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So girls (and the handful of guys that read this blog)…let’s talk about beauty myths, shall we? I could probably write a book on ‘em because there are just THAT many. The sad thing is, when it comes to skincare and my obsession with trying to have and KEEP clear skin, I’ll probably try anything. Except dab pee on my pimples.

Naw. I can’t get down with that. I don’t know if it’s a rumor within the family or not but my girl cousins have this running joke that Grandma has always had clear skin and her “liquid output” is the reason why. Everyone is too afraid to ask her. And to try it. I mean come on, dude. I’m comfortable with my body but I’ve gotta draw a line somewhere.

Check out my list of beauty myths…

Black don’t crack.
Yeah no. Everyone gets wrinkles.

Good skin is all genetic.
Not always. Good skin is also determined by lifestyle and diet.

Water is important for hydration but it won’t necessarily lead to healthier skin.
So not true. Our skin contains a good amount of water and hydrated skin is healthier skin.

Black girls don’t need sunscreen.
Yeah no. The sun don’t discriminate, mamacita. EVERYONE needs protection from the sun.

Going a day without washing your face never hurt anyone.
Pfft! Lies! I can’t be the only who has gone to sleep without washing their face only to have pimples greeting me the next morning. It’s good to get in the habit of always washing the face before bed.

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  • Lisa Brown

    Myth: If you wear sunscreen, you won’t get enough vitamin D.

    • marymay

      The sunscreen one makes me so mad. Everyone needs sunscreen!

  • Shirley Monroe

    Expensive cosmetics and skincare products are better than drugstore products…yeah not true.

  • Kelly

    Oh, popping the small pimples won’t scar your face. LIES! LIES I tell you.

  • Imani

    I remember my great aunt telling me that pulling on/rubbing my eyes would give me wrinkles and being terrified to do so for many years. Now I rub my eyes when I feel like it because I realize it’s a beauty myth. Now the only thing I worry about is forgetting I’m wearing makeup and getting mascara in my eyes!

  • Sienna

    craziest? mayonaise hair mask. i tried it, and yuck!

  • http://www.theravingsofaninsomniac.blogspot.com Emily

    The craziest beauty myth I ever heard was that you don’t have to wash you brushes!

  • Lauren W.

    That there are rules… besides washing your face and drinking enough water, people have different skin needs. I need extra exfoliation and moisture, whereas my guy only needs soap!

  • http://prettypandamakeup.blogspot.com Margo

    Good tips! You are right about the whole not washing your face thing…one night and I’m covered with zits! My tip that I’m going by right now is Biotin…its not so much for my skin, but its doing crazy wondrous things for my nails and hair.

  • Janet

    Biggest myth? That popping zits makes them heal up and go away! Nuh-UH.

  • Rafia

    That using a cellphone gives pimples. One, a cell phone is on your EAR (and I never heard of ear acne) but even if it was touching our face I don’t think we’d just bust out with zits.

  • Mary Happymommy

    My mother has lighter skin than me and I have a darker complexion like my father. I definitely remember as a kid my mother saying she had to wear sunscreen and a hat but that I didn’t have to worry about it because my skin is darker. Now I’m the one with the hat and sunscreen, hiding under a beach umbrella.

  • Ada

    Bless. Sometimes I feel jealous of people buying expensive skincare products, but then I just slap myself and say that so long as I wash my face, slather on the SPF and moisturizer, and drink plenty of water, my face doesn’t look half bad. =)

  • http://n/a Brianna

    I think the craziest thing I’ve heard is that your diet doesn’t impact your skin, when it clearly does have a huge effect.

  • Nataly Carbonell

    “popping zits will help get rid of them” I don’t think this is true lol

  • tiffany

    My boyfriend in high school said that his grandmother rubbed baby pee (from a diaper) on her face to keep it smooth….yeah.

  • Maria J.

