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Q There are al­ways yel­low stains on the un­der­arms of my white shirts. Does this mean I’m un­healthy?

A No, ab­so­lutely y not. Yel­low stains on your un­der­arms come from a chemical re­ac­tion be­tween the in­gre­di­ents in your de­odor­ant, your sweat, and the de­ter­gent you use to wash your clothes. s. Most anti-per­spi­rants con­tain alu­minium which helps re­duce wet­ness. How­ever, it is the alu­minium that causes the yel­low­ing of fabrics.

Q Does shav­ing ac­tu­ally cause coarser and darker re­growth?

A This is a myth. Hair that grows back af­ter you shave only has an il­lu­sion of be­ing coarser, as the blunt ends are thicker than the nat­u­ral ends. As for wax­ing, it only seems like your hair grows back slower as you’re yank­ing the hair out from the root, not cut­ting it off the top like when you’re shav­ing. It is bet­ter, how­ever, to wax as it helps to pre­vent in­grown hairs. Plus, your skin stays smoother for longer.

Q What kind of in­gre­di­ents in face wash ac­tu­ally helps re­duce pim­ples? I’m con­fused by all the op­tions on the mar­ket.

A Ac­cord­ing to Dr Ja­son Yip from the DRx Clinic, you need to look out for in­gre­di­ents like sal­i­cylic acid, gly­colic acid, al­pha hy­droxy acid (AHA), and ben­zoyl per­ox­ide in a face wash. They work by ex­fo­li­at­ing your skin. Sal­i­cylic and gly­colic acids have anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, too. Usu­ally, the in­gre­di­ents are com­bined with an­tibac­te­ri­als. He also ad­vises s that since the in­gre­di­ents men­tioned above can cause some dry­ness, they are usu­ally ly com­bined with in­gre­di­ents such as min­eral oil to keep your skin smooth.


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