Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the human body? Few of us can boast of flawless skin. For those of us who deal with breakouts, acne, sensitive skin, moles, or other issues, dermatologists have some great advice. Let’s take a look at what they think we need to stop doing.

Stop Using Alcohol On The Face

Many teens use regular rubbing alcohol to treat pimples or blemishes, but dermatologists warn it’s not the right thing to do. Alcohol simply dries out the skin and increases irritation. Yes, it’s cheap and easily available, but there are many other products that are not expensive and do a much better job on your skin.

Stop Wearing Makeup To An Exam

We all want to present our most attractive face to the world, but if a patient comes in wearing full face makeup it’s impossible for the dermatologist to see what’s going on with the skin. Makeup is designed to cover up flaws. Those flaws have to be viewed by the doctor or they cannot be corrected, obviously. Nail polish, hair extensions, and tattoos can also make the exam harder for the dermatologist.

Stop Using Tanning Beds

Tanning beds are a terrible idea for anyone who is trying to preserve soft, unlined, youthful skin. The UV rays emitted by a tanning machine may give you that bronzed glow, but they also have very negative effects on your skin. Tanning beds always cause skin damage that they actually make you look older, as well as increasing the risks of melanoma.

Stop Going Out Without Sunscreen

Many patients report to dermatologists that they don’t use sunscreen because they are never outside. In actuality, the sun’s rays can cause damage to your skin even if your exposure is only a few minutes per day. Cloudy weather doesn’t exempt one from the need for sunscreen either. For complete protection, wear broad-spectrum UVB sunscreen.

Stop Ignoring Your Overall Health

Dermatologists see a lot of patients who ignore their overall health, which of course affects the skin as well. Smoking, drinking alcohol, staying out in the sun too much – all negatively impact our skin, and our overall health. Even not getting enough sleep and not drinking enough water will affect the appearance of your skin. Conversely, many dermatologists can observe a patient’s skin and diagnose issues like thyroid issues, diabetes, and lupus.