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5 Common Beauty Myths That Aren't True

Mythbusters: Can You Shrink Pores? Or Make Hair Grow Fast?

When it comes to beauty, there are a bunch of myths and old wives' tales floating around that often deceive us into thinking something's true when it's actually not. Here are five common misconceptions and myths you need to know about.

You can shrink your pores. Nope — you can minimise the look of your pores by exfoliating and keeping them free of debris, but they're going to be the size they are. Astringents can help the skin contract, making them look smaller temporarily, but can't shrink them in the long term.

Trimming your hair makes it grow faster. This is the old wives' tale that just won't die. Trimming your hair often prevents split ends and keeps your hair in good shape, sure. But your rate of hair growth isn't determined by how much dead keratin you're lopping off. It's about genetics, environment, diet, and even the time of year.

More myths busted . . .Lip balm keeps your lips hydrated. There are many lip balms and glosses that contain menthol or camphor, which just dry your lips out more. And even with products that don't, constantly re-applying throughout the day can actually break down your moisture barrier and dehydrate the delicate skin on your lips.

Tanning keeps your skin clear. This is deceptive; it appears to work because tanning and burning desiccates your skin, so pimples seem to dry up. After a couple of days, though, your dry, now irritated skin might start pumping out even more oil than usual, and your flaky, damaged skin could clog your pores. Lots of people then try to tan again to "fix" the issue and just start the cycle all over again.

The cysts on your face are always acne. Most people assume their breakout is just that — a breakout. In reality, though, there are many other common skin conditions that look similar. People often try to treat bumps from rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other skin allergies using acne products, which can just end up irritating skin more.

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