Back to blog

Setting the record straight on 4 common skin myths

Setting the record straight on 4 common skin myths

Happy National Healthy Skin Month! November may be dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of skin health, but this is a year-round priority for all of us at SEEN. Our founder, Harvard-trained dermatologist Dr. Iris Rubin, initially set out to create luxury hair-care products that respect the skin, and we have branched out to skincare with our Face Wash and Body Wash that enhance your efforts by further reducing the risk of irritation and clogged pores without disrupting the skin barrier.

Despite an abundance of scientific research that has proven the role that the ingredients in our hair and skincare products play in the overall health of our skin, several long-standing myths refuse to go away. Here, we set the record straight for good.

Myth #1: Acne is caused by dirty skin or bad hygiene
Believe it or not, many people still believe that acne is caused by dirty skin. A look under the microscope would reveal several types of microorganisms and debris on the (including bacteria, dead skin cells and product residue) that are invisible to the naked eye, yet all of us aren’t covered in acne, are we? The truth is, acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged with oil and dead skin cells, which allows C. acnes bacteria to grow and thrive.

Myth #2: You can “wash away” acne”
If you think extra face-washing is the secret for getting rid of acne, guess again. Over-washing will just leave your skin dry, irritated and uncomfortable—and it may actually make acne worse by creating more irritation or inflammation. One way to minimize acne is to use hair and skincare products that have been proven to not clog pores—and that’s exactly what SEEN provides.

Myth #3: Skin conditions like eczema are contagious
There’s nothing farther from the truth. Several factors contribute to skin conditions such as eczema. They include genetics, environmental conditions, external irritants such as harsh skincare ingredients, household cleaning products, and your detergent—as well as hair and skincare products. Chronic skin conditions are not contagious, and one way to help keep them under control is by using non-irritating hair and skincare products. All of SEEN’s fragrance-free hair-care products have received the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Approval™, which means they have been deemed safe for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

Myth #4: You can rely on skincare advice you see on social media
Every time Dr. Rubin scrolls through TikTok, she comes across at least one skincare “hack” that makes her cringe. Putting deodorant all over your face as a makeup primer? Brushing your nose with toothpaste? Contouring with sunscreen? No. No. No. When you are dealing with any skin concern, there is no substitute for one-on-one advice from a dermatologist who has undergone extensive training in the health of the skin and hair.

Fact: Hair and skincare products that have been tested and proven to be non-irritating and non-comedogenic (which means they won’t clog pores) go a long way to help promote the health, comfort, and appearance of your skin. All of SEEN’s products were formulated to do just this, and we have the clinical results to prove that they get the job done.

  • In a dermatologist-graded clinical study of 27 patients with mild to moderate acne, 70% of those with body acne and 52% of those with facial acne saw improvement after using SEEN Shampoo and Conditioner as a regimen for eight weeks.*
  • All final formulations are subjected to 3rd party clinical comedogenicity testing to ensure that they won't clog pores, which can cause breakouts.
  • All of our fragrance-free products have received the NEA Seal of Acceptance™—which means people with sensitive or eczema-prone skin can enjoy SEEN.
  • All final formulations are subjected to 3rd party repeat insult patch testing (RIPT) to ensure they are non-irritating, as well as safety and allergy testing.

When you want gorgeous hair and healthy skin, the solution can be clearly SEEN. Our products have been designed to deliver both along with a luxurious experience—and without making any compromises.

*Rubin IK. Efficacy of a Non-Comedogenic Hair Care Regimen for the Reduction of Mild-to-Moderate Truncal and Facial Acne: A Single-Arm 8-Week Study. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021 Jun 1;20(6):690-693.