Skin Cleansing Myths

Skin cleaning myths often scare people into poor hygiene practices. Learn more about skin cleaning myths at HowStuffWorks.


There are plenty of at-home microdermabrasion products, but do they really work? We'll give you the pros and cons of at-home microdermabrasion products

Oil cleansing is become a beauty trend. But do castor and olive oil belong in your face wash? We'll help you see if oil cleansing is for you.

Washing your face with bleach may be a tempting alternative if you have severe acne. Learn the risks and rewards of washing your face with bleach

Benzoyl peroxide can be an effective way to treat acne, but is it safe to use on your skin? Find out if benzoyl peroxide is right for your skin type.

How often should you exfoliate your face? We explain how your skin type and texture affect the amount of times you should exfoliate your face each week

Honey-lemon face washes are easy to make and affordable – but do they really help skin? See if honey-lemon face wash can benefit your complexion.

Benzoyl peroxide is found in face washes, gels and other acne products. But should it be in your skin cleanser? See how benzoyl peroxide helps your skin

When it comes to acne home remedies, toothpaste is a common treatment for pimples. But does toothpaste really cure acne? Find out!

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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.

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.

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?

Skin cleansers are supposed make your skin feel better, not give you a rash. If you can't seem to get clean without irritating your skin, you might want to try a hypoallergenic skin cleanser.

Your initial reaction to the thought of no more baths may be "gross!" But there also could be more serious ramifications than an unpleasant layer of grime.

Antibacterial soap is supposed to save us from deadly bacteria, but the microbes are surviving and may be getting stronger. Should we ban antibacterial soap altogether?

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?

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