Dermatologist debunks three skin care myths

When it comes to skin care, not all the popular advice you hear is true.

Dr. Elan Newman, a dermatologist with San Diego’s Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, debunks three myths about skin care.

  1. Coconut oil is NOT good for fungal infections. Dr. Newman says that contrary to many claims, coconut oil actually feeds skin fungus conditions like athlete's foot and tinea versicolor, and will only make these infections worse.
  2. There IS A DIFFERENCE between sunscreens above SPF 30. While the protection is the same at first between SPF 30 and SPF 50, after an hour or so, SPF 30 is mostly finished with its job, while SPF 50 is still working. Regardless of what type of sunscreen you use, Dr. Newman reminds us that “the current recommendation is to reapply any sunscreen every one to two hours.”
  3. Organic and natural products ARE NOT ALWAYS the best for your skin. It’s a common misconception that skin products that claim to contain “natural” and “organic” ingredients are gentler on your skin. But Dr. Newman warns that for people with sensitive skin, these products can be irritating. That’s a good reminder that everybody’s skin is unique, and it is best to talk with your dermatologist for recommendations.

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