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Beauty Myths EXPOSED!!




“Don’t eat peanuts, it will make you breakout, stay clear of fried food and chocolate”, you’ve heard them, you’ve shared them; but do you really know the truth behind some of these beauty matters?  To help shed light on this subject, below are some truths surrounding some current ubiquitous beauty myths:

Myth 1: Peanuts make you breakout: FALSE!

We’ve all heard this, especially from our mothers, aunts and friends, but research shows that there are no direct correlation between peanuts (groundnuts) and acne. There are many reasons for acne such as genetics, hygiene, hormones, medication, cosmetics and diet; however, depending on an individual’s propensity to ACNE, consuming nuts (especially roasted and salted) CAN trigger one to breakout. If you enjoy your peanuts, almonds and cashews, be sure they are RAW and natural.  Remember, if you have ever had an adverse reaction to nuts after consumation, chances are that you might be allergic, for further information on this, visit your doctor or dermatologist.

Myth 2: Chocolates cause Pimples- FALSE!

This is probably one of the most common beauty myths around, but according to medical experts; chocolates and acne have very little  causal link.  It is true that a poor diet (lacking in vitamins and nutrition) can help aggravate acne; however, most breakouts are caused by overactive oil glands, hormones and dead skin cells that block the skin’s pores. Also depending on one’s genetic disposition, certain individuals are more likely than others to breakout  regardless of how much chocolate they consume or not.

Myth 3: Do not wash your face with Bar Soap- DEPENDS

The normal balance for our skin usually sits at midlevel(5.0-5.6) between acidic and neutral, for those of us with oily skin, the number is usually higher. Most bar soaps and hand soaps have a ph level of 8.0 (and higher) and contain strong alkaline that dry the skin and cause irritation (remember how dry your hands become after using bar soap). Washing your face with normal bar soap is NOT advisable because it leaves the skin dry and dehydrated, instead use soaps with moisturizing agents like Dove beauty soap, that help restore moisture to the face. When choosing a face wash, it is very important to pick one that meets your skin’s demand, if you are prone to acne look for soaps that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.


Myth 4: Don’t sleep with your makeup on, it causes Acne- TRUE!

Most cosmetics products, unless proven otherwise, are comedogenic or pore-clogging. When left on for too long, clogs the pores, aggravates it, often leading to a breakout. If you wear makeup every day, be sure to thorougly wash your face at night before going to bed.

Myth 5: Don’t share your makeup tools- TRUE!

This is particularly true for eye makeup items like eyeliner and eyeshadow brushes,  sharing makeup tools can often result in skin irritation and eye infections.

Myth 6: You can get rid of stretch marks with a cream- FALSE!

The good news about Stretch marks is that 80% of women have them, and they are a result of rapid change in one’s weight (either from pregnancy, stress, hormones, medication, puberty, etc). For some women, stretch marks naturally DISAPPEAR after a while, but for those with persistent stretch marks, very little can be done about them. Although there are products in the market that claim to fade or completely cure them; however, these products are not backed up by a consistent 100% success rate. When it comes to stretch marks, prevention is the key, and you can achieve this by avoiding rapid weight gain and weight loss. You can also help reduce (not erase) the appearance of stretch marks through microdermabrasion and laser surgery from a dermatologist.

Myth 7: Deodorants cause Cancer- FALSE!

Thanks to the popular email message linking deodorants to breast cancer, this beauty myth has come to stay. Information on the email contain reports that show how deodorants contain certain harmful substance that can be absorbed through the skin and enter the body through shaving cuts, but according to the National Cancer Institute, researchers do not have conclusive data linking deodorants/antiperspirants to the development of breast cancer. (For more information, check out:

Myth 8: Toothpaste gets rid of Pimples- DEPENDS

We’ve all heard this, “dab a bit of toothpaste on your pimple to reduce swelling and make it disappear”, even though the menthol in the toothpaste gives you the sensation that something is happening, depending on the kind of skin you have, toothpaste might actually make the situation worse. Ingredients like Hydrogen peroxide found in toothpaste, have the ability to dry your skin, while triclosan helps in killing bacteria; so in essence, toothpaste can help absorb the oil within and dry out the pimple. But this does not mean that you should substitute your acne creams for toothpaste, be careful about using toothpaste because ingredients like Hydrogen peroxide are known to excessively dry the skin; causing irritation.