    One of the craziest beauty myth I’ve ever heard is that you’re not supposed to wear sunscreen if it’s raining or cols outside during the day. Which is not true because during whatever Weather it may be during the day I always wear sunscreen.

  • Kerri

    The ones I always hear:
    -Shaving makes hair grow back darker and thicker
    -Brush your hair 100 times a day
    -You must wash your hair every single day

    My hair became so much softer once stopped doing the last one!

  • Cristine

    Hmmm … I don’t pay attention to beauty myths much, but when I was a teenager first dealing with acne I thought people putting toothpaste on their pimples was weird. Why!? I thought it would bleach my skin lol.

  • chocopina

    i loathe hearing people say that pricier products are superior to more economically priced products. so not true, its all about the ingredients. quality ingredients = quality product regardless of price point.

  • Ann

    try lots of different products rather than sticking it out with a product that doesn’t initially seem to work.

  • Kaarin

    myth 1: G’ma would always tell me (as I was going thru puberty) to sleep with a bra on so I wouldn’t have saggy boobies when I got older. LoL…I say the sagging is due to genetics :-)

    Myth 2: put butter on burns and it wont leave a scar…hmmmm but it sure left me greasy!

  • Fer

    A beauty myth i can’t get my mom to understand must be washing the face in the night, or that you only need to wash it and that’s all! I had a pretty bad case of red cheeks, so bad we even thought it was rosacea, but i started washing my face with a different soap (actually TWO different soaps) and now it looks normal. Also, that wearing a moisturizer with sunscreen isn’t bad in the night :| i desperately need a good moisturizer for the night but my mom keeps insisting that the one i use for the day is good enough :| it’s too heavy!

  • Austin Baroudi

    Shaving makes you hair grow back thicker is a pretty ridiculous one.

  • Rachel S.

    That lemon juice removes freckles! ha! As a little girl, you do not know how many times I rubbed lemon juice on my face! As an adult, I have embraced them, love them, and realize they very much make me who I am!

  • Jessie C.

    The fish pedicure is one crazy beauty myth.

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com Destany

    Biggest myth? That drugstore products are inferior because they are more easily accessible than “high end” products!

  • http://flyyfemalefabulous.com Jamie

    One of the craziest beauty myths I’ve ever heard is Black women can’t wear bright colored makeup!

  • aaminahs mom/pamela greenlee

    The biggest myth I remember is to use rubbing alcohol on your face! OUCH

  • http://www.smashedpowder.blogspot.com donata ramsey

    biggest myth..pluck a grey hair and 10 go the funeral. thank you God that’s a no.

  • Shanelle

    Myth: Oil is the best moisturizer for dry skin. I have a funny combo (dry/oily) skin. After years of trying different products, I have realized I should use oil-free moisturizers and the areas that are oily will produce their own oils. I’m currently using Mario Badescu Oil Free SPF 30 Moisturizer. LOVE!

  • http://www.mrsday.com Erica

    The most prevalent one is that it costs a lot to look good. SO not true.

  • Melonie Simples

    Preparation H deflates puffiness. Umm…so NOT true….LOL!!

  • http://Makeuprshutup.com Stephanie

    The biggest myth I can think of, I’d from when I was a teenager. The old “toothpaste on a zit” trick. It doesn’t work, and it’s awkward with hubby at bedtime.

  • Suzanna Gonzalez

    Rub a lemon on your face! My grandma used to say, after the burn & sting was it worth :)

  • Mary W

    Myth: You can get rid of cellulite. Fact: You can spend a ton of money on products and still have cellulite. There is no proof or science to back up the claims of cellulite products.

  • Joanna

    Cutting/ trimming your hair on certain moon with either grow it longer, thicker etc. Yea did not work for me at all.

  • http://beautebyamour.blogspot.com Amoure Jones

    It’s funny you mentioned the pee rumor. When I was younger I had really horrible acne and so one of my great aunts suggested to my mother to put a “loaded” babies diaper on my face. What the what? So yes putting baby urine was an old wives tale in my family as well and people still say it works. Not sure if it does , and I’m not trying it to see either. I’ll stick with regular facial products.

