When I was younger, I was told that putting any kind of makeup on my face would make me break out. Because of that, I avoided concealer, foundation and anything of the sort because I didn’t want to make my acne worse – and in doing so, I made myself more self-conscious because my pimples weren’t hidden at all. A few years later, I found out that the myth isn’t true: makeup doesn’t cause acne. Sure, wearing makeup that doesn’t react with your skin can cause some breakouts or even a rash, but if you pick the right makeup, it could even help your acne.
We hear beauty and health myths like this all over the place. A lot of them come from our moms, grandmas or aunts, who may have heard something years and years ago that has since been disproven. A lot of them are from doctors who are passing off personal beliefs as facts. And a lot of them are from Pinterest, which can offer many amazing tips, but at the same time can also offer many terrible tips that you should never listen to.
You Can't Pee With A Tampon InDinosaurgasm: I remember in 8th grade this girl was complaining cause she just put a tampon in so now she couldn't go to the bathroom. I was baffled. I think she thought it came out of the same hole and she had plugged it. I remember I used to be worried about this too! But don't worry - you can totally pee with a tampon in. The tampon goes in a different role than the one you pee out of. Source: ShutterStock
Wearing A Bra At Night Keeps Your Boobs Perkycatsandtea93: Everyone should wear a bra at night to prevent sagging -- I have little boobs so this is totally unnecessary and uncomfortable. There is no evidence behind this theory to suggest that sleeping in a bra makes your boobs more perky or prevents sagging from happening. On top of that, it's uncomfortable! If you really want some extra support during the night, find a comfy sports bra or a sleep bra. Source: ShutterStock
Sleeping In A Bra Causes Breast CancerSikng: Wearing a bra overnight will give you breast cancer... heard that one a lot. Um, which is it guys? Is sleeping in a bra good or bad? Guys, I honestly don't think it's either. I'm not sure where this myth about breast cancer came from, but there is no research to support it. Source: ShutterStock
Shaving Makes Your Hair Grow Back FasterBrinjePollywog: "Shaving hair will make it come back darker and thicker!" I always thought this too, but as it turns out, it's not true. When you shave, you're getting rid of the dead part of your hair, not the living part - so it doesn't affect how it grows. The reason people believe this myth is probably because when you shave, your hair doesn't have the fine taper at the ends that unshaven hair has, and that makes it look more thick. The new hair also isn't as light, making it look darker. Source: ShutterStock
You Can't Use Lotion If You Have Oily SkinSunshine_of_your_Lov: people told me using face lotion would make my oily skin WORSE... Nope, not true. As contradictory as it may sound, moisturizing oily skin is actually good for it. When your skin is dry, it will produce extra oil, making you more oily. The key is to make sure you're getting a moisturizer that works for your skin and isn't too oily. I have oily skin, and Clean & Clear moisturizer works amazing for it. Source: ShutterStock
Toilet Seats Can Give You STDszeepremium: The infamous "don't sit on a toilet seat without putting a cover or else you'll get an STD" bullsh*t. My vagina would've fallen off by now. This is mostly a myth. Some STD and STI organisms CAN actually survive on toilet seats - but it's only for a short amount of time, and the organisms would have to get in your urethral or genital tract, which is highly unlikely. If it were common, I promise you we would have a much higher STD problem. Source: ShutterStock
The Way You Cut Curly Hair Can Make It Straight[deleted]: Cutting curly hair at an angle can make it grow straight. Definitely not true. The way you cut your hair doesn't make it straight or curly. If you want your curly hair to be straight, you'll have to get a treatment done. Source: ShutterStock
Washing Your Face A Lot Gets Rid Of AcneBrightinfinity: Had massive acne going through puberty. Kids told me I should wash my face more. (This often makes it worse because it dries out and irritates the skin.) Yep, this isn't true. Of course you should wash your face at night before bed to get rid of your makeup, but you shouldn't be over-washing. Like this girl said, it dries out your skin, which can lead to more breakouts. Source: ShutterStock
Anyone Can Have A Thigh Gap If They Do The Right Exercisesgreeenscreen: Oh gosh, the thigh gap! It's actually caused by (if I remember right) wide hips. Not some mystical myth-beast to be demonized, but also not anything that can be strived for. Wanting a thigh gap is like wanting a double jointed elbow. Or overly-flexed knees. Or something else silly. Exercise and losing weight won't give you a thigh gap. This girl is right - thigh gaps happen when you have wide hip bones. You can be really skinny and still not have it!
Oil Is Bad For Your FaceWhatNowJerk: oil is bad to put on your skin, and will make your skin oily just by touching it. So long as the oils you use are not ones that irritate your skin, they won't make your face an oil slick. As long as you don't over-apply or not clean off excess. The right facial oils can actually be amazing for your skin, making it glow, get more hydrated, and even help with breakouts. Source: ShutterStock
You Have To Shampoo Your Hair Every Time You Showercreamcheesefiasco: You have to shampoo your hair every time you shower By now, you've probably heard that you shouldn't be shampooing your hair that often. If not, you're hearing it now! Shampooing your hair too much can actually ruin your hair and make it harder to deal with. I only shampoo my hair about twice a week. If you feel like something needs to be done, you can just use conditioner. And dry shampoo is a miracle-worker. Source: ShutterStock
You Can Repair Split Endsmelody-lee: Any hair product that says it will repair split ends. The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. You can prevent them or reduce their appearance, but once they're there, no product will fix them. Exactly. There is no fixing them, there is only making them look a little less noticeable. Just cut 'em off. Source; ShutterStock
Which of these beauty and health myths did you believe? Which do you disagree with? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.