SKIN CLEANSING MYTHS

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Are long, hot showers bad for your skin?

It's a cruel world sometimes. The tastiest foods are bad for your health, the finest things are bad for your wallet and long, hot showers are said to be tough on your skin. Are they?

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  • Are long, hot showers bad for your skin?

    Are long, hot showers bad for your skin?

    It's a cruel world sometimes. The tastiest foods are bad for your health, the finest things are bad for your wallet and long, hot showers are said to be tough on your skin. Are they? See more »

  • Can I wash my face too much?

    Can I wash my face too much?

    There's nothing wrong with washing your face a couple of times per day -- in fact, most people recommend doing so. But if you start vigorously scrubbing one time too many, it can only lead to irritation. See more »

  • Do pores open wider in hotter water?

    Do pores open wider in hotter water?

    You may have heard that hot water or steam can open up pores on your face, making it easier to clear out blackheads. But do your pores even have the physical capability to open? See more »

  • Does drinking eight glasses of water really hydrate skin?

    Does drinking eight glasses of water really hydrate skin?

    For years, we've heard that drinking eight glasses of water per day can make us healthier and help us get better skin. But how much scientific research actually backs these claims? See more »

  • Is antibacterial soap any better than regular soap?

    Is antibacterial soap any better than regular soap?

    With all the talk about germs in the office and other public places, many of us have a bottle of antibacterial soap somewhere nearby. But is it any better? See more »

  • Is chocolate bad for your skin?

    Is chocolate bad for your skin?

    You may have heard that eating chocolate can cause acne, but can satisfying your sweet tooth actually cause pimples? See more »

  • Is exercise good or bad for skin?

    Is exercise good or bad for skin?

    We work out to get in better health and to look good, and that extends to our skin -- nothing beats a rosy, healthy glow for natural beauty. But can exercise beat the effects of aging, stress and acne? See more »

  • Is it OK if my skin is 'squeaky clean'?

    Is it OK if my skin is 'squeaky clean'?

    When it comes to your car or your kitchen floor, squeaky clean is exactly what you're looking for. But when you're washing your face, you don't necessarily want that same shiny finish. See more »

  • Is milk good for acne?

    Is milk good for acne?

    You may have heard that certain foods -- such as chocolate or shellfish -- cause acne. But while these are myths, you may be surprised to learn that milk and dairy products can cause breakouts. See more »

  • Is there a proper way to pop a pimple?

    Is there a proper way to pop a pimple?

    Dermatologists say that popping pimples is a big no-no. But let's face it -- sometimes you just can't help yourself. Can you pop a pimple properly? See more »

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