While the golden rules of skincare seem fairly simple (wash your face, wear sunscreen, and drink plenty of water), the sheer amount of skincare products, conflicting information, and beauty trends out there leave plenty of room for error. And no one can speak to those mistakes with more accuracy than a dermatologist. Enter Rosemarie Ingleton, MD, a board-certified dermatologist who recently opened up to Self about the skincare mistakes she'd like to see less often in her office. Below, read up on the common errors she sees most women make (and what to do instead):
Switching products constantly: "Once you find something that works for you—stick with it!" she told the magazine. Since most products take a few months to make a noticeable difference, constant product-hopping will ensure that you don't enjoy any of the benefits. Plus, you never know how your skin will react to different ingredients; it's best to stick to what you know and refrain from buying into trends.
Trying to self-diagnose on the internet: WebMD has an entire section devoted to skincare (that you shouldn't consult). "Step away from your search engine and make time to see an expert in person," Self writes. As with many medical conditions, skin issues can have a lot of the same symptoms and therefore require a professionally trained eye to correctly diagnose. You could even end up trying to treat a condition you don't have (leaving time for your actual condition to worsen).
Head over to Self for more from Ingleton, and add your two cents in the comments below.