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The Rise Of Dermorexia

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The Rise Of Dermorexia

Many of us are waging an endless war for perfect skin — and the latest to join are girls barely old enough for pimples. Beauty reporter Jessica DeFino wonders if the widespread skincare obsession should be called "dermorexia" because the societal pressure to have ageless skin is affecting our health and well-being. 

How did skincare get so complicated?

Women have cultivated skincare for centuries. But what they didn't have back then were many of the cultural influences we have today: Social media and the inescapability of GRWM videos, celebrity skincare companies, the branding of skincare as self-care, and the medicalization of name a few.

There’s a “misconception that more is better,” says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. She says layering too many products with harsh ingredients “isn’t fostering skin health, but rather, irritation and a compromised skin barrier.” As the skin barrier becomes damaged, it can’t retain moisture and block out irritants, which could lead to or worsen certain conditions.

The pressure to somehow achieve poreless skin isn’t doing our mental health any favors, either. “The more we're focusing on our skin, the more it's becoming a source of self-consciousness and self-hate, particularly for teen girls,” says DeFino. She points to a small study that shows there may be such a thing as a “substance-related disorder involving cosmetic procedures.”

Your move

No one’s judging you if putting on under-eye patches is the highlight of your day. But for many, the endless pursuit of youthful skin can be draining. 

1. Remember that what works for one influencer might not work for you. So cater “your skincare regimen towards your actual skin needs,” says dermatologist Sophia Reid, MD. Work with a dermatologist if you’re not sure where to start.

2. Another reminder: No fancy product will prevent the inevitable. Talking about that reality, especially with young girls (or yourself), is one way to counteract the unrealistic expectations, says Reid. 

Read more about the problem with our skincare obsession

ask an expert

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We asked you to vote on a question you’d like answered. The winner was:

My partner snores. How can I sleep better? 


Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD

Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD

A sleep psychologist, assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine, and director of the behavioral sleep program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

“[You] could wear a headband [with] noise-canceling headphones. You can set up any sort of competing sound that you like — ocean waves, rain showers, [or] music. A whole lot of people sleep apart, so they have a place where one partner can go when the snoring is particularly bad.

“Most people snore when they're on their back. There are things you can purchase for your partner that keep them off their back, like a sleep belt. You can [also] purchase a foam wedge pillow. If your [head is] over 30 degrees, you either don't snore at all, or you snore much less.” 

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. You can read the full story here.

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Well, actually, the research is limited, but anecdotal evidence is strong. 

The goal of spending hours — even days — in darkness, with little to no stimulation, is “to have detachment from your everyday life,” says licensed psychologist Michelle Leno. The mental health benefits haven’t been studied extensively, but she says it’s worth considering the anecdotal evidence. “The people who experience its benefits talk about feeling ‘detoxed,’” she says. Some experts claim that removing sensory distractions can lead to improved focus, better mood, less stress, and reduced anxiety.  

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