16 Things Dermatologists Want You To Know About Your Skin

    It’s probably time to stop using Pinterest as your dermatologist.

    Let's face it: We've all had those moments of panic — a pimple before picture day, a bright purple stretch mark right at the start of swimsuit season, that dreaded first wrinkle — where we're willing to try (almost) anything to make our "imperfections" disappear.

    Unfortunately, despite what Pinterest, Instagram, or some beauty blogs might have you believe, most skin woes don't have a magical fix. So how can you tell good advice from bogus? To take some of the guesswork out of it, BuzzFeed Life rounded up some of the most common skin care tips circulating online and asked four dermatologists to weigh in. Here's what they want you to know.

    1. Expensive moisturizers don’t actually work better than cheap ones.

    2. Not all natural products are safe to put on your skin.

    3. Treating blackheads with lemon juice is a bad idea.

    4. You don’t actually need to wash your face multiple times a day.

    5. You probably don’t need to use a toner.


    If you have oily skin, you may have heard you should wash with a toner. "Toners can help select patients, but over-drying and irritation is a concern among many dermatologists," says Miller. His recommendation: Only tone oily areas or use a spot treatment in trouble areas. Leave those dry patches alone!

    6. Cellulite creams won’t firm your skin back up.

    7. The SPF in your makeup (or moisturizer) might not provide enough protection from the sun.

    8. There’s no rule that says you should start using anti-aging products in your 20s.

    9. You should never, ever use hand sanitizer on your face to tone down oily skin.

    10. Chocolate isn’t causing your acne.

    11. Neosporin won’t zap your zits.

    12. Toothpaste isn’t the best way to get rid of a pimple.

    13. Calamine lotion isn’t great for pimples, either.

    14. Even MORE stuff that won’t solve your pimple problems: rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and breaking open liquid gel pain relievers.

    15. Egg whites aren’t actually going to shrink your pores.

    16. Coconut oil won’t reduce age spots and wrinkles.

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