reactions to clogged pores.
"The skin is renewed"
This is true! The skin is the largest organ and protects the body from the environment. However, the cells of the outer skin layer divide constantly and are then pushed back from the surface.
"You need sunscreen only when it's sunny"
Not true! The skin uses ultraviolet light to make vitamin D, but it is harmful. Rays can damage the genome of skin cells and cause cancer. Since about 80% of ultraviolet rays reach us even in cloudy weather, daily sunscreen should be used.