How Bad Is It Really?

How Bad Is It Really? sets the record straight on all the habits and behaviors you’ve heard might be unhealthy. Keep scrolling to learn what you should avoid and what you can officially stop worrying about.

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How Bad Is It Really to Pop Cystic Acne?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Canned Tuna Every Day?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Old Coffee?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Shrimp?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Use a Gas Stove?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With a Bra On?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Swallow Gum?
Health
an illustration of a person cutting their cuticles
How Bad Is It Really to Cut Your Cuticles?
Health
an illustration of a person cleaning their dirty bathroom
How Bad Is It Really to Never Deep Clean Your Bathroom?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Washing Machine?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Standing Up?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Shower After Eating?
Health
an illustration of a dirty dishwasher that needs to be cleaned
How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Dishwasher?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Pick a Scab?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Cook on a Charcoal Grill?
Nutrition
iIllustration of a person putting on sunscreen at night in a green bathroom
How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With Sunscreen On?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Work the Same Muscle Two Days in a Row?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Raw Fish and Meat?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Fib to Your Doctor?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With Wet Hair?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Espresso?
Nutrition
An illustration of a pair of airpods that are covered in dirt and earwax, against a light blue background
How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Earbuds?
Health
An illustration of a package of open baby wipes on the back of a toilet , in a bathroom with peach tile
How Bad Is It Really to Use Baby Wipes Down There?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Window AC Unit?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Pull Out a Gray Hair?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Dark Liquors Over Clear Liquors?
Nutrition
An illustration of a pillowcase stained with makeup, to represent sleeping in makeup
How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With Makeup On?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Boil Vegetables?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Microwave Plastic?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Teapot?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Wear Glasses With an Old Prescription?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Keep Hitting the Snooze Button?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Mix Caffeine and Alcohol?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Instant Coffee?
Nutrition
An illustration of a person squeezing blackheads on their nose
How Bad Is It Really to Squeeze Out Blackheads?
Health
An illustration of a person holding a pack of wet wipes in the bathroom, wondering if wet wipes are bad for you
How Bad Is It Really to Use Wet Wipes?
Health
Illustration of a person holding in a sneeze
How Bad Is It Really to Hold in a Sneeze?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Multitask?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Use White Noise for Sleep?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Coffee With Cream?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Yoga Mat?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Share a Bar of Soap?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Use the Same Loofah Forever?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Artificially Flavored Coffee Every Day?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With a Fan On?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Coffee in the Afternoon?
Nutrition
an illustration of a microwave with a filter on the bottom
How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Microwave Filters?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Pick Your Nose?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Mix Different Types of Alcohol?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Try a Teatox?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Replace Your Kitchen Sponge?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With the TV On?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Cook in Cast-Iron Pans?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Add Sugar to Your Coffee?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Let Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Always Go Barefoot at Home?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink French Press Coffee?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Cheese Every Day?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Pop a Pimple?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Grilled or Smoked Fish and Meats?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Oven?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Shower?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really if Your Knees Go Over Your Toes During Squats and Lunges?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Take Hormonal Birth Control?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Do Cardio?
Fitness
Illustration of someone drinking alcohol and pushing away a plate of food, as a concept of alcohol on an empty stomach
How Bad Is It Really to Drink Alcohol on an Empty Stomach?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Wear an Underwire Bra?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Meat Every Day?
Nutrition
Illustration of a person sleeping with earplugs
How Bad Is It Really to Sleep With Earplugs Every Night?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Deep Clean Your House?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Eat Fish?
Nutrition
Illustration of someone skipping their annual physical exam
How Bad Is It Really to Not Get an Annual Checkup?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Wash Your Hair and Makeup Brushes?
Health
Illustration of a can of DEET being sprayed on mosquitos
How Bad Is It Really to Use DEET?
Health
Illustration of someone running on a treadmill, holding on to the railings
How Bad Is It Really to Hold on to the Treadmill Railings?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Rarely Wash Your Sheets?
Health
Illustration of a hand holding a mug of coffee and another hand saying no to breakfast, to represent drinking coffee on an empty stomach
How Bad Is It Really to Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Change Your Pillow?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Crack Your Back Every Day?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Use Antiperspirant?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Farm-Raised Salmon?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Use the Same Toothbrush Forever?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Sit Around in Sweaty Workout Clothes?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Tilapia?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Use Disinfectant All the Time?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Do Push-Ups Every Day?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Strength Train?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Use Q-Tips in Your Ears?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Snore?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Carbs Before Bed?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Skip Protein After a Workout?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Wear a Tampon for Longer Than 8 Hours?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep Late on the Weekends?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Never Stretch?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Take OTC Painkillers Regularly?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Not Floss?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Re-Wear Dirty Workout Clothes?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Follow an Inconsistent Sleep Schedule?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Crack Your Knuckles?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Bounce When You Stretch?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Skip Washing Your Hands After Using the Bathroom?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Skip a Cooldown?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Do Planks When You’re Pregnant?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Reuse a Plastic Water Bottle?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Not Wear Sunscreen Indoors?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep Fewer Than 7 Hours a Night?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Food That's Been Out for Hours?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Skip Sunscreen if You 'Never' Burn?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Food That Fell on the Floor?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink More Than the Daily Recommended Amount of Coffee?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Dessert Every Day?
Weight Management
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Non-Organic Foods to Save Money?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Not Wash Your Hair After Every Single Workout?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Alcohol Before Bed?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Skip a Warm-Up?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Use Disinfecting Wipes on Your Hands if You Don’t Have Sanitizer?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Do a High-Intensity Workout While You're on Your Period?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Bite Your Nails?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Use Blue Light Before Bed?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Use Hand Sanitizer All the Time?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Take Expired Over-the-Counter Medicine?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Run in Old Sneakers?
Fitness
illustration of woman with wine bottle on video chat during coronavirus pandemic lockdown
How Bad Is It Really That You're Drinking More During Lockdown?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Work Out Without a Bra?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Do the Same Workout Every Single Day?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Sit With Your Legs Crossed?
Health
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How Bad Is It Really to Work Out With Sore Muscles?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Eat Expired Food?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Skip Breakfast?
Nutrition
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How Bad Is It Really to Drink Alcohol After a Workout?
Health
Illustration of a kettlebell on a bed at nighttime, representing the concept of working out before bed
How Bad Is It Really to Work Out Right Before Bed?
Health
Illustration of a blue water bottle with words wash me on yellow background
How Bad Is It Really to Never Clean Your Water Bottle?
Health
An illustration of a green pepper with the words "wash me" written on the side, to represent unwashed fruits and vegetables
How Bad Is It Really to Eat Unwashed Fruits and Vegetables?
Nutrition
Illustration of nightshade vegetables with flames above them that cause inflammation
How Bad Is It Really That Nightshade Fruits and Veggies Cause Inflammation?
Nutrition
Graphic illustrating a to-do list that skips showering after a workout
How Bad Is It Really to Not Shower After a Workout?
Fitness
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How Bad Is It Really to Sleep Right After You Eat?
Weight Management