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.
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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.