Advice about skincare is a plenty.  We’ve all grown up hearing old wives tales for healthier skin, read about the do’s and don’ts for a youthful glow and watched celebrities spill to E! their secrets to a flawless complexion. But with so many varying opinions and how-to’s floating around, which are you to believe?

We asked Stanley Kovak, MD, of Kovak Dermatology and Laser Institute to help us out! Here he shares the worst skin advice you SHOULD NEVER listen to:

Tanning clears up acne.  While tanning can briefly hide the visible irritation of acne, it, in fact, can worsen acne as it leads ultimately to dry skin, which promotes more oil production. Tanning also fosters sweating, which can lead to clogged pores and can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin, which can make pre-existing scars appear even darker.

I use a high SPF so I’m good for a day at the beach.  “A person tends to put on a limited quantity of sun block compared to what is recommended,” Dr. Kovak says. This means that when a person uses a sun block with 80 SPF, he or she is essentially putting on an equivalent amount that equals something like a 20 SPF. That one time application does not last the entire day, but is only good for a few hours. In other words, there is no such thing as too much sunscreen: apply, reapply, repeat.

I am acne-prone so I don’t need a moisturizer.  If you are acne-prone, it is best to use non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores.  The truth is that dry skin ultimately causes inflammation and increased oil production, which can lead to more acne. Hydrated skin is essential to controlling acne and keeping a fresh, radiant complexion.

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