5 Men’s Grooming Myths You Have to Stop Believing

Throughout our lives, we’ve all heard different myths we’ve probably never questioned, like that whole thing about drowning if you swim right after eating. We know some of these might have a bit of truth. Or maybe not. But what about grooming myths? You’ve probably been told a lot of them over the years. And if you actually believe them, you probably aren’t as well-groomed as you could be. Here are five major grooming myths you’ve been told time and again — debunked.

1. If you have acne, you should wash your face frequently

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This statement is so false. In fact, if you have acne, you should wash your face just twice a day: when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Washing your face a lot won’t cure your acne, and it can actually make the problem worse. By constantly stripping your skin of its natural oils, it will start producing more oil, and more oil means more acne.

But there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you plan on going to the gym, you need to wash your face before and after working out with a mild cleanser. Or, if you prefer, keep a package of face wipes in your gym bag such as Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes.

2. If your skin is oily, you shouldn’t use moisturizer

man applying moisturizer to his face

Absolutely everyone needs to moisturize | iStock.com

This is not true. Every skin type needs moisturizer. Moisture and oil aren’t exactly the same things, but if your skin doesn’t get enough moisture, it will produce more oil. There is a fine line between hydrated and oily. However, people with oily skin shouldn’t use just any old moisturizer, they should use one specifically formulated for their skin type. Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer is an example of a great product for oily skin. This light moisturizer not only helps your skin maintain proper hydration levels, but it also reduces the appearance of pores and shininess.

3. Always shave “against the grain”

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No. Just, no. Always shave with the grain. Shaving against the direction of your hair growth can cause problems like irritated skin, razor burn, bumps, and even ingrown hairs. While shaving against the grain will give you a slightly closer shave, the risks simply outweigh the benefits. Would you rather have a closer shave or red, irritated skin?

If you know how to shave properly, it’s easy to get a close shave without irritating your skin. The most important thing you need to do to get a proper shave is to figure out which way your hair is growing because different sections can grow in different directions. Then, before you get to the actual shaving part, you need to prepare your skin. Wash your face with warm water and apply pre-shave oil to soften up the hair. Then, lather up your shaving cream and shave using short strokes.

4. If you wear a hat every day, you will lose your hair

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Wear a hat as often as you please | iStock.com

This information is very false. Hats alone do not cause hair loss. However, wearing hats on a daily basis can accelerate hair loss under certain conditions. This is because bacteria from dirty hats (like the one you wear every day to the gym) can cause scalp infections. A scalp infection can lead to hair loss. So, if you like wearing a hat, don’t wear the same one every day and clean them frequently. The easiest way to do this is with a hat cleaning spray or in the washing machine.

5. Stress gives you gray hair

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Stress doesn’t cause gray hair on its own | iStock.com

This statement is both true and false. We’ve all heard about the guy who got the promotion at work and all the stress made his formerly dark mane go gray. Well, it turns out, it wasn’t just the job that caused the color change. Gray hair isn’t caused by stress alone. It’s caused by a variety of factors. Much like your skin, your hair changes with age. Aging, which is clearly an unavoidable process, can make your hair turn gray. Ethnicity is another major factor. Caucasians gray the earliest followed by Asians and African Americans. Stress still accelerates the process of pigment loss, but stress alone just isn’t the culprit.