Myth 9: If your skin is Oily, you don’t need to moisturize- FALSE!

Oil on the face has to do with one’s sebum production, and is not related to the level of one’s skin hydration; meaning that hydration is still necessary. Instead of using moisturizers that are laced with oil that can clog pores, be sure to choose those that are oil-free which will help bring moisture to your face, and remember to use astringents that help get rid of excess oil after washing your face.

Myth 10: Black women don’t need Sunscreen- FALSE!

It is true that Black women are less susceptible to sun burns due to large amounts of melanin; however, black skin is not protected from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Some of the harmful effects of the sun include wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, and in worst case scenarios skin cancer. To help protect your skin against premature ageing, make sure that the application of an SPF 15 cream is part of your beauty regimen. A sunscreen with SPF15 helps block 90% of the sun’s UVB rays, when shopping for sunscreens be sure to look for those that matte or shine free.

There you have it, 10 beauty myths exposed! If you have some that were not included in the list, please add to the commentary or send an email: [email protected]

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  1. IloveFashion

    October 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    very informative.

  2. wannalearntospeakyorubabyforce

    October 4, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Tnx 4 the lil info bella!……
    p.s: Am the first to comment *moon walking*…lol

  3. bbii

    October 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    i dont get the stretch mark part.. i am skinny and tiny and ive got stretch marks on my butt. so whatchu saying about weight loss or gain dont make sense and yes there are people out there i know who work on it and it fades with the use of creams.. so there..

  4. Ewa

    October 5, 2009 at 3:56 am

    tru,I have too and im skinny.
    I think it could be genetic OR maye stress like stated above (I dont get how stress would cause it though)
    anyone know?

  5. gbekun

    October 5, 2009 at 4:08 am

    haha no ur nt! look below

  6. botox

    October 5, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for exposing these beauty myths..
    Well my skin becomes always oily after 3-4 hours, tried many things but nothing happens…so what should i do???

  7. Tips for Bad Acne

    October 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Aloe Vera is also great for treating acne scars. A non oil based moisturizer containing aloe vera helps heal acne scars!

  8. Bellsb

    October 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Im skinny as well and i have more stretch marks than my mother! Ive been using Shea Butter (unrefined) mixed with Extra Virgin olive OiL, and i see a MAJOR difference.. Just thot id share that…
    Mix it very well and stick with this regimen for atleast 3months..You’ll see a major difference 😉

  9. Bellsb

    October 5, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    **meant OLIVE OIL**

  10. na me

    October 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    im skinny also and have stretch marks on my butt. it’s because i went through puberty flat as a board and then suddenly my butt grew when i turned 22. so even though the rest of me is still skinny, the rapid weight gain in my behind led to stretch marks. so technically, the writer is correct.

  11. Lynda

    October 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    uhm yeah I’m gonna have to disagree with you on that one about peanuts causing breakout. This is NOT false! It is the TRUTH! Peanuts cause breakouts and I can testify to that. One time I bought a whole can of peanuts from walmart when I was still in school, throughout the weeks I was eating the peanuts my acne came out in full force. The pimples were gone when I stopped eating the damn peanuts. I am not allergic to peanuts so allergy wasn’t the cause of my breakout during that period.

  12. bbii

    October 5, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    in your situation.. but majority of the skinny girls had stretch marks b4 during and after puberty..and we in no way are stressed…i think somebody just decided to put their own opinions based on minimal research.. peanuts cause break outs i just spoke to my dematologist.. eat a whole bars of snickers chocolates and maybe u would change your mind. although he sed choclates dont cause pimples.. the nuts in them do

  13. bbii

    October 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    i dont like the false information being posted here
    1.) anti pespirants..not all doedorants CAN cause.. not just any cancer but BREAST CANCER. .. because anti pespirants prevent sweat from excretion through the skin… it becomes a toxic build up and over time if you dont allow sweat be released could lead to breast cancer..because sweat is waste and should leave the body and anti pespirants prevent sweat from leaving the body.

    2.) peanuts and oily foods can also lead to break outs especially if you are more prone to acne. it is not an allergy.. it can be pretty obvious on peoples faces.. others may not get it on their faces but it can breakout on their backs. shoulders, chests, and others are just going to have more oily skin than usual.. it is not an allergy.

