Our Day with La Roche-Posay: Debunking The Skin Myth Trend
Last week, we took a trip to the L’Oreal HQ (which was STUNNING, by the way) to attend “Be Clear Bootcamp” — a dermatology class put on by La Roche-Posay’s dermatologists.The event was awesome: we learned all about skin and acne from leading dermatologist, Dr. Tamara Lazic, had time to ask all our skin related questions, created serums from scratch (#TBT to 8th grade science class) and shared some of our craziest acne stories.
The acne stories were actually how we started the day … surprisingly a great ice breaker, and made it all the more clear that people (ourselves included!) will do ANYTHING for perfect skin. The purpose of “Be Clear Bootcamp” was to reverse the crazy remedies + trends that are spreading like rapid fire (particularly over social media), and get REAL dermatologist approved advice trending … which is definitely the better option.
Here are some skin truths we NEEDED to share with you all:
Research shows that fat-free and low-fat dairy, as opposed to full fat dairy, can negatively impact the skin for many. So if you’re experiencing skin problems and start your day day with low-fat yogurt, try switching it for one with a higher fat content. This is not to to say that a) research won’t change and b) everyone who eats no-fat or low-fat dairy will break out, but we thought this was an interesting tid-bit. Diet does not affect everyone’s skin the same, so if you love your fat-free yogurt and aren’t experiencing breakouts, don’t sweat it!
We all know how important water is for our health in general, but Dr.Lazic shared that she does not believe there to be a direct correlation between drinking a lot of water and reducing acne. Yes, you should always stay hydrated, but her point was that chugging water in a short time span won’t necessarily help clear up your acne.
Dr. Lazic says that it’s important to exfoliate, but not too often, especially when using harsh tools (ie mechanic face brushes). Try to limit this to once a week, as it could actually irritate your skin and make acne worse if you’re doing it too often. Lesson: exfoliate with caution!
Less is more. If we listened to everyone’s advice, our skin care routine would probably not all fit into one day. The fewer chemicals and products you can put on your skin, the better. Dr. Lazic spoke a lot about the trend of ‘all natural’ products, and said that while all natural products are absolutely best, not everything that’s ‘all natural’ is great for the skin, or won’t cause an adverse reaction. She gave the example of poison ivy that really stuck with us … this is technically all natural, but think about what it does to your skin!
Re: The Sun
We’ve all heard at one point or another that the sun “dries” out pimples, but Dr. Lazic explained that while it may temporarily dry acne out, it can actually worsen it a few days later, and even leave scarring. If you have acne prone skin, you are much better off using a sunscreen. They sent us home with the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, and we’re so excited to try it out!
Re: Coconut Oil
Again, this is different for everyone based on your own unique skin type, but Dr. Lazic Coconut oil may clog your pores and cause breakouts if you have sensitive/acne prone skin. She recommended using it on the face more for people whose skin isn’t super reactive, but did say that most people should be able to use it on the body as a moisturizer.
Re: Sweating It Out
Sweating is so. good. for. you. … but DON’T leave the sweat on your skin for too long! Dr.Lazic’s suggestion? La Roche Posay face wipes, which you should use to cleanse and remove bacteria from the face right after your workout. Do not use harsh alcohol wipes!
Re: Pore Size
While a LOT of products claim to shrink your pores, you cannot “shrink” pore size from products. What you can and should do, however, is use products that “minimize the appearance” by cleaning them out. Just a little warning about false advertising here!
Re: Acne Scars
There are many different types of acne scars, which require different types of treatment. Ones that are more concave need to be filled with filler or treated by laser, and more raised scars are typically treated from cortisone injections. Lesson: treat every scar differently!
Re: Cortisone Injections
You should only get cortisone injections only in emergency situations (aka a massive pimple and you have a wedding the next day). This is because cortisone can really thin out the skin. These should not be used every time you get a pimple!
Re: Nose Strips
Are nose strips effective? Not really. (TBH, they seem kind of 2005 now anyway). For the most part, these strips actually just remove discoloration, but do not actually clean your pores. It’s better to go to your dermatologist and get regular facials by a professional. Your skin is WORTH it!
Hopefully these tips are helpful, and save you some time, money, and/or debunk some of the myths you’ve heard … our purpose here is to spread skin truths!
What’s the craziest skin care remedy you’ve ever tried? Let us know!