From whether wearing make-up causes spots to whether hair self-cleanses, we’ve debunked a few common beauty myths once and for all...

Wearing make-up gives you spots

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Wrong! As long as you’re taking your make-up off properly every day, there’s zero proof that it gives you spots. If you consistently leave make-up on overnight, you’re more likely to have breakouts. So always make sure you remove make-up and cleanse your skin at the end of each day.

Using steam will open pores

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Not true! This is a myth that goes a long way back – hence, the saying ‘squeaky clean’. If your skin does squeak, it means it’s too tight, which can be caused by the use of the wrong type of skincare. So make sure you buy the best products for your skin type.

Hair gets used to the same shampoo

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Despite what you might think, shampoo doesn’t just stop working because you’ve been using the same one for a while. It may stop giving you the same results but that’s more likely because the condition and needs of your hair have changed.

Plucking out a single grey hair will make seven more appear

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So wrong – it’s impossible to increase the number of hair follicles on your head. This myth comes from the fact that once a grey hair follicle has formed, the ones next to it are usually already beginning to produce grey hairs.

When skin is clean, it will squeak

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Not true! This is a myth that goes a long way back – hence, the saying ‘squeaky clean’. If your skin does squeak, it means it’s too tight, which can be caused by the use of the wrong type of skincare. So make sure you buy the best products for your skin type.

Shaving makes hair grow back even thicker

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Not true. Contrary to popular belief, shaving has no effect on hair growth or thickness. However, when hair grows back, that prickle you feel is actually the thicker part of the hair shaft starting to grow back, which can feel stiffer than longer hair.

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