Things Your Dermatologist Never Told You

When it comes to taking care of your skin, your top source for information would be your dermatologist. But there are some things about your skin that have been believed to be as fact but that is actually false. It might be something that your dermatologist never told you. Here are some of the widely known myths about skin that your dermatologist never told you about.

Chocolate causes acne.

You may have been led to believe that chocolate may have been the reason why you are having acne attacks. But studies show that there is no known connection between food and acne. People believe that grease from foods somehow clog the pores that get secreted into the skin. But the fact is, acne is caused by the pores getting clogged by the skin cells and bacteria. It is the hormones and the other bioactive molecules that may stimulate the glands to cause acne.

Flat moles don’t lead to skin cancer.

People often believe that if a mole or spot is raised that it may carry the risk of developing into skin cancer. For some reason the public tends to also ignore flat lesions. Unfortunately, not all skin cancers are flat. But that does not mean that it may not be a skin cancer risk. Look for the "ABCD" of skin cancer to identify the risks.  Look for skin lesions that are "Asymmetrical" (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other half), have an irregular "Border" or irregular "Color", and the "Diameter"  being greater than the size of a pencil eraser.

Open wounds heal faster.

Everyone tries to cover a wound immediately with a Band-Aid. But after a day or two, most will try to uncover it and let it dry out, thinking that it will heal faster. But recent studies have shown that wound healing is more effective in a moist environment. When you have a wound, apply an antibiotic ointment and keep it covered with Band-Aid until it is completely healed.

Vitamin E helps heal wounds.

People think that because vitamin E is considered a skin vitamin that it may aid in healing wounds. True, vitamin E may help the skin by preventing oxidative damage to it. But so far, there has been no studies to show that it may actually help in healing the skin. There are some studies though that show vitamin E actually can slow down the healing process.