  • S Carter

    I have heard that plucking gray hair when you start to get them will make the rest of your hair turn gray faster. Silliness

  • Carm

    That anything can help my undereye circles! They are from very thin skin three generations have them. I will stick to concealer unless I can afford cosmetic surgery.

  • Marta H.

    Myth=Starving yourself is a good thing
    Truth= Starving yourself is a bad thing

  • Renee

    You don’t have to wear sunscreen if you do not normally burn

  • Melissa

    You already covered it. I haven’t read all the comments so, I don’t know if someone else mentioned it. But, people of color need sunscreen. I used to work in two different derm offices and one year 90% of one of their patients that had skin cancer were Black and Asian. I’m Black, and also had a skin cancer scare. I am also not surer (and kind of scared) of the oil cleansing method??

  • Esther

    If you pop pimples on and around your nose area, puss from it might enter your bloodstream and travel all the way to your brain.

  • Juli Hutcheson

    Shaving hair makes it grow thicker and darker afterwards. My mom thinks that any woman who shaves her face is insane and refuses to believe me when I say that’s not true.

  • Gretchen

    Get plenty of rest for skin to look and feel healthy!! Not a myth, a fact!

  • Kiomi

    The best way to wear perfume is to spray first and walk through the mist….Really?? Thats like wasting good and sometimes expensive perfume.

  • Heather USA (Rafflecopter: Rosie Areola)

    Myth: Sleep deprivation causes dark undereye circles

  • TraciB

    You don’t have to remove your eyeshadow every night.

  • Jen

    Black women shouldn’t wear certain eyeshadow colors (ie. blue).

    Wear what looks good on YOU, as an individual. You won’t know if you don’t try.

  • Lisa

    That ridiculously expensive priced facial cleansers and moisturizers are superior to drugstore or less expensive products.

  • Krista

    That shaving makes the hair grow back thicker.

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  • http://brooklynsouldesigns.etsy.com Angie

    That you don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy.

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  • Jamie C.

    The Craziest beauty myth I’ve ever heard was that you don’t need to tone or moisturize if you have oily skin.

  • Diana Devlin

    That you need to sit in the sun for at least 20 minutes a day without any sunscreen protection to allow your body to fully absorb the needed Vitamin D

  • http://www.youtube.com/Married2KDK TaNeisha

    Definitely that black don’t crack. I’ve seen so many cracked faces in every color

  • Marie

    For me, it was that people are born with good skin.

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  • Michelle Lamey

    that wearing sunscreen doesn’t matter? Hello???? How can anyone still believe that.

  • Brittany L.

    That you have to wash your face with product twice a day. Usually once a day is enough.

  • http://dashofface.blogspot.com/ Myki

    Ooh how about the strip everything off your face and it’ll be good… not matter that certain chemicals take all the good stuff with the bad and you end up being your own worst enemy,

  • carolyn

    Nail polish turns your nails yellow and unwashed pillowcases giving you pimples! Terrible myths!

  • http://BeautyByBrandise.com Brandise

    Craziest myth??? “You will outgrow pimple breakouts.” As someone with very oily skin, I have never outgrown them, but simply learned how to use a three step skin care system on a regular basis. :)

  • patricia caradonna

    Washing your hair everyday is not good for your hair.

  • Donna

    the more you brush your hair, the more it will shine.

  • Julie

    oily skin doesn’t need hydration.

  • http://precious416blog.com Ivey

    Toothpaste on acne, it gave my friend more!

  • http://paintthosepiggies.blogspot.com/ Erin-Paint Those Piggies!

    Dipping my nails in cold water to dry nail polish…that one didn’t work! :)

  • Susan P.

    Brushing your hair 100 strokes will make it shine is a myth. It will only break it with that much brushing.

  • http://perfectinourimperfections.com Jen

    Myth: Women over a certain age should cut their hair short because long hair is aging. I don’t think anything could be more aging than the cut that many women get because of this myth, the short straight sides with the puffy curled top.

    I think women should judge for themselves and/or consult with a good stylist for a look that works with their hair condition and face shape.

  • Tessa

    Myth: That one application of sunscreen lasts all day

  • http://www.over40andfocused.blogspot.com Keziah Gibbons

    A beauty myth that I heard was alcohol was a good toner for your face. Alcohol strips your face of all the important oils that you need. One myth that did work for me was clipping my ends on the New Moon every 6-8 weeks. Doing this really made my hair grow!

  • Diane

    I hate the shaving makes your hair come back darker and thicker AND FASTER myth. My boyfriend is always saying it, and I always tell him it’s not true. But he still believes it. UGH.

  • Dimitrea

    Myth: That shaving will make the hair grow back thicker or in more volume. No no and no.

  • http://clumpsofmascara.com/2013/08/busting-beauty-myths.html Jo

    I’ve read that pure rubbing alcohol is great for drying out pimples. It actually dries out and peels the skin. The ill effects may last for days or a few weeks. I’ve learned the hard way.

  • http://None Kayla

    Myth: Makeup doesn’t “spoil.”
    Truth: All products have a shelf life, and it can be dangerous to use things past their prime.

  • T.R.

    Plucking your facial hair will make 3x more come in.

  • http://taz97ut.tumblr.com Sabrina

    I haven’t really tried many beauty myths…I figured out pretty soon that simple is best.

  • Lauren E

    Myth: You need an expensive, complicated skincare routine to achieve clear and even skin. Truth: Less can be more and you may only need very few products to get the skin you want.

  • Tina Renee Barker

    “You should wash your hair every day” is a pretty big myth. Washing too often strips the natural oils!

  • Christl

    I wasn’t allowed to shave my legs until I was 15 because the longer you waited, the slower and less dense it would be. Hmmmm – thank goodness for Jr. High Science teachers!

  • Katherine Thul

    Myth: Split ends can be repaired with an intense conditioning mask.

  • Emilee

    Craziest beauty myth- There are two that drive me crazy- One, you have to throw away nail polish in 2 years cause it goes bad (NO), two- you should thin out your nail polish with acetone (NO!!)

  • JRE

    Myth:if you pluck a hair, double the amount will grow back

  • april

    That you don’t need to wear sunscreen if it’s cloudy. Not true! Those damaging rays come right through the clouds.

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  • Justine

    Myth: Cutting hair makes it grow faster.

  • http://healthybeautiful.com Manika

    Those painful blackhead strips will get rid of it forever…except they just made my pores bigger and resulted in miniature acne scars. D: Very very bad!

  • Amy K

    That you need to wash your hair every day. Thank goodness for dry shampoo!

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  • Liz

    That shaving makes your hair grow thicker! If that’s the case, all bald men who shave their heads would have long, thick hair!

  • Ann

    Oily skinned gals don’t need to moisturize… well, I need some actives on my face. Also, I need sunscreen daily.

  • latanya

    that your eyelashes don’t grow back once you start losing them

  • Lisa

    That wearing nail polish all the time will turn your nails yellow

  • Brittany Mandelkoq

    That having dirty hair is better for styling. Clearly a lie. Nothing looks worse then a dirty, greasy up-do.

  • Linda

    Shaving makes your hair grow back darker

  • Jencendiary

    My mother has started telling me that if I pull out a grey hair, seven more will grow back where it was. But that’s scientifically impossible.

    Also, I don’t need her to remind me that I’m getting old.

  • Mariam

    People with oily skin shouldn’t use a moisturizer. pfft.

  • Jill

    That drying out oily skin will make it stop being oily.

  • Prasert

    Brush your hair at least 100x a night for brighter hair.

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  • Lindsey

    That is you shave, your hair grows back thicker.

