Why Do Most Skincare Products Only Treat Symptoms?

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Millions of people use skincare products as part of their daily routine. Some people use Ayurvedic products for glowing skin while others use practical treatments for eczema, dandruff, dry skin, and psoriasis.

In the United States, skin issues are prevalent. Allure.com explains that a report determined more than 85 million people in the United States are affected by skin diseases. Those diseases include acne, inflammation, infection, dermatitis, psoriasis, hives, and even skin cancer. Another report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that more than 50% of Americans over the age of 65 have two skin diseases.

With so many people suffering from skin ailments, it’s no wonder the skincare industry comes out with new products that allegedly treat these issues. Although new skincare products hit the shelves frequently, they’re not always the best solution. Most skincare products only treat symptoms, and perpetuate a long-term reliance on the product to the point where if a consumer stops using the product, the symptoms quickly return.

Sometimes consumers don’t know their skin issues can be resolved at the root. Worse, consumers have been told many lies over the years that keep them looking in the wrong area.

For instance, cosmetic companies began brainwashing people in the 1950s and 1960s with lies that skin dries with age. This lie – still believed today – prevents people from realizing the true cause of dry skin: using chemical-filled, harsh, skin-aggravating ingredients for too many years.

Most skincare products don’t address root issues

Unfortunately, many skincare products relieve specific symptoms, but don’t come close to resolving the root problem. For example, a skincare product that relieves itching won’t necessarily address the root of the itching. Itchy skin can be caused by a variety of factors and if the root is never addressed, the itching won’t go away.

Treating symptoms produces long-term profits

It might seem like all skincare companies are in business to help people take care of their skin, but there’s a game going on behind the scenes. The game is to generate as much profit as possible. Treating only symptoms provides long-term profit. Skincare companies that are only interested in profits know that addressing symptoms will provide just enough relief to consumers to keep them buying the product. For many consumers, even partial relief is better than nothing.

The good news is many of these issues can be reversed with the right skincare products. The hurdle is making consumers aware of their options, helping them identify the cause of their condition, and then helping them choose the right product.

Skincare products aren’t a one-size-fits-all

 Even though two people might present symptoms of dry skin, they can have entirely different causes. One person might have dry skin because it’s their skin type. The other person might have dry skin because they’re actually dehydrated. Dehydrated skin is a condition and is generally treated differently than dry skin.

For instance, dehydrated skin is often treated with a hyaluronic acid-based serum containing a moisturizer. Dry skin can also be treated with hyaluronic acid. However, as a skin type, someone with dry skin will need to take extra steps to maintain their skin’s moisture on a regular basis.

Do you suffer from skin problems?

If you’re one of millions of people suffering from skin problems, it’s time to rethink skincare. Most commercial products use clever advertising campaigns to convince you their product will be the last product you’ll ever need to use. Unfortunately, those claims usually turn out to be false. The truth is, you need a customized product designed specifically for your skin type and skin condition in order to experience true relief at the root.

If the products you’re using contain harsh chemicals and ingredients that irritate your skin, consider switching to a brand that uses natural, gentle ingredients. Your skin is technically your body’s largest organ, despite being on the outside.

If you’ve been using a product that doesn’t seem to be resolving the root issue or that doesn’t reduce your symptoms as much as you’d like, see a dermatologist to find out what’s going on. You might be treating symptoms for the wrong skin condition, and a dermatologist can recommend a better product to suit your skin’s unique needs.

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