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3 Bits of Overblown Skin Care Advice

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Lots of tips float around the Internet and via word-of-mouth, some of them plain old falsehoods and other ones overhyped. Our focus with this piece are the overhyped skin care tips that are given way too much weight by way too many people.

1) Use Cellulite Creams
They are hyped everywhere and as much as all of us would like to believe that they do, they don’t. Time and again, dermatologists have been interviewed over and over about this, and they always give the same answer: cellulite creams don’t work. The pockets of dimpled fat that create cellulite cannot be reached by creams—and there still hasn’t been a cream invented that can melt away body fat. If there were, we all would know about. Some potentially promising treatments with light-emitting diodes may help with cellulite, but there’s nothing really out there that can get rid of it just yet.

2) Use Pore Strips for Blackheads
Again, the consensus among dermatologists is that these don’t work. At all. Period. The basic issue is that blackheads are caused when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in the skin. The clog is deep and the strips can’t touch it, so they don’t do anything except make you wallet lighter.

3) Moisturizers Don’t Work for Some People’s Skin
Some people actually believe—and have told their dermatologists—that moisturizers won’t work for their skin type. They believe their skin will be dry no matter what. This is incorrect, according to skin care researchers from Adore Organic Innovation. But the solution is simple: exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells, then moisturize so the substances can reach your skin.

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