Dermatologists Reveal 4 Products They Won’t Recommend to Patients

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Dermatologists know best when it comes to skin care. We approached a few of them to give us their take on the avalanche of skin-care products in the industry. We asked them to nit-pick products that were not worth the hype or that they would not recommend to their patients to use. Some of their answers will surprise you.

Pore strips

Do you get a thrill when you see the gunk ripped from your face? Are pore strips really the way to go when you are looking for flawless skin? The twinge of pain might make you feel it is all worth it. But the truth be told, they do not work especially on blackheads. What pore strips do is to strip your skin of natural oils which tends to damage your skin in the long term.

The blackheads you think you are removing are most likely sebaceous filaments. Sebaceous filaments help the skin regulate a healthy oil balance. Why they might be mistaken for blackheads is because they look black and oxidize in proximity to the pore. The removal of pore strips traumatizes the outer layer of the skin leading to broken capillaries and by extension skin redness.

Pore strips are simply not strong enough to remove blackheads period.

Beauty Elixirs

Beauty elixirs are facial sprays meant to encourage radiant complexion. Elixirs use extracts from rose, myrrh, rosemary, orange blossom, grape and organic balm mint to prep the skin and whittle down pores.

This Korean skin care trend was deemed useless by our panel of dermatologists because it does nothing for skin care. They opine that beauty elixirs smell great and can make women feel good. However, that is all about it. They do not shrink pores. They do not reduce wrinkles and offer no solutions whatsoever for corrective damage. They do also not offer any form of traditional treatment like antioxidant serums or retinol.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is filled with healthy fatty acids which are much easier for the human body to burn. It is true that this oil type works incredible wonders for the skin by protecting it against weather elements as well as containing moisturizing antioxidants and vitamins.

But our panel of dermatologists believes coconut oil is a terrible choice for oily skin. This staple is also known to have an adverse effect on skin types with acne. People with oily skin who use coconut oil usually end up with large and blocked pores. When they end up with clogged pores it messes up make-up and leaves in its wake a boorish skin texture. This serves as a breeding ground for frequent breakouts.

Alcohol-Based Products

Alcohol based products leave the skin parched and dull. Many toners and creams in the industry contain alcohol and this leads to a drastic depletion of the skin’s moisture levels. If alcohol offers this disadvantage why do manufacturers continue to use it in their products?

Some of the benefits of alcohol include the fact that it acts as a preservative which helps to kill germs. There is also the point that it complements other ingredients by helping them to be absorbed by the body faster. Alcohol works as a solvent in any given formula making it possible for ingredients not soluble in water to end up in liquid form or smooth creams. However, there are disadvantages as well. Alcohol strips the skin of its natural acid and revs up the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Studies have also shown that ethanol causes damage to skin cells.

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