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Pseudoscience: Can It Be Harming Your Skin?


This blog post is meant to be taken in the context of acne, skin care products, blogs and reviews, however the information put forth can and should be applied to all things in life, including politics, health, religion, etc.

Let's first set forth the difference between science, and pseudoscience; if you find yourself falling too far into the pseudoscience spectrum, you may want to re-evaluate your critical thinking skills and skepticism.

I love this explanation of the differences between science and pseudoscience, because it is right on the nose. Someone who aligns themselves with science is always open-minded, always willing to change their mind with the presentation of new evidence, is skeptical of all claims until evidence is presented, and avoids making blanket statements. Those who align themselves with (and sometimes pride themselves as being) anti-science tend to suggest that peer-reviewed evidence is inadmissable based on some conspiracy theory, they reject and block all criticism, and make blanket statements (notice that they do not actually link any studies) that something that has never been tested is useful for everything from the common cold to cancer. They will also take preliminary corrleational findings that apply only in one specific scenario to inform the larger picture and suggest causation. The anti-science/pseudoscience community is quick to misunderstand that correlation does not equal causation and there needs to be rigorous testing and concrete evidence of causation. They may also cherry pick data that they have deliberately sought out as evidence of veracity, despite new studies debunking earlier ones, or the fact that some studies are hindered by things like a lack of placebo contol, small sample size, etc.