The Problem with the Beauty Counter

Unfortunately the beauty counter in a department store is not a reliable source of skin health information – and nor is the local chemist for that matter. I don’t know how many times I have had patients being advised to use a certain moisturiser at a beauty counter, as their skin was supposedly ‘dehydrated’, but in fact they were suffering with breakouts and that particular cream made the problem worse. There is a lot of misinformation around. Beauty advisers are very good at matching a foundation colour to your skin or help choosing a lipstick colour that suits you, but please leave it at that. For any real skin advice, see a Dermatologist – there is a reason why you have to study more than 10 years in total to become a fully qualified Dermatologist…

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