PCA Myths and Misconceptions (regarding skin care)

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PCA Myths and Misconceptions

Myth: Chemical peels & homecare products can be used to lighten freckles

Truth: Freckles that have been present since early childhood are part of your genetic make-up. Most people who have a naturally freckled complexion may try to even the overall tone with frequent UV exposure and tanning. This can lead to additional sun induced freckling and skin discoloration. While chemical peels and cosmeceutical products will correct the freckling from sun damage, freckles that are part of your hereditary background will always resurface.

Myth: Acne is only a problem during adolescence.

Truth: Acne is becoming a more common skin challenge in adults. Adult acne affects more women than men and is often caused by hormone fluctuations and/or stress. Adult acne most commonly affects the lower areas of the face while adolescent acne is more widespread. As skin ages, oil production slows making it critical to choose products to address adult acne that are not too drying. Acne affects each of us differently as we age and should be treated accordingly.

Myth: The light and dark spots that are sometimes present after excessive sun exposure are treatable

Truth: The white areas are called hypopigmentation and, as of now there is no known method to permanently correct this condition. Typically hypopigmentation is accompanied by hyperpigmentation or dark spots that can be treated. Evening the surrounding dark spots will often lessen the appearance of the lighter areas.

Myth: Oily or breakout-prone skin requires multiple cleansings throughout the day and does not need any moisturizer.

Truth: Cleansing the skin more than the recommended twice daily and/or using harsh soaps can actually cause the skin to produce more oil. The skin is programmed to keep itself balanced so when the beneficial natural oils are stripped, its response is to create more oil to compensate. Patients with oilier skin should cleanse with a non-soap cleanser twice a day followed with an antibacterial matte finish hydrator both day and night. The application of the correct moisturizer will also help to regulate the amount of oil produced throughout the day.

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The Functions of Human Skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body. This elastic, protective covering is thinnest on the lips and eyelids and thickest on the palms and soles. Following are the six primary functions of the skin:
Heat regulation – the skin regulates body temperature by sweating, which is the production of moisture by the sweat glands (suderiforous glands). The evaporation of this moisture enables the body to cool itself.
Absorption – the epidermis layer of the skin contains an acid mantle layer which limits the amount of substances entering though the skin that affect the body to a minor degree.
Secretion – the sebaceous glands excrete oil to lubricate and maintain the health of the skin.
Protection – fat cells provide insulation and protection against trauma to the internal organs. The skin also protects itself from the harmful effects of light and acts as a barrier against the invasion of bacteria.
Excretion – perspiration is the process by which the sweat glands excrete waste materials.
Sensation – nerve endings in the skin allow us to feel heat, cold, touch, pleasure, pressure and pain.

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(information provided from PCA website)

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