Debunking 5 Beauty Myths

Flip through the pages of your favorite fashion magazine or check out a beauty blog, and you’re likely to get a ton of advice. Surprisingly, there is a lot of it is either inaccurate or just plain wrong! Ever had someone said that dry skin can be fixed just by drinking more water, or that tingling skin means a product is working? Read on to learn the truth behind five common beauty myths.

MYTH: Chocolate, pizza, and French fries cause acne.

 Chocolate, pizza, and French fries themselves don’t cause breakouts, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It’s not like you eat a French fry and BOOM!—get a zit. No. However, a diet based heavily on junky foods can trigger breakouts, because the skin isn’t getting the nutrition it needs to keep its oil production regular, fight infections and bacteria, and be clear and glowing. And other dietary factors (including sensitivity to sugar or gluten) can impact your skin. So the moral of the story is: random pizza night? Chocolate binge? Your skin probably won’t care. Pizza every night? Chocolate all day every day? You may pay for that with a breakout.

MYTH: Putting makeup on zits makes them worse.

It depends on the makeup, darlin’. If you’ve got a big zit and are trying to cover it up with an oil-based or heavy cream concealer, it might piss the zit off even more. But if you’re using a noncomedogenic, nonacnegenic product, you should be just fine. Stage makeup and grease paint = bad. Light, acne-fighting coverage = no problem!

MYTH: You can “train” your hair to be less greasy.

This hair myth about your locks can get “addicted” to shampoos has followed us around since middle-school. The thinking behind it is that your hair will produce more oil, the more you strip it of oil, thus forcing you to wash it more and more. That you can “break the cycle” by not washing it as much. But most hair experts agree that no matter how much you wash your hair, whether it’s every day, every other day, or once every two weeks, your scalp pumps out oil at the rate your body tells it to. You cannot “train” your hair to produce less oil by shampooing your hair less frequently. If you have fine hair, it’s going to get oiler faster than hair that is thicker or textured, and it will look better when it’s freshly washed.

MYTH: Hair grows back thicker after you shave it.

Here’s the truth: the hair shaft tapers at the end. When we shave, we’re cutting into the middle of the hair shaft, creating a flat edge, so it feels thicker and stubblier when it grows back. We notice the stubbly regrowth a lot more than we did when we had a virgin forest of soft, long, tapered-at-the-end hair on our heads, crotches, or legs. Yes, I said a virgin forest of leg hair.

MYTH: Split ends can be repaired.

I know there are lots of shampoos and serums and conditioners out there that claim to “banish split ends!” These products are telling you tales. There’s only one way to get rid of split ends, and that’s to cut them off. Products that claim to banish split ends are misleading, promising that they can help prevent split ends from forming with special moisturizers and nutrients. Split ends are a natural part of life—the ends of your hair are the oldest parts of your hair, and they have gone through months of sun exposure, hot showers, and heat styling. Now, you can put serums and creams in hair to help it look healthier, but no product under the sun can heal split ends. Hair is dead, friends. You cannot heal the dead.

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