People throw around a lot of BS when it comes to beauty products and routines. Sometimes these myths arise from misinterpreted facts, marketing schemes, or they’re just hearsay.
Regardless of where they come from, it’s important to know what is true and what is a myth so that you can better take care of yourself.
Here are some commonly believed myths you may have heard:
Chocolate and/or greasy foods cause zits.
While it is possible that hormones and changes inside our bodies might cause some problems for our skin, the food we consume does not.
There are no studies proving that eating chocolate or fast food cause breakouts.
The most likely way that this could cause a problem is if you immediately rub your hands all over your face right after getting grease all over them.
The actual food consumption will not make a difference. Just wash your hands before you touch your face and you should be good to go!
Acne is only for teens.
Hormones can definitely affect how your skin looks, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be a teenager in order to get pimples.
Acne is a condition that can often affect people through various stages of life and even well into late adulthood.
Hormones fluctuate throughout your life and, for women, throughout their menstrual cycles.
In addition, there are other factors such as hygiene or improperly functioning pores that contribute to breakouts and it can create pimples well after the teenage years.
Only wash your hair every other day.
This one has always seemed like utter nonsense to me. Everyone has different hair!
While there may be something to be said about shampoo drying out hair if overused, what defines “overusing” will vary for each individual.
If your hair is thick and coarse, it can likely go a few extra days without being washed.
If your hair is fine and limp, you’ll probably want to wash it more frequently to prevent oil buildup from making it look thin and greasy.
There is no rule as to how frequently you should wash your hair.
Trimming your hair will make it grow faster.
Trimming your hair will make it look healthier, but the act of trimming it will not actually help with hair length growth. You’re treating the wrong part!
Nothing you do to the ends of your hair can affect how quickly it grows.
Hair grows from the root below the surface of the skin and trimming the ends won’t make it grow any faster.
This is also a good reason to be wary of the various shampoos and conditioners that promise you more length.
Plucking a hair will cause more to grow in its spot.
As I already pointed out, hair grows from the root. It’s called a follicle and it’s under the surface of your skin.
If you pluck a hair, you’re not going to cause more follicles to appear under your skin. You’re just pulling one hair out of one follicle, end of story.
Assuming that follicle is still functional, one hair will grow back in the one spot you plucked one from already.
To add on to all of this, shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker. It might temporarily look that way as the thickest part of the hair grows back in, but breaking a hair above the surface of the skin will not cause it to change when it grows back.
Overall, just be logical the next time you consider buying seemingly magical products or following through with outlandish beauty routines.
If they don’t make sense to you, they probably don’t work or rely on one of the mentioned myths.
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