Skin Myths Debunked

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Truth or Myth? HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), the virus that may cause cervical cancer in women, can cause cancer in men.

True. HPV may lead to oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The incidence has steadily increased amongst men from 1973- 2004.

Truth or Myth? Underarm stains are caused by deodorant.

True. Antiperspirants contain aluminum and are acidic in nature. It is acidity that causes the underarm stain. Apply a thin layer and wait for it to thoroughly dry before putting your shirt on.

Truth or Myth? Acne is caused by what you eat.

Myth. Acne is not caused by what you eat. It is actually caused by excess production of oil (sebum) and obstruction of pores. Food such as chocolate or greasy foods alleged to cause acne have no effect on sebum production. Hormones control the production of sebum.

Truth or Myth? Moisturizers can eliminate skin wrinkles.

Myth. Moisturizers can make wrinkled, dry skin look better temporarily. However, skin examined under the microscope shows no significant changes after the use of moisturizers. In other words, moisturizers do not have any long-term effect on wrinkles.

Truth or Myth? Vitamin E creams prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Myth. There is no known measure to prevent stretch marks from occurring during pregnancy. The tendency for a woman to develop stretch marks is largely hereditary.

Truth or Myth? The "Mask of Pregnancy" is permanent.

Myth. The brown patches that occur on the face for some women during pregnancy, also known as melasma, may disappear spontaneously several months after birth. If the melasma remains, consult us to discuss treatment options ranging from prescription creams to laser treatments.

Truth or Myth? Sunscreen above SPF30 doesn't make a difference.

Myth. SFP 30 is not twice as strong as SPF 15. Specifically, SPF 30 filters out 97% of UVB whereas SPF 15 filters out 93% of UVB. The higher numbers confer even less additional benefit.

Truth or Myth? Tanning booths boost your Vitamin D.

Myth. Photosynthesizing vitamin D through natural sunlight is maximized after 20 minutes of UVB exposure. Studies have shown that extended sun exposure (via natural sunlight or tanning beds) provides no additional benefit but instead increases the likelihood of sun damage and skin cancer. It is recommended that people boost vitamin D levels through food and dietary supplements and not through intentional increased exposure to natural and artificial UVB exposure.