It's your lucky day because we've got a ton of helpful skincare advice from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Coreen Sampedro. She was a guest derm at Physiogel's Facebook Live Session, which was hosted by Bianca Valerio.
Dr. Coreen debunked common skincare myths and answered the most ~*pressing*~ questions. From controversial moisturizer misconceptions to the *real* definition of healthy skin, she's got you covered.
Read on and take notes!
FALSE: Moisturizers cause acne.
Dr. Coreen said that this statement is false but also can be somewhat true. "Using the right moisturizer for your skin type and in just the right amount will never cause acne. However, when you over-moisturize so much... if it's too much then it can actually cause formation."
She also added that there are certain moisturizers with ingredients that cause acne cosmetica. She elaborated that fragrances and "sparkles" may cause acne in some patients.
FALSE: Oily skin doesn't need moisturizer.
Dr. Coreen explained very well how oily skin can benefit from using a moisturizer: "Oily skin is different from hydrated skin. Oil and water are different. So, if you have hydrated skin this means that there's water in your skin cells. It's hydrated; it's plump. However, if you have oily skin, what this means is there's an oily film that protects that water from evaporating. You can have oily skin BUT dehydrated skin. Moisturizers can still be a good addition to your skincare regimen, even if you have oily skin."
She clarified that the most basic benefit a moisturizer could give is that it can hydrate the skin cells. "It gives it water to keep it [looking] plump and youthful. Using a moisturizer also promotes good skin turnover—this results in smoother skin," she said. Good skin turnover means there are no dead skin cells and debris sitting on the surface of the skin that can stop your complexion from ~glowing~. Another plus? A moisturizer adds a layer of skin barrier protection from environmental aggressors like pollution.
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What is healthy skin, like really?
Remember that tight feeling you experience after washing your face? Well, Dr. Coreen says that's actually not good. The product you used has stripped off all your skin's natural moisture. It could also mean that you have a dry skin type and you need to "replenish the moisture with a moisturizer."
Dr. Coreen emphasized that healthy skin doesn't need to be perfect: "When you touch it, it's smooth. Also, it's radiant—it can reflect light nicely." She also dropped that healthy skin is when the complexion looks bouncy and glowing.
When is the best time to seek medical advice from a dermatologist?
Anytime is a good time, according to Dr. Coreen. But, she does understand that Filipinos love to experiment and save money from doing derm consultations. "It's okay to try available products in the market." Dr. Coreen said that there are a lot of good products that can address skin issues, but if the condition isn't getting any better, it's time to seek medical advice.