Australia dermatologist reveals which skincare trends are myths and which actually work

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Dermatologist busts the most popular TikTok skincare myths – and it’s bad news if you’re a fan of DIY masks or lymphatic face massages

  • An Australian dermatologist has debunked some common skincare trends
  • Dr Ryan De Cruz revealed which trends work and which leave out of your routine
  • He said lymphatic face massages have no benefits for those with normal skin
  • The skin doctor gave his tick of approval to ice face massages and ‘slugging’ 
  • He said you can washing your face in the shower is fine with warm temperatures

A top Australian dermatologist revealed which popular TikTok ‘skincare trends’ are myths and named those that actually work. 

Dr Ryan De Cruz, from Melbourne, who has worked with leading skincare brand CeraVe, has debunked some common skincare misconceptions and shared which trends are dermatologist approved. 

The skin doctor said you can wash your face in the shower with the right temperature, not to bother DIYing your face masks, and gave the tick of approval to ‘slugging’ and ice massages.  

Dr Ryan De Cruz (pictured), from Melbourne, who has worked with leading skincare brand CeraVe, has debunked some common skincare myths and share which trends are dermatologist approved

Dr Ryan De Cruz (pictured), from Melbourne, who has worked with leading skincare brand CeraVe, has debunked some common skincare myths and share which trends are dermatologist approved

❌LYMPHATIC FACE MASSAGES: MYTH 

Lymphatic face massages have been all the rage recently but Dr. De Crus said they have no proven benefits. 

‘Lymphatic massage has been shown for a long time to be helpful for when you have problems with your lymphoid (limbs or facial swelling) but when you don’t have that problem, there’s no evidence lymphatic massaging has any real benefits,’ he said. 

Lymphatic face massages have been all the rage recently but Dr. De Crus said they have no proven benefits

Lymphatic face massages have been all the rage recently but Dr. De Crus said they have no proven benefits

✅ICE MASSAGES: DERM-APPROVED 

Dr. De Cruz is all for massaging your face with ice but said it doesn’t have as many benefits as some claim. 

Dr. De Cruz is all for massaging your face with ice but said it doesn't have as many benefits as some claim

Dr. De Cruz is all for massaging your face with ice but said it doesn’t have as many benefits as some claim

‘It does shrink pore sizes and reduce swelling, and we do know cold temperatures shrink pores and reduce swelling, but the claims around helping anti-ageing… definitely not!,’ he said.   

❌DIY FACE MASKS: MYTH 

Dr. De Cruz recommends consuming skin-friendly foods rather than slathering them on your face and said some ingredients like citrus fruits, can actually damage the skin.  

‘When you consume these remedies – turmeric, eggs, bananas, oranges, lemons – there’s evidence they’re good, as they’re high in antioxidants and naturally anti-inflammatory, but I don’t advocate putting these on your face,’ he said. 

‘You can actually cause damage to the skin by using harsh stringent ingredients.’ 

‘Ascorbic acids like lemons and oranges, or vitamin C, is thought to be beneficial but you can cause harm if you apply them directly on sensitive skin or skin prone to acne breakouts.’

Dr. De Cruz recommends consuming skin-friendly foods rather than slathering them on your face and said some ingredients like citrus fruits, can actually damage the skin

Dr. De Cruz recommends consuming skin-friendly foods rather than slathering them on your face and said some ingredients like citrus fruits, can actually damage the skin

✅SLUGGING: DERM APPROVED

Slugging is a skincare practice originating in Korea that involves coating the face in petroleum jelly to relive dry skin and provide moisture. 

‘It’s not necessary to use thick petroleum jelly-based products – you can use a good Ceramides-based cream, which will do something similar, if not more, as you’re actually re-hydrating the skin and allowing the skin to breathe rather than trapping in water,’ Dr. De Cruz said.   

❌AVOID WASHING YOUR FACE IN THE SHOWER: MYTH 

Many skincare experts have warned against washing your face in the shower as hot can water dry your skin however Dr. De Cruz said it’s fine if the water isn’t scorching. 

‘Water in the shower is really the same from your tap. It’s more about using the right temperature and considering the length of time in the shower,’ he said. 

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