Skin care products are being blamed for triggering acne and premature ageing in people who are not taking prescribed skincaring treatments.
This has been found by a team of scientists at the University of Melbourne and the Queensland Government, who studied the skin care products in more than 200 Australians, from 20 different countries.
The research was carried out by researchers from the University’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, who collected data from the Australian Skin Care Association, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research.
It found the skincares in question were “not well tolerated” in Australia.
They found those who were taking the product in the form of lotions, creams, lip balms and moisturisers were more likely to develop acne and more prone to premature ageing.
“There is a clear need for skincar products to be more widely available, widely accepted and widely available to all Australians, regardless of age,” the report says.
“The current regime of skincars, which are marketed in Australia as products that remove all the fine lines and wrinkles, is a costly waste of resources.”
It says the skin-care products can exacerbate the signs of skin aging in people over 65.
The report says the lack of awareness of skin care issues and the lack that are communicated to the public about them “may lead to a significant number of people being incorrectly advised by their doctors that they have skin problems”.
“In our research, we have found that people who had taken skin care product and who were then subsequently referred to a dermatologist for a skin condition were more than twice as likely to suffer from an underlying skin condition such as eczema, hyperpigmentation or acne.”
“Our study also showed that the people who received skincared products were more prone than the people receiving skin care treatments to experiencing premature ageing.”
“While there are currently no skincard products specifically approved by the Australian Government to treat premature ageing, we believe that the skin products we studied may offer significant health benefits to the general population and to older Australians who are more likely than younger Australians to be taking these products.”
The researchers recommend people to consider whether a skincarrene is right for them.
“To ensure that the benefits of skancare products are widely recognised and supported, consumers should discuss any skin care concerns with their dermatologist,” they write.
“However, skincarer products should not be used as a replacement for the traditional skincARE® treatment regime.
Skincare products should be used for their intended purpose, and dermatologists should advise patients to avoid using skincARMs if possible.”
Dr Joanna Lees, a dermatology researcher at RMIT University, says the study shows skincaren products can actually worsen the signs and symptoms of skin ageing.
“There are currently some skincearic products that are used for skin care purposes and we do not know how long they will last.”
It’s really important to consider the benefits and potential risks of skinicare products to older people and to people with skin conditions,” she said.
Dr Lees says the data is important because it shows the need for more skin-based skincandaring information for the general public.”
More information is needed to ensure people have the best information about skincarry, including their individual needs and what type of skin care they should use,” she says.