When's the last time you met someone whose life was changed by a trick they saw on Instagram? We're gonna go ahead and guess never. Which is surprising, considering every Instagram feed is consistently inundated with a billion beauty "hacks" to get rid of acne, fix dark spots, and turn you into a magical, beauty unicorn.
The problem is that the majority—like, almost all—of these tricks are not only created out of the sky by vloggers and influencers with no medical backgrounds, but are also incredibly, incredibly harmful for your skin, resulting in rashes, burns, and even scarring.
So rather than let you experiment with another potentially face-destroying DIY this week, we chatted with Yale University dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, to find out why, exactly, these ultra-popular hacks are complete crap.
1 THE HACK: Using Dental Floss to Extract Blackheads
🔪DIY trick using disposable floss picks and mouthwash. This trick helps to extract whiteheads and blackheads. This hack definitely works❗️If you try it, tag me 🤗 ♥️ ___________ ◾️All you need is a hot towel, floss pick, and toner. ___________ 1️⃣Take a towel and place it in hot water. Take the towel out and make sure it isn’t too hot. Also, make sure that the area is clean and place the towel on the problem area so that the heat will open up the pores. Do this for about 5 mins or so. 2️⃣Take the disposable floss pick and drag it in a scraping motion. This option is cheaper and less likely to scar you than using a metal extractor. Be sure to not over do it. 3️⃣When finished, rinse the area with a mild cleanser. 4️⃣Follow up with a toner (you can use rose water, mouthwash, or your regular toner.) ❗️If you have really sensitive skin don't use mouthwash or do a patch test first. 5️⃣Be sure to moisturize your nose after applying the toner. ----------- Tag your bestie ♥️ 👻SNAPCHAT: A_LLURE7 _____________ @hudabeauty @monakattan @alyakattan #hudabeauty #hairmakeupdiary #facemask #skincare #makeuptutorial #fashionarttut #laurag_143 #sukhimann_ #instadaily #instalike #instamood #instafashion #chico #fashion #instamakeup #indianvlogger #indianblogger #desibeautyblog #hudabeauty #allmordernmakeup #melformakeup #hypnaughtymakeup #inssta_makeup #makeupfanatic1 #brian_champagne #makeuptutorial #shimycatsmua #fakeupfix #associationofbeauty #hairmakeupdiary #liveglam #laurag_143 #brian_champagne
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2 THE HACK: Using Deodorant as a Face Primer
Deodorant & bio oil?! Before any accusations this is a brand new deodorant I bought 😊 Putting a stick of deodorant on your face may sound ridiculous, but the powdery ingredients can help mattify the face. Also, some natural deodorants include mineral salts that can help dry out zits and bacteria-fighting ingredients that can also curb breakouts. Bio oil- helps diminish the appearance of scars and also helps even out skin tone @clinique 2-1 foundation shade buttermilk @lagirlcosmetics beautiful bronze to contour classic ivory & porcelain mixed for concealer and highlight @benefitcosmetics hola bronzer @anastasiabeverlyhills glow kit that glow @urbandecaycosmetics naked lip pencil & back talk lipstick from there new vice lipstick & liner collection @hudabeauty & @shophudabeauty lashes in Carmen
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3 THE HACK: Using Nail Polish to Cover Cold Sores
How to deal with cold sores 😷 One of my sweet followers suggested I use clear nail polish on my cold sore since no lipstick will stick to that stubborn uckyness . It actually works, but I wouldn't do it unless I'm really desperate after all it is nail polish 💅🏽 Just a dab will do the trick 😘 (of course my camera stop recording the after part 😒) @gerardcosmetics Madison Ave lipgloss #howtomanagecoldsores #coldsores #tipoftheday #beautytip #dressyourfacelive #dyf #dyfarmy #dyflive #dressyourface #tutorial #makeupvideo #contour #tbt #blogger #makegirlz #glamrezy #brian_champagne #dressyourface #fiercesociety, #wakeupandmakeup, #anastasiabeverlyhills #Hudabeauty #monakattan #makeuptutorialsx0x #makeupbymario #undiscovered_muas #samerkhouzami #vegas_nay @makeupvideoss @hudabeauty @undiscovered_muas @dressyourface @instagram @makeuptutorialsx0x @nyxcanada @universalhairandmakeup @allmodernmakeup @anastasiabeverlyhills @fiercesociety @howto.makeup @makegirlz @featuring_mua @fabulous_makeupartists @sephora @lipstutorial @makeuptutorial @glambymaryam
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4 THE HACK: Using Wasabi as a Zit Spot Treatment
🍚HOW TO GET RID OF WHITEHEADS IN LESS THAN 2 MINUTES WITHOUT POPPING THEM! 🍚- no more acne, no big monstrous pimples, no clusters of pimples - just smooth pimple free skin! ——great for men too who get whiteheads from shaving facial hair🍡 All you need is WASABI!🍣 ✅Apply the wasabi with a qtip to a cleansed face ‼️USE AS A SPOT TREATMENT ONLY to your whiteheads and leave on for NO MORE THAN 2 MINS - DO NOT apply this on your entire face. Spicy ingredients like wasabi, cayenne, chilli pepper etc ARE NOT meant for your entire face as a mask. They can cause unnecessary pain if you use it all over, and can actually do more harm than good. I mean would you eat a spoon full of spice or just add a tiny bit for some flavour? Same concept applies when you use it topically. Theyre ONLY good for spot treatments, just like your “regular" acne spot treatments. ‼️ ✅Wipe off with a clean qtip ✅WASH your face after - no cleanser 🙈the whitehead will be GONE and it will NOT turn into a big annoying pimple, and it wont spread into more pimples (which whiteheads can tend to do) 🐝*this does STING. It gets red. thats normal. its doing its job. If you have extremely sensitive skin then wipe off after 20-30 seconds* 👹IM NOT CRAZY! IT WORKS! HERES WHY: -For my sushi lovers.. do you know why wasabi is served with sushi? aside from being delicious? Its because its an ANTIBACTERIAL (for the raw fish) and also a pimples worst enemy!! -JAM packed with VITAMIN C, CALCIUM, POTASSIUM, and PHYTOCHEMICALS that can help strengthen antioxidants in your body -it stimulates and increases circulation in your skin, so when you apply it topically it helps instantly heal whiteheads and generate clear, soft, smooth, healthy skin. -promotes oxygenation of cell tissues = healthy tissues = healthy beautiful skin 👄PS. i use this as a lip plumper too - check out the demo video on my feed <3 👅 👇🏽TAG A FRIEND WHO COULD USE THIS and dont forget to LIKE THIS VIDEO TO HELP A SIS OUT FAM! 👍🏾🖤 Disclaimer: As with any skin care regimen, always do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients.
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5 THE HACK: Using Lemon and Baking Soda to Brighten Armpits
Because it's almost summer 🌞 Brighten underarms (elbows & knees) with lemon & baking soda 🍋🍋🍋My skin is 3 shades lighter than when I 1st started this treatment 6 months ago. ♨️🚫Pls do not try this after shaving or wax. Wait 2 days as it will burn or even scar ur skin. It will burn a bit at first, but if burning continues & ur skin shows any sign of reaction pls wash it asap & discontinue its use. (My pits were waxed few days before & I still felt a slight burn, but once dried it was fine) lemon is natural bleach & baking soda exfoliates by removing dead skin. 🍋 TAG UR BESTIE
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