What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Care?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a skincare revolution. As a matter of fact, the skincare industry is worth over 148 billion dollars.
More and more people have become invested in skincare and rejuvenation because they weren’t wearing as much makeup while working at home or under their masks. They’re also working hard to prevent the dreaded “maskne” (mask-induced acne).
But what are the most asked skincare questions? We’re here to talk about it. Keep reading for a brief skincare FAQ so you can stay informed and keep your skin looking fresh and glowy.
Should I Always Wear Sunscreen?
This is one of the top (and most important) frequently asked questions about skincare. In short, the answer is yes. You should always wear sunscreen if you’re going to be exposed to the sun.
Regardless of the weather, UV rays can still impact your skin. While a low UV index indicates that the sun won’t do too much damage, applying sunscreen is still an easy and effective protection measure. Why take any risks?
Even if you only plan on going for a short walk, wearing sunscreen is essential. The sun may also get to your skin through your windows (including car windows), so keep this in mind.
Not only will the sun increase signs of aging, but it can also lead to skin cancer. Find a high-quality sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply it throughout the day.
Is Oil Bad for My Skin?
There is a huge misconception about oil in the skincare world. Don’t worry, it’s not bad for your skin.
Oil, when used correctly, is a great way to keep your skin soft and moisturized. It’s also more effective for removing makeup than makeup-remover pads and products.
You want to find an oil that is non-comedogenic. These oils shouldn’t clog your pores and cause more acne.
Remember that your skin needs oil. If it’s overproducing oil and causing breakouts, it’s a sign that you need to add more moisture and hydration to your skin, not dry it out.
What Should I Do About Blackheads?
Blackheads might seem scary, but don’t worry. You can take care of them.
First: make sure that you’re actually dealing with blackheads. Many people think that the small dark spots on their noses and cheeks are blackheads, when in reality, they’re sebum plugs. Squeezing these can enlarge and irritate your pores.
Avoid using drying masks on your face to “peel off” your blackheads. This can cause skin irritation.
Make sure that you wash your face well. It’s a good idea to double-cleanse (start with an oil cleanser), especially if you wear heavy makeup.
Consider getting a chemical peel to even out your skin and reduce or prevent blackheads.
When Should I Start Using Anti-Aging Products?
Believe it or not, your skin starts slowing down collagen production when you’re in your early to mid twenties. This means that it’s time to start introducing anti-aging products so you can restore collagen and maintain skin elasticity.
You don’t have to go overboard in your twenties, but adding a gentle retinoid and an exfoliator is a great way to start combating signs of aging early on.
What Are Your Skincare Questions?
These are the most common questions that our clients tend to have about skincare, but we’re always happy to answer more! Skincare is personal, and everyone’s skin has different needs. It’s normal to be unsure of how to take care of it.
If you’re ready to make an appointment with our skincare professionals, we can’t wait to meet you! Contact us at Southeast Dermatology Specialists to set up an appointment today.