June 23, 2021
Taking care of our skin is one of the most important tasks. For years we have resorted to different home treatments that today, thanks to the internet, are available to everyone, presenting themselves as a quick, inexpensive and practically miraculous solution. Dr. María Luisa Téllez, dermatologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, provides us with information on the successes and failures of these treatments.
Sugar or coffee beans serve as exfoliants for the face and body
False. For thin skin this is usually a very aggressive treatment, since they contain irregular particles that can damage the skin
Homemade masks made from yogurt, oatmeal and / or honey are effective in calming and repairing the skin
True. These products are soothing and decongestant, the most effective one is oatmeal. On the other hand, the absorption of nutrients through masks is very low. However, it is important to watch out for allergies and make sure to use natural and processed products.
Ice on the face helps reduce inflammation and obtain a smooth complexion
False. Ice can burn skin. The tensioning effect of cold, due to muscle contraction, is temporary
Baking soda and lemon help to depigment the skin
False. These elements do not have depigmenting effects, on the contrary, they can be more dangerous than beneficial. For example, lemon is photosensitive and can cause the opposite effect by staining the skin.
Aloe vera, turmeric and rice dissipate acne scars
False. Of the three products mentioned, aloe vera is the one with the most healing and reparative effect. However, acne scars are the hardest to repair.
Chamomile alleviates the appearance of dark circles
True. It reduces inflammation and does not produce allergies. Best used as cold compresses.
Olive oil helps to strengthen hair and hydrate the skin of the scalp
True.The extra virgin olive oil has vitamins A and E that help nourish the skin of the scalp, therefore, hydrates the hair and eliminates frizz
Baby oil prevents the appearance of stretch marks
False.Oils are hydrating, but unfortunately by themselves they do not repair stretch marks.
It is very important to always ask a specialist, as he or she can provide you with an adequate customized treatment to obtain safe results without putting your skin at risk.
Dra. María Luisa Téllez
Dermatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma