6 Skincare Trends that Derma Twitter Debunked
The rules of skincare can be confusing. Since we can't all afford to drop a visit at a dermatologist whom we can ask all our skin-related questions to when we need it, it's easy to fall onto the skincare traps we read online. If it worked for their skin, then there's no harm in joining the bandwagon, right?
However, just because it didn't cause any bad breakouts, it doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. Thanks to @thenerdyderma, @ayabellsmd, and @theskinsensei A.K.A. the best of #DermaTwitter, we have received free advice if the skincare trend we're following is helpful or they're the reason why our skin is suffering. Here are six trends that these skincare heroes debunked for us.
1. Apple cider vinegar can cure pimples.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner became viral on the internet especially among beauty vloggers. While it did "cure" other people's pimples, it's actually not good for your face! According to @theskinsesei, Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of acid, so rather than clearing your skin, it will burn and irritate it more. And the more you irritate your skin, the more pimples will come out!
Marami ngayon ang gumagamit ng apple cider vinegar dahil gamot daw ito sa iba't ibang uri ng sakit sa balat, lalo na ang tigyawat. How true?
NO. Hindi okay and APPLE CIDER VINEGAR para sa pimples. pic.twitter.com/vgRUmQb3vy
— Dr. Winlove Mojica (@theskinsensei) April 9, 2019
2. Use rollers as a form of face-lift.
Beauty junkies have been raving about rollers, so no matter how expensive they are, we considered them as holy-grail skincare items. But @thenerdydrama shares that this does not do anything on our face because our pores do not open nor close, and you can only block it temporarily with primers or make it smaller with chemical peels and laser treatments. No matter how you much you massage your face with it, your pores aren't going to magically "close." Yup, rollers feel nice on your skin, but that's about it.
Big, fat NOPE. No amount of rolling will lift jowls. https://t.co/BLDcBLWsey
— The Nerdy Derma (@thenerdyderma) January 23, 2020
3. Sunscreens aren't necessary in your trendy skincare routine.
We cannot stress the importance of sunscreens enough, but it seems like there are still people who don't think that it's necessary to add in their skincare routine because they don't see what it does for their skin. Thankfully, @ayabellsmd has explained how UV rays from the sun can affect our skin in the long run. Wear sunscreen wherever you are, even if you're just sitting in front of your computer to protect you from UVB and UVA.
Was waiting for summer to post this topic, pero sinimulan ko na kagabi 🤣 so here it goes, basics of sunscreen!
I wear sunscreen inside and outside the house. Why? Because it protects me from the sun’s burn (UVB) and future wrinkles and dark spots (UVA). pic.twitter.com/OnRhm5Mbgp
— Aya, MD (@ayabellsmd) January 25, 2020
4. Follow the 10-step Korean skincare routine.
While we all raved and got into the K-beauty trend that involved a multi-step skincare routine, #DermaTwitter says that it is unrealistic. According to @theskinsensei, the more products you put on your face, the less likely your skin will absorb them. Applying cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen is already enough to achieve the skin of your dreams.
It's unrealistic. I think it's being promoted to promote their products.
I'm a firm believer of less is more. The lesser steps, the easier to follow. https://t.co/1Mg3AL6oeE
— Dr. Winlove Mojica (@theskinsensei) January 6, 2020
5. Moisturizers are only for people with dry skin.
Whether you have dry, combination, or oily skin, it is a must to moisturize. When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes more prone to acne. @thenerdyderma says that even the areas of your skin that are oily need moisture and hydration. Now, go ahead, and lather your entire face with some TLC!
Unhydrated skin is rough like dried leaves. Adding moisturizer makes the skin cells hydrated, have a smooth texture, and also leads to a dewy appearance.
🔑 find a moisturizer w/c has a light formulation so hindi heavy gamitin
— The Nerdy Derma (@thenerdyderma) January 6, 2020
6. Glass skin is the ultimate skincare goal.
Another fad that we got from K-beauty is the "glass skin" trend, which entails a dewy, almost transparent complexion. But @theskinsensei shared that there's no such thing as glass skin; it all just comes down to makeup, specifically pearlized highlighters. So, no, you can't achieve your favorite unnie's glow by hoarding more skincare products from SoKor. Sorry, sis!
A lot of Koreans have clear skin but the "GLASS SKIN" is JUST MAKE UP. It's pearlized HIGHLIGHTER applied on really smooth skin.
Let's be truthful and enjoy science-based skin care together this coming 2020.
— Dr. Winlove Mojica (@theskinsensei) December 31, 2019
While we cannot stop you from following these skincare trends if they worked well for you, we do hope that you take this as guidance (or perhaps a warning) to make better decisions next time a new skincare trend comes along. Your skin deserves to be cherished, so please make sure that you take a lot of time researching the products you put on your face, so you can benefit from it in the long run! Glow, girl!