So this is the first book I have read this year and it’s called DERMAMYTH by Chesahna Kindred MD, MBA, FAAD. She is a board certified Dermatologist (a Skin doctor). I won this book back in December in a Giveaway, at a online hair webinar organised by CARING FOR HAIR. Learning more and understand natural hair issues and what causes them. CARING FOR HAIR is the business brand name for Lorna Jones, who is a Qualified and Certified Trichologist (a person who studies hair), book author ‘If Only Hair Could Talk’ and Public speaker sharing her expert hair knowledge. And has been holding many online hair webinars on Zoom on many hair topics and hair problems with other fellow hair experts since the first lockdown in 2020. She even gave me advice when I had was experiencing issues with my egdes back in the summer of 2020.
DERMAMYTH is a book that debunks over 50 myths that people believe are good practices for skin and hair. Much of what I read, I was very shocked and surprised about. Thinking did or do people really do this and think it was good practices. It was a very insightful and informative read indeed and I learnt so much.
If you have been following my blogging journey since last year, then you may have heard me say many times “I’m not a big book reader” but I’m making a effort in 2021 to work my brain and read more books this year, especially books that fall into my niche and interests.
So let’s get into a few myths in the post.
ONLY TEENS EXPERIENCE ACNE – MYTH
I have experienced many acne issues after my teens stages, in my adult life. I’m in my late 30s now, there was a time last year and few years ago when I was thinking that ” I’m a teenager”. The way how I was getting so many spots everyday on my face, not sure what was going on. But for the past couple of months I don’t seem to be getting much spots/acne on my face like before. FACT – some women experience acne more in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond. And Chesahna goes on to say that Acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance from testostrone and some effects from this can include facial hair, hair loss, and oily skin. And skin Acne can leave dark spots and scarring. If you’re experiencing severe acne, it’s best to see a qualified Dermatologist.
VITAMIN D – MYTH
Does more sun exposure increase the vitamin D levels? Yes, but be careful and always wear the correct Sun protection. You really don’t want to be out in the Sun for long periods of time without added Sun protection, increasing your risks of getting skin cancer. You can also get vitamin D, from eating vitamin D rich foods or supplements such as Cod Liver oil (capsules or liquid form), oily fish, Liver, egg yokes, and fortified vitamins cereals.
COCONUT OIL – MYTH
Coconut oil is a good sunscreen? NO, I really couldn’t believe that some people thought that Coconut oil was good to use as a sunscreen. And with no scientifically evidence to prove this is correct or good to use on the skin for this purpose. Anyways remember to use the correct sun protection skin products on your skin. And seek professional advice if needed.
SUN PROTECTION – MYTH
I’m guilty of this one, thinking that I didn’t need to use sun protection on cloudy days. Thinking it was not necessary as the Sun was not out properly and behind the clouds, so the Sun rays would not be strong to need Sun protection. And their has been many cloudy days in London of lately. But it’s important to wear Sun protection on cloudy days too. And I’m using a skincare product on my face that has sun protection in it.
BANANA – MYTH
I was very shocked to read this one, that some people actually used Banana peels to cure warts. It doesn’t work. Chesahna recommended that you should only use products that are specific for wart treatments.
MAKEUP – MYTH
This one is interesting and would be good for makeup lovers out there. Many people say that wearing makeup ages your skin. It’s not true. But as Chesahna advises remember to cleanse your skin thoroughly each day you apply makeup to your face. And a added plus, some makeup products actually have Sun protection and anti-oxidants in them, which are good and beneficial for the skin.
URINE – MYTH
Yes, you have read it correctly Urine, and the term when used on the skin for skin conditions or remedies is called Urotherapy. Don’t do it !!!!!!!!! It doesn’t help with anti-aging. And don’t drink Urine, you have been warned.
SHAVING HAIR – MYTH
Ok I have heard talks about this one, but have not shaved my hair off to know if it’s true or not. Chesahna confirmed that by shaving your hair it doesn’t grow back thicker. And a natural hair Facebook group I’m an admin in, I have seen people asking for advice because their hair was not growing properly after shaving their hair. So people don’t believe the hype.
Their are many hair myths in this book, which I didn’t want to divulge into too much.
If just reading these myths have shocked you, and leaving you wanting more. I would suggest you purchase the DERMAMYTH book, to find out about all the other skin and hair myths. It’s available on Amazon.
DERMAMYTH BOOK ON AMAZON LINK https://amzn.to/37PtGd8
IF ONLY HAIR COULD TALK BOOK ON AMAZON https://amzn.to/2Peukua
Dr CHESAHNA KINDRED ON INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/kindrederm
CARING FOR HAIR WEBSITE www.caringforhair.org
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