4 Common Myths about Your Skin Debunked

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While there is a wealth of information online about caring for your skin, the viral nature of social media can sometimes perpetuate common myths that simply aren’t true. To get the facts straight once and for all, we are debunking some of the most common skincare myths we still hear and sharing the true story behind them.

Myth 1: Tanning Cures Stretch Marks

Truth: Tanning cannot get rid of stretch marks. In fact, because stretch marks are a type of scar tissue and therefore don’t tan, tanning can actually make stretch marks stand out even more. However, stretch marks can be treated with laser devices, microneedling, and, in some cases, topical medication.

Myth 2: Getting a “Base” Tan Protects Against Sun Damage

Truth: Any amount of tanning is already a sign of sun damage, and getting a darker color won’t keep your skin from burning or sustaining additional damage from the sun. Laser treatments can improve signs of existing sun damage, but wear daily sunscreen and avoid deliberate tanning to keep your skin healthy. 

Myth 3: Crossing Your Legs Causes Varicose Veins

Truth: Varicose veins can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, age, obesity, and pregnancy, but crossing your legs is not a risk factor. If you are bothered by the appearance of varicose veins, laser treatments may be able to help.

Myth 4: Waxing Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thinner

Truth: Waxing removes your hair from the follicle and may reduce the volume of hair that grows back at any given time, but it does not change the thickness or texture of your hair. For a more permanent hair removal solution, consider laser hair removal treatments.

If you’re looking for a realistic solution to any of these common skin concerns, call our Tampa office at 813-877-8067 or request a consultation online to discuss your specific goals.