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Health & Beauty: Fact or fallacy?

By: Gisella Silva

Did chocolates and cellphones cause your last break out? Is it true that hair grows back thicker after being shaved or waxed? Does caffeine truly increase physical performance?

Did you know that 8 hours of sleep can actually help you loose weight? Or that placing toothpaste on a zit can sometimes irritate your skin instead of drying it out? I bet you didn’t know that sleeping on your back can prevent wrinkles? We are constantly surrounded by facts, fallacies, and myths; test yourself with these four below and see if you know which ones are true and which ones are not?

1. Does chocolate cause a break out → False

For all of those chocoholics out there (I’m one of them), don’t worry, you won’t have to get rid of your secret stash of Twix. And that Reese’s you indulged in last night is not the result of your pimples (I have those too). In fact, several dermatologists, including Dr. Ava Shamban from Los Angeles stated that “there is little evidence that chocolate or any specific fatty foods [causes] acne.¨ Yes, overindulging can increase your chances of developing the condition, but you certainly shouldn´t limit yourself to a chocolaty treat once a day!

2. Your cellphone can make you break out → True

Surprisingly and disgustingly, this myth is true. According to Live Science, “Cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.¨ Now that’s gross. Clearly, before worrying about touching the toilet seat while you pee, worry about washing your face and hands after touching a phone—even if it’s your own.

3. Caffeine increases physical performance → True

Ever needed a boost of energy right before your next big soccer match? Anyone? Over 74 studies have been conducted to prove that caffeine improves physical performance. Nancy Clark, a sports nutritionist, stated that “caffeine is one of the best-tested substances to enhance an individual’s energy use, production, or recovery and is known to help athletes train harder and longer.¨ So before your next long run or even before your next practice, gulp down a cup of coffee or a caffeinated beverage and expect a boost!

4. Shaved or waxed hair grows back thicker → False

¨Don’t be afraid to shave!” says New York Dermatologic Surgeon, Jessica J. Krant! Shaved or waxed hair may appear to grow back thicker and darker, but that’s only because, unlike natural hair that has been left alone, it does not have a soft tip and it hasn´t been exposed to light for a while. So no more excuses—except in the winter—for leaving your legs unshaved!

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