  • Nhi

    Myth: The dark dots all over your skin (especially on your nose) are blackheads. They are actually sebaceous filaments which are part of your skin and there is no point in trying to extract them!

  • Heather S

    HA! I love the “Shaving makes hair grow back darker and thicker” myth.

  • Miky

    I’ve read once in a magazine that some lipsticks are made from pig poop. :) i dont know till this day if this is true..

  • CLAUDIA DAVIS

    The more expensive the beauty product, the better it is.

  • Kate

    Craziest myth is that urine will heal acne! I never tried it though so who knows if it’s even a myth….

  • Annemarie

    Beauty myth that I had really hoped would work: cold water will shrink your pores :-(

  • Amy Orvin

    That putting lemon juice on freckles will help them dissolve. Never worked for me.

  • Farrah

    Craziest beauty myth: girl your face is breaking out, just have some S** and your skin will be glowing!! Um, ok…

  • http://kindofamess.com Alyssa

    I was told to never even TOUCH pimples that are on your forehead in-between your eyebrows. Bcause there is a vein there that runs straight into your brain and if you get any kind of skin infection there, the infection will go straight into your brain and you will die and be instantly dead.
    I was tweleve and told this by a worldly 16 year old, so it terrified me for years. Still, good advice on the no pimple popping but terrible on the whole death thing. :-)

  • http://beautifulfrances.blogspot.com Kit Novak

    My mother used to tell me that if I continued to pluck my horribly large (she never said that) Brooke Sheilds-esque eyebrows that they would never grow back. This has always been one beauty myth that I wished would come true!

  • Kristina Vieweg

    I’ve always heard that people with oily skin should never use oil on their face…but I have an Oil Cleanser that works AWESOME at getting make-up off and it doesn’t break me out!

  • MelodyJ

    Don’t wash your hair at that time of the month. I think it was suppose to make cramps worse.

  • Kele

    That if you are pregnant with a girl the baby will steal your beauty for the length if the pregnancy

  • ewhatley

    This is too strange – Esther (my name, but not me) left a comment on 8/10 that was EXACTLY what I was going to use. Not a common name and not a common myth.

    My aunt (a nurse) constantly told me that when I was a teen so I was afraid I would die if I popped pimples near my nose.

  • Valerie C.

    My great-aunt told me to put mustard on my face for 20 minutes every night to cure my acne. What! I don’t use mustard to this day lol

  • Tweakweasel

    I currently work as a Beauty Advisor at Walgreens which means I had to watch a variety of videos and do a small series of tests about beauty in terms of skincare, suncare, haircare, cosmetics, etc. And one of the things that reeeeally annoyed me was that, for the question pertaining to how to choose the best concealer for someone’s undereyes, the only “right” answer was to choose a shade one or two shades lighter than their foundation. Now, I’m not saying that that’s a myth per se, but I’d definitely say that it’s a personal choice and the idea that one can’t choose to go with a brightened undereye area or a simply camouflaged one really annoyed me…as does any hard and fast “rule” of makeup. :-P One of the reasons I really enjoy the “But Black Girls Can’t…” series.

  • Steffany

    The most ridiculous beauty myth I hear about is that shaving will cause your hair to grow back thicker. It just LOOKS that way when the hair grows back, but I hear this from everyone around me!

  • Birdie Skolfield

    Raw egg pak on your hair makes it shiny

  • Michelle Small

    That you must wash your hair everyday. No way.

  • Tamra Clifford

    If your hair has static rub a dryer sheet on it.

  • http://mommaof4girlies.blogspot.com laura cagnina

    Mayo hair mask is yucky and does nothing

  • amy dendy

    Water is the only thing to drink for good skin.

  • Shannon

    Myth: A hot shower is great at getting an egg mask out of your hair!

    False, good way to make scrambled eggs in your hair though!

  • min

    Washing hair daily keeps it healthy (not).