    3.) stretch marks can be caused by weight gain or loss and it is not stress induced.. but not in all cases.. for people who are skinny and thin there is a possibility that u may be increasing in size and it is a build up of fattening foods over the years. stretch marks can fade with products chosen correctly to match your skin and how deep the marks are. stretch marks cannot be prevented by simply telling a human being not to gain weight or not to lose weight. that doesnt make sense.
    besides these products in advanced countries that are used for stretch marks would not be approved by the drugs acts of the government if these products were advertizing is tested and scientifically proven to work with CONSTANT use.

  14. Zenna

    October 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    thank you bbibi! exactly my thought what kind of false information is bellanaija spreading here?
    I don’t believe they are all wrong but abeg (bella/azara) back your information with better and more substantial evidence.

    1) toothpaste can be very harsh to the skin abeg don’t use it.

    2) with nuts I don’t. I noticed that I have outbreak with peanuts and butter but not with almonds which has less saturated fat and has been proven to be good for dieting. If you don’t have problem with peanuts then have ball is good for your skin

    the issue of deodorants is still being debated so don’t pass it has false:

  15. Zenna

    October 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    about my comment; not trying to be harsh on the guys at bellanaija, luv you guys but i just thought that information was misplaced.

    Considering all the effort that goes into maintaining this site. well done

  16. Azara

    October 6, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for all the comments, it’s good to see feedback (both positive and negative) concerning the issue at hand.

    However, if you READ the information carefully you will see that certain mentioned issues in the Commentaries have ALREADY been addressed in the article itself.

    1. “depending on one’s genetic disposition, certain individuals are more likely than others to breakout regardless of how much chocolate they consume or not”

    2. Breaking out in pimples, rashes or having any kind of adverse reactions to nuts, is a signal that one is allergic to the product.

    3. The article states that strectch marks CAN be caused by weight gain or weight loss that could be stress related.

    4. Regardless of one’s size, the first sight of stretch marks begin during puberty, and stretch marks are a result of a change in weight.
    5. The issue of Deodrants causing Cancer is sensitive, and if you have evidence proving that it does, please post the link to SUPPORT your argument.

    All topic presented at hand has been thoroughly researched, if your argument is supported by substantial research, please send your email to [email protected], so that a correction or addition can be made.


  17. Jorge

    October 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Such garbage – FDA and Amercan Cancer Soc clearly indicate that there are no data showing antiperspirants or deodoranrs cause cancer. – breast or otherwise. That is pure garbage,”bbii”.

  18. Lauretta

    October 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    you could use blotting sheets or a blotting powder to absorb the oil..hope this helps..:)

  19. Jorge

    October 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Educating the ignorant folks here understand a scientific issue (cancer from antiperspirantrs and deodorants is a technical issue – it’s sensitive only to the ignorant) is beyond the scope of what can be accomplished. AGAIN ,- I refer them to the US Food and Drug Administration and the American Cancer Society – 2 groups that have to live with their positions (unlike the ignorant bbii) – that have carefully reviewed all the data and do NOT find such an association.

  20. newb

    October 20, 2009 at 1:48 am

    i think you need to see a different dermatologist.

  21. Jorge

    October 21, 2009 at 3:37 am

    bbii is an idiot – there are NO data that antipersprunats and deodorants cause cancer. AS the FDA and the American Cancer soc. have observed!

  22. tayo

    October 22, 2009 at 3:08 am

    jorge…!!! why areyou taking it personal.. three comments by you already… so insultive…. what is the matter with someone stating their opinions about and issue.. you keep mentioning the fda amd american cancera assosiation.. why dont you support your statement with a link instead of being so insultive to whomever does not agree with your opinion

  23. bbii

    October 22, 2009 at 3:15 am

    thank you tayo…i just checked this sight to see if anybody added new ..reasonable opinions and i saw this ridiculous things written by jorge.. first of all i am not an idiot.. i hold a degree in politicsa nd international relations and i plan to go to law school. secondly i think you are under some pressure of some sort to try and convince people that you are right and someoone else in an idiot or talks garbage…i believe u have a look way to go in life…u r obviously a child..or where the one who posted the information on this site and you do not like when someone opposes you arguement..and i feel sorry for u if u r an employee of bella naija’s site… why didnt you have strong arguements against other things i mentioned with clear examples like i did.. have you ever been to a higher institution..jorge.. go there and learn how to act principled when you feel otherwise about someone else’s position on an issue.. three good comments continuosly for no reasons… loool!!
    i rest my case..

