Dermatologists Reveal the Surprising Secrets You Need to Know

Your skin is important. However, you may not know all the dos and don’ts that come along with having great skin. According to dermatologists, here’s everything you need to know about caring for your skin and looking younger, longer.

Sleeping on your back reduces wrinkles

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Sleeping on your side can increase wrinkles. | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

Sleeping on one side of your face can cause wrinkles. Although it’s comfortable to sleep on your side, try sleeping on your back to avoid “sleep lines.” According to Dermstore, those who have been sleeping on one side of their face for years may notice more wrinkles on that side as they age. Sleeping on one side can also promote unevenness between the two sides of your face, but sleeping on your back will keep your skin less wrinkled and your facial symmetry intact.

Next: Always do this daily — no matter what. 

Billions of bacteria live on your face — which is why you should wash it every night

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Washing your face it vital for good skin. | Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images

You may think that if you didn’t sweat or wear makeup that day, there’s no need to wash your face. But actually, billions of bacteria are on your face every day, and if you don’t wash it before bed, they end up in your pillow. Plus, even more bacteria will be there the following day. Washing your face every day helps prevent the transfer of bacteria from your face to your eyes or mouth, plus it keeps skin clean.

Next: Here’s a secret about Rogaine. 

Women are better off using men’s Rogaine than women’s Rogaine

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Use men’s rogaine. | :Manuel-F-O/Getty Images

If you’ve noticed thinning hair, talk to your dermatologist about using men’s Rogaine instead of the women’s version. Men’s Rogaine is more potent, since men typically bald more, so it tends to work better than women’s Rogaine. According to Reader’s Digest, it contains 5% minoxidil formula, whereas women’s Rogaine only contains 2%. In fact, most dermatologists will suggest men’s Rogaine for any woman who is experiencing hair loss.

Next: You don’t necessarily have to spend more to get more. 

The high-end skincare brands aren’t always better

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An expensive moisturizer isn’t always better. | FotoDuets/Getty Images

If you’re having skin trouble, you don’t necessarily need to spend hundreds of dollars on the most expensive creams. According to Newsweek, most dermatologists would agree that spending $100 on a cream versus $20 likely won’t get you very different results. However, since most companies don’t publish clinical research about their products, it’s impossible to know for sure. But save yourself the money and try the drug store cream first.

Next: This group is the least likely to see a dermatologist — but why?

Young men are the least likely to see a dermatologist

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Young men seem to hate the dermatologist. | bokan76/Getty Images

If you’re a young man, you fall into the category of those who are the least likely to see a dermatologist. It could be because you don’t care about your skin or possibly because you’re embarrassed to have skin problems in general. But don’t worry, plenty of people need to see a dermatologist for one reason or another throughout life. It’s worth it to talk to a doctor rather than try to fix the problem yourself.

Next: This won’t actually hydrate your skin, despite rumors. 

Drinking water won’t actually hydrate your skin

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Water doesn’t help to hydrate your skin. | M-imagephotography/iStock/Getty Images

Believe it or not, there is no solid evidence that drinking a lot of water has benefits for your skin. It’s important to drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated, but hydrated skin comes more from the environment than from drinking water. In humid weather, the skin will be more hydrated. And in dry weather, it will be less hydrated. Plus, dry or hydrated skin also has a lot to do with your genes. Drinking plenty of water can’t hurt, but your skin might not reap the benefits.

Next: This won’t make you look younger. 

Working out won’t make you look younger

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Working out won’t make you look younger. | Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/Getty Images

Working out is great for your body and can definitely help you live longer. But it doesn’t always make you look younger. Actually, people who have more fat around their face tend to have younger looking skin. So if you’re hitting the gym every day to get a younger look, feel free to skip every once in a while. But exercise is still a vital part of living a healthy life, so try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise in weekly.

Next: Spreading infections to unwanted places is easier than you think. 

It’s easy to spread infections ‘down there’

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If you’ve been around a lot of bacteria, wash your hands before using the bathroom. | monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

If you’ve been outside doing yard work all day, you should definitely wash your hands before using the bathroom. Things like poison ivy can easily spread from your hands to other parts of your body, so if you’re around a lot of bacteria or out doing yard work, make sure to wash your hands before using the bathroom. After all, it’s better safe than sorry.

Next: This shaving tip will greatly help your skin. 

Never shave as soon as you get into the shower

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Always get in the shower and wait a while before shaving. | gpointstudio/iStock/Getty Images

You might shave every day and think you’re a pro at it. But one tip you should definitely follow is never to shave as soon as you get in the shower. You’ll get the best shave if you let the heat run over your legs for a while. This opens up the hair follicles and makes shaving much easier. You’ll get a closer shave, and you probably won’t get razor burn this way, either.

Next: Throw this away if you have one. 

Magnifying mirrors are your biggest enemy


Don’t over-analyze your face in a magnifying mirror. | Robertprzybysz/iStock/Getty Images

Magnifying mirrors show every slight imperfection on your face that most people would never notice. Yes, they’re great for grabbing that one stray eyebrow hair, but all they do is remind you of the flaws (which nobody else can even see). Plus, they prompt you to pick and pop at things that aren’t noticeable, which is bad for your skin. Instead, look in a regular mirror in the natural light to find out what areas of your face you want to target to improve.

Next: Never do this more than once per day. 

If your skin feels too clean, it may be too dry

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Washing your face too often isn’t good. | ferlistockphoto/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re washing your skin too often to make it as clean as possible, you may actually just be drying it out. According to Self, washing too often strips your skin of the essential oils it needs. Plus, washing too often can lead to the skin producing even more oil, which is the opposite of what you want. Instead, aim to wash your face once per day and make sure you’re using a face wash that matches your skin type.

Next: Always do this after a workout. 

Use medicated wipes post-workout to keep skin clean

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Use a facial wipe after a workout. | Jacob Ammentorp Lund/

If you don’t plan on showering just after your workout (although you should always try to shower no more than three hours after hitting the gym), cleanse your face with a medicated wipe to prevent breakouts. Sweat brings out a lot of bacteria and bodily fluids, which you don’t need on your face. It can clog your pores and leave you with bad skin, so always wash up right after you exercise.

Next: Too much of this is a bad thing. 

Exfoliating isn’t always a good thing

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Don’t exfoliate too often. | ThomFoto/Getty Images

Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of seriously dead skin cells. But exfoliating too often can be too hard on your skin. It can lead to serious skin irritation and excessive dryness. If you have sensitive skin, only exfoliate once per week to give your skin time to heal between exfoliations. If you have normal skin, you can up it to two or three times per week. But never exfoliate every day.

Next: Never go outside without this. 

Never go outside without sunscreen

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Sunscreen is a must. | RossHelen/Getty Images

Despite what you think, just because you may not burn doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being harmed. The National Weather Service, which runs the heat index (a scale that tells you how strong the sun is), suggests those with fair skin should not spend more than 12 minutes outside without sunscreen in a UX index of 6 or higher. Those with darker skin shouldn’t spend more than 50 minutes unprotected. Your skin is sensitive, and exposing it to too much sunlight can cause serious damage. You’re better off always putting sunscreen on before you go outside, no matter what.

Next: You’ll want to avoid these.

Hot showers are a big no-no for your skin

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Cooler showers are better. | silverjohn/iStock/Getty Images

Yes, hot showers feel amazing. But your skin would disagree. Showering in too-hot water removes the body’s natural oils from the skin, according to Huffington Post. Plus, it brings circulation to the surface of your skin, which can cause redness or rash. Avoid spending too much time in the shower too, since that strips your skin of its natural moisture. Instead, make shower water tepid and shower quickly and efficiently.

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