  • Charlotte

    that for every hair you pluck, three more will grow back! not even physically possible!

  • http://onachalkboard.blogspot.ca Shawna F.

    I heard that washing your hair with raw eggs or beer makes it healthy.

  • Laura Jacobson

    Applying olive oil will stop stretch marks!

  • Hannah

    I was always told not to put lotion on my face since I have oily skin….. yeah that’s a total lie…. All skin needs to be kept moisturized and I didn’t learn that until recently!

  • Sherry B.

    “Don’t make that face at me, young lady! Do you want it to freeze that way?” Then again, repeated facial movements can cause wrinkles. Hmmmmm…..

  • Cynthia Richardson

    Blow your nose and the rub it into your face as a “natural” moisturizer. Gag!

    Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

  • Rachel Beltz

    That popping pimples is safe and recommended! Hah so not true.. scars for miles!

  • Caitlin

    Applying collagen products to your skin will make it healthy. Collagen is a HUGE molecule that cannot be absorbed through the skin–and even if it could, there is no guarantee that your skin would incorporate it!

  • Kris

    That shaving makes hair grow back thicker!

  • Jane

    You can’t get sunburned if it’s cloudy! NOT!

  • Pysephonie

    Oooh some good ones! I remember something about taking cold showers to make your hair shinier… all it did ime was make showers less fun.

  • rachel

    Put eyeliner on the inner eyelids for more oomph. (True, but not good for your eyes!! So maybe just bad advice?)

  • Amy

    I heard putting pee on your face is good for your skin. I don’t know if it is true or not but it sure is a crazy idea! Yuck!

  • Christine

    Myth: Shaving WITH the grain gives you a better shave…for someone with crazy-sensitive underarms, this is a load of manure – regardless of how much “better” for your skin it’s supposed to be!

  • Mariee

    That cutting your hair makes it grow faster.

  • Lisa

    The craziest beauty myth that I heard and followed is acne-prone skin needs harsh cleaning…like scrubbing, astringents, etc. My skin has been SO much clearer now that I treat it like the sensitive skin it is :)

    Lisa

  • Elijah Joles

    Pee on zits? Ewwww…. I’d never try that..

  • Lynn

    That chocolate causes zits…puleeze! Ha I eat dark chocolate almost every day and don’t have 1 zit.

  • Kathleen

    I had heard that when you have a bruise, rolling an egg over it would make it go away. (Had a black eye a week before prom..)

    Also that eating certain foods (like chocolate, chips, candy) would give you pimples.

  • Tiny

    One of the craziest myths I’ve heard is that if you pluck one gray hair, six more will pop up in the same place because you plucked it.

  • Angela

    I was told that you can put toothpaste on a pimple, and it will go away overnight. Not true!

  • Tabathia B

    That if you put mud on your face it will clean your pores

  • Julie Raye-Rod

    You need to scrub your face really hard to get rid of acne.

  • http://www.twitter.com/justbeingmoe Moe

    I have heard –
    Rub a half of lemon on your knees or elbow to help lighten them up if they are dark.

    Put rubbing alcohol in your bath water it help clean your skin.

    Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne.

    Soap is bad for your face and can dry out your skin.

  • Tonya

    Myth- Black people can’t get sunburned! Truth – I got a TERRIBLE sunburn on summer because I stayed in an outdoor pool for 8 hours with using any sunscreen as a child – smh

  • Jessi N

    Pulling grew hairs will cause more to grow! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Lucy

    If you have good skin you don’t need to wash your face.

  • Brittany

    My Aunt always told me plain bar soap and water is better than anything else you can wash your face with…So not true.

  • Stephanie Ann

    putting toothpaste on a zit will mke the redness go away – doesnt work!

  • Jamie

    I once heard overheard someone say that they put pee on their face to get rid of acne. Was not something I even considered trying.

  • Tammy

    Wash your face with antibacterial hand soap for less acne…it kills everything that causes it. Uh…no lol