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7 things you think are good for your skin but actually aren't

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 14 Aug 2018

The skin is the largest and arguably the most important organ in the human body. It keeps our internal organs safe from the extremities of the outside world, along with many other functions. While some skin requires more care than others, like those with certain conditions such as eczema or acne, all skin deserves to be cared for in the best way possible, no matter how flawless. Here are some things that you thought were good for your skin but actually arent.Spending time in the sun.The sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Having a tan can make you feel more confident, but sun exposure can be detrimental to the skin. In addition to sunburns and dehydration, exposure to the sun can cause sun rashes, and even farther down the road, skin cancer. SPF sunscreens can protect your skin from the suns harmful rays, so make sure to lather up at least 15 minutes before you take part in outdoor activities or hit the beach. Popping pimples because they are "ready."Popping pimples can have consequences. No one ever wants to see a pimple on their face, but think before you poke and prod at that blemish. Just because it looks poppable, doesnt mean you should touch it.Although it may seem like a good idea to extract or drain the contents of a pimple, doing so can leave scarring or cause the spread of bacteria leading to more breakouts. If you just can't leave it alone, make sure it's a least poppable before you start picking.Exfoliating dry, flaky skin.Regular exfoliation is great for the skin, but when it gets flaky, its best to lay off the scrubs. Dryness and scales are some things you would want to buff away, although its best to focus on hydration when the skin has reached this point. "Though exfoliating will slough away loose patches on the spot, that rough treatment can actually disrupt the barrier that balances moisture in the skin," dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, told WebMD. Focus on hydrating the skin with proper moisturizers and save the buffing for supple skin.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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