The medical industry is a business. Not only are we patients, but we’re the dermatologist’s consumers. Which means they make money off our health care decisions. This is one of the reasons why, sometimes, our doctors don’t tell us the cold facts. So it is up to us to keep informed about our skin and make the best decisions, because there are some things our dermatologists just won’t tell us.
“That procedure might not be so amazing.”
Many doctors will exaggerate the benefits of a certain procedure, just to encourage his patients to go ahead and do it. One dermatologist might tell you that you’ll be wrinkle free afterwards when, in truth, the treatment only eliminates 50% of the lines on your face.
A disappointing outcome is entirely his responsibility, in this case, and, if you think your doctor is being a little too optimistic, do some research and ask the right questions on your next meeting with him. Don’t just take their word at face value.
“The products they sell might not be that good.”
It all depends. Some professional creams might be really good, but some might be unsatisfactory. The point is, you can never know if a recommendation is genuine because often doctors get a commission from selling the products to their patients, which makes the whole business trivial. Investigate all you can about the products you were encouraged to buy and, if everything looks good, go ahead. Otherwise, just politely refuse.
“You might get nasty reactions.”
Some invasive procedures like chemical peeling or skin resurfacing may have unpleasant aftereffects. What’s more, they may actually activate the cold-sore virus around the lip area just like stress, low immunity, or sun exposure can.
The best way to get informed is tackling the problem directly. Tell your doctor about your history with cold sores and ask what’s the worse thing that can happen after a procedure. If you ask directly, you’re more likely to get the truth.
“Milk is not good for your skin.”
Although it might have other benefits (which is debatable), milk was shown to over stimulate oil glands which are linked to acne. Apparently, the hormones in dairy products are responsible for this, so if you’re really into milk, just drink less. You can replace it well enough with almond, rice, or soy drinks which can be used for cooking, as well as drinking.
“Drugstore cosmetics aren’t that bad.”
Treatment creams and gels you would find in a drugstore often have the same active ingredients as the more expensive, “professional” cosmetics. Given that brands are not allowed to use too much of one active ingredient in a product because of potential allergic reactions or breakouts, the quantities of beneficial ingredients in Neutrogena and an expensive cream might be more or less the same.
“Drinking water will not make your skin better.”
A good, hydrated skin comes from environment, not from drinking water. If you live in a humid climate, in places like Argentina, Vietnam, or Hawaii, your skin will be plump no matter how much water you drink, while people from arid areas, like the Atacama Desert, are bound to have dry, dehydrated skin, no matter how much they try to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
“Squeaky clean is for dishes, not for faces.”
Any soap or washing gel that makes your skin feel squeaky clean is bad for you, because it removes all the natural moisture from your skin.
Avoid washing your face too much and keep away from regular soaps if you have sensitive skin. Try an all natural face cleanser and refrain from using it too many times per day. You want your skin to be clean, but not overly-so.
“Sleeping without washing is bad for your skin.”
When your face touches the pillow, everything that is stuck to it – dust, germs, basically every single thing that came into contact with your skin – will will be on your visage. Keep your face clean and you won’t have a dirty pillowcase, resulting in break outs.
Dermatologists don’t tell us many things, some because they don’t have enough time to get into everything with us, some because the issue never comes up and, finally, some because they need to earn money off of us. Knowing more about your skin is the first step that prepares you for a doctor-patient meeting with no secrets and no lies.