I have been very into skin care since I was 11 and realized I got more freckles in the summer than in the winter, which meant I was getting skin damage. Yep, I’m fun! I’ve heard just about every bit of skin care advice out there and so much of it is terrible. Don’t listen to randos on the internet, listen to me. You know my advice is good because I write for Smosh, the #1 most trusted dermatological website on the internet. Here are eight pieces of skin care advice that are total bullsh*t.
1. Don’t pop your pimples
Dermatologists advise acne sufferers not to pop their pimples because they can get infected, but who the hell can live like that?! That just isn’t reasonable advice. Nobody can walk around with a bunch of nasty whiteheads on their face. Yuck. While you still have to be careful popping your pimples (don’t push too hard or you can mess your skin up) you gotta live in the real world here, people.
2. Stop eating chocolate
There’s a longstanding myth that oily food like chocolate gives you acne, but there just isn’t any scientific evidence to back it up. You already have pimples, so don’t make yourself more miserable by giving up chocolate, too.
3. Go tanning to clear up your skin
NO. NO NO NO NO. First of all, your tan may cover up the redness of your acne for a little bit, but it will probably make it worse by drying out your skin (which will make it more irritated, and prone to overproduce oil to compensate). But even if it did help, tanning murders your skin in the long run. And honestly, that long run isn’t even that long. If you tan regularly in your teens, by the time you’re 26 you will look sh*tty and old. You don’t want that.
4. Getting a base tan will keep you from burning
No it will not. A base tan has an SPF of about 4. Sunscreen, on the other hand, can be much higher! You probably know that already! Would you put on SPF 4 sunscreen and go outside thinking you were invincible to burning? I hope not. This also goes for people whose natural melanin gives them a base tan from birth — yep, they still need sunscreen too.
5. Put toothpaste on a pimple
Putting toothpaste on a pimple may dry it out a little bit, but it can also irritate your skin and won’t really do anything to heal the zit. Just get some benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid spot cream.
6. Don’t worry about taking care of your skin, you’re young!
The younger you start taking care of your skin, the better it will look for the rest of your life. Get started today, baby!
7. If you use a higher SPF, you don’t have to reapply
I’ve definitely met people who think if you just slap on SPF 100 in the morning, you’ll be good to go all day. Not true! All sunscreen needs to be reapplied after two hours of sun exposure. In fact, you’re almost certainly aren’t putting on enough sunscreen — you’re supposed to put a shotglass-sized amount of sunscreen all over your body, which is a lot — so go ahead and pick the highest SPF anyway and then reapply every two hours in the sun or after swimming and sweating.
8. If you have acne, wash your face more!
People who don’t deal with acne will often tell acne sufferers to just wash their face more often. These people are Satan. Don’t listen to them. They are trying to ruin you. Washing your face too much can actually cause your face to go into overdrive and produce even more oil. Keep it to twice a day, morning and night, using a gentle cleanser that won’t strip all the natural oils out of your skin.
Have you ever gotten any bullsh*t skin care advice? Tweet at me and let me know @erikaheidewald!