  24. bbii

    October 22, 2009 at 3:16 am

    sorry i meant site……..instead of sight…( i was so eager to reply this…jorge or whatever.. i didnt check my typing errors…)

  25. tayo

    October 22, 2009 at 3:33 am

    what happened to the comment i posted …it got removed…na wa..oo because i supported the bbii person.. i still stand by what i said.. why does the jorge have to be so insultive… for what reasons… you can give your points without being so personal about someone else’s.. dont worry bbii we all understand what happens when you type really fast and dont crosscheck….i agree with bbii and so does zenna and other people waiting for jorge to call them idiots too….back whatever u want to say with urls..instesd of calling fda… or cancer assosiations…hiss

  26. NaturallyGlam

    October 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    To be honest, you have to take everything that the FDA and other people say with a grain of salt. Today they will say deodorant doesn’t cause cancer, and tomorrow it does. It is the same thing that they said about cell phones and numerous other stuff before that. So people should believe what they want, but at the same time you can never take too many precautions.

    One thing I do want to say, is that there is a link between food and acne. As much as doctors and everyone else says that food cannot contribute to skin problems, it does. I have seen first hand for myself! I had mild/moderate acne and it was definitely due to eating too many processed food, something typical of the American/college diet. I started drinking one cup of water with lemon juice and cranberry juice in the morning before I ate (to help clear toxins from my liver/body) and started eating mainly fruits, cutting out breads and other processed items. My skin is looking better than it has since I started getting acne, and this is without the use of chemicals!

  27. linda

    November 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    please bella naija. i need help;sos. can any one give me the secret to rich, healthy, blemish free skin? i have tried all brands of cosmetics, some very expensive like makari, clear essence, but it even leaves me with more blemishes and discoloration;abeg, ple help; i will be getting married in december. i need the type of skin ini edo and genevieve have. help me ooohhh

  28. jorge

    November 5, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Here’s surprise bbii, a degree in social science does not qualify one to comment on cancer etiology. My PhD is in microbiology and I’ve worked in the consumer product industry for many years with responsibilities that included safety assessment. Unlike you – I am both educated and familiar with the subject.
    To a commenter – the FDA and the Am. Cancer Soc have never said deodorants cause cancer – they clearly said there is the evidence offered is unconvincing. Scientists rarely say “never”.
    Lastly ( and again!!) get off your butts, leaving your computer and the the odd news story (such as zenna’s*) and stop being so fearful of life. As for Aluminum – even if there were elevated aluminum levels, so what? Aluminum is not a recognized carcinogen. Also (AGaIN!!) LOOK at labels. Deodorants do NOT contain parabens.

    * zenna – tell us bout the news stories of crop circles. Think a cancer link there?

  29. carla

    December 7, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Try using Bare Minerals.Make sure you use the matte foundation if you are medium to dark and top it with the mineral veil.This thing works like magic, believe me.All you do is swirl, tap & buff.

  30. Jorge

    December 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks Azure. Of course bbii – with the irrelevant degree in journalism – has no evidence of cancer etiology other than the odd activist internet site.

  31. Oluyemisi

    January 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Sincerely,i just want to commend that there is a correlation btw acne and foods but not all foods.e.g peanut,instead,it builds the immune system,suppresses heavy mentrual flow.

  32. anuoluwapo

    February 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    oh….i love it, thanks it’s really a fantastic fact.u’v unravelled the mystery behind pimples.

  33. gech

    February 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    taking abt d deodorant………….i will say true.dnt use deodorant that have aluminium and ZAcorium, it causes cancer…………..check d content be4 you use!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Femiluv

    March 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for the info on nuts.!!

  35. jorge

    March 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    illiterate gech is as ignorant of cancer and its causes as of correct spelling.

    The word is Zirconium (“look it up”) and it’s not been associated with cancer. Of course the FDA and American Cancer Soc have not found the alleged association of aluminum and breast cancer to be supported by all the current scietific data.

  36. rahma

    August 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

    din knew abo the sun screen…. abeg abeg abeg

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