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The ‘More is Better’ Myth: The dangers of overusing skincare products


Updated on: 05 March,2024 09:20 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Maitrai Agarwal |

With the growing popularity of skincare trends, consumers often try too many products which may end up harming their skin. A dermatologist helps us debunk the myth of using every skincare product at once, outlines their impact on skin health, and bats for personalised skincare solutions

The ‘More is Better’ Myth: The dangers of overusing skincare products

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Key Highlights

  1. The belief that ‘more is better’ in skincare is a fallacy that can have harmful effects
  2. The paradox of skincare is that it has people who don`t care and those who swear by it
  3. The skincare industry often promotes the idea that more products equate to better results

From niacinamide to retinol, skincare trends have captured the imagination of consumers for long. Such is the paradox of skincare, that it splits people into two groups: those who couldn’t care for it, and those who swear by their seven-step routine. When it comes to the latter, what can be deemed as ‘excessive’ skincare use has become an all-too-common practice. While it's easy to get caught up in the plethora of products available on the market, believing that using more is better can be counterproductive. “Skincare enthusiasts often fall prey to the belief that the more products they use, the better their skin will be. However, this notion, popularised by the beauty industry, is a dangerous misconception. Overuse of skincare products can lead to a myriad of negative consequences, from skin irritation to diminished efficacy and wasted resources,” shares Dr Ishmeet Kaur, consultant dermatologist at Dermosphere clinic. 

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