5 Common Beauty Myths, Busted!

5 Common Beauty Myths, Busted!

The advice you often hear or read about skincare is often just plain wrong. It may be well-meaning, but a lot of is little more than fantasy with no relation to physiologic or scientific reality. We’re sure you’ll agree: In order to get the best skin of your life, it’s better to be armed with facts than fiction!

Here are five of the more common beauty myths we run into pretty regularly. Check them out and learn the research-supported information to help you take the best possible care of your skin.

Myth 1: You should choose skincare products based on your age

Many products on the market claim to be designed for a specific age group (especially for those women over 50 who now are supposed to have "mature" skin), but age is NOT a skin type.

What’s true is that someone who is 50 can have the same skin concerns and skin type as someone in their 30s. Oily skin and clogged pores don’t just automatically go away when you turn 50 and dry, dull-looking skin can be a problem in your 20s.

Regardless of your age, fighting visible signs of aging should start as early as possible. The ingredients it takes to do that are the same for everyone, and you can’t start too soon. It’s like your diet, what’s healthy for someone in their 30s is healthy for someone in their 60s.

Myth 2: Hypoallergenic products are better for sensitive skin

The term "hypoallergenic" is meant to imply that a product is unlikely or less likely to cause allergic reactions and, therefore, is better for allergy-prone or sensitive skin types. The problem? There are no ingredient restrictions or regulations for determining if a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic.

Instead of looking for "hypoallergenic" on a label, look for gentle, fragrance-free products packed with soothing, skin-replenishing ingredients. Learn how the wrong ingredients can hurt skin!

Myth 3: "Age spots" are simply a fact of getting older

The term "age spot" isn’t quite accurate. Uneven skin tone and brown spots come from years of environmental exposure that leads to enzymes in skin’s surface causing visible imperfections.

Whatever you want to call them, these spots are unwanted and can show up at any age. For lightening stubborn dark spots, products containing hydroquinone are a must. There’s a great deal of research showing how amazingly well this time-tested ingredient works.

For skin brightening and to see a far more even skin tone plus renewed radiance, products that contain niacinamide, vitamin C, and certain plant extracts like arbutin can have stunning results—and can be used along with hydroquinone products for ultimate complexion improvement.

Important: In order for skin lightening or brightening products to work, applying broad spectrum sun protection 365 days a year is absolutely required. No way around this: If you skip or are inconsistent with this crucial step, the spots and uneven skin tone will not change for the better.

Myth 4: You'll eventually outgrow acne

We wish that were true! Adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s (just ask Paula) can have acne just like teenagers, and the products needed to get it under control remain the same. In fact, the notion of adult acne is more myth than fact because what triggers acne and helps it resolve aren’t dependent on age.

What’s also true: Having clear skin as a teenager isn’t a guarantee that you won't get acne later in life.

Paula’s Choice CLEAR products are non-irritating formulas that were designed based on what published research has shown works best to control acne! Following a consistent routine with products like this can make a beautiful difference at any age.

Myth 5: Makeup causes acne

There’s no research showing makeup causes acne. However, if you’re not removing it correctly and consistently then you’re going to run into problems. When you don’t get all your makeup off at night (or even worse, fall asleep in your makeup) it means the ingredients that can lessen acne won’t get into skin or you won’t be applying them at all.

Check out our CLEAR products but again, they won’t work through makeup. For more on this subject see our article, on Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin.

References for this information:

Experimental Dermatology, October 2014, Supplement 1, pages 7-12
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology,2008, issue 4, pages 191-202
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, issue 3, pages 325-327
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52
Cutis, June 1987, issue 6, pages 512-515


About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!