Harmful tips: Popular life hacks from TikTok can ruin your skinPictolic
In Tiktok you can find tips for all occasions - from cleaning to parenting. However, not all of them are as effective and safe as we would like. Experiments with the skin of the face and body can be especially risky. A leading British specialist, Dr. Ahmed El Muntasar, warns about this. He shares information about the dangers of popular trends in the social network on his page. Find out what the tips from TikTok on skin care are dangerous from our material.
Dr. Ahmed El Muntasar is one of the most experienced aesthetic medicine doctors in the UK. He tries to convey to people information about how dangerous life hacks from Tiktok can be. The doctor tells on his page about the harm that skin care methods can cause with the help of improvised means.
It is difficult to understand from the Tick-Tok videos which of the tips are based on real experience, and which are an idea that accidentally came to someone's mind. Here are some life hacks about skin care at home that can seriously harm.
This trend is gaining popularity in Tiktok, but Dr. Ahmed warns that it is very dangerous to apply it. In one of the videos, a girl shows how to make a face mask from aspirin tablets crushed into powder. She applies a paste-like mixture of powder and water to the skin of the face for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinses it off. The user claims that with the help of this mask she gets rid of acne.
The expert says that aspirin does have anti-inflammatory properties, but it should be taken exclusively by mouth. This is the only way it will help to cope with inflammation and acne, and you should not apply the drug directly to the skin and wait for a miracle. Aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which is known for its exfoliating effect.
The concentration of the substance in the tablets is dangerous for the skin. Any salicylic acid solution that is used for facial skin care usually does not contain more than 2%. More concentrated mixtures act on the skin as a peeling and should only be used under medical supervision.
Despite the fact that makeup remover wipes are very popular, the expert advises not to use them. They only remove cosmetics, but do not cleanse the skin. To clean the pores, you need to use micellar water.
Another dangerous method of dealing with skin rashes is the use of ice. In one of the videos in Tiktok, a woman says that she rubs her face with ice cubes for five minutes, and this helps her get rid of redness, inflammation and narrow pores. She also recommends not to wash in the shower and always use a separate clean towel for the face. Dr. Ahmed agrees that it is necessary to use a separate towel for the face, but washing in the shower will not cause any harm to the skin.
Another user of the social network claims that she tried a lot of skin care products, but only ice cubes helped her to reduce acne. A British specialist says that the cooling effect of ice relieves puffiness and inflammation, but does not cure acne. It's just frozen water, after which the pimples will still remain on the face. Despite the fact that ice will not harm the skin, and there is little benefit from it — it will not clean the face from acne.
In almost every video in TikTok, users bring a full pipette with a skin care product and spray it directly on their face. Although it looks impressive, Dr. Ahmed says that the pipette should not touch the skin, because bacteria from its surface will be transferred to the bottle with cosmetics and begin to multiply there. It is better to apply cosmetics on the face with your fingers.
One of the popular trends in the social network is the use of turmeric to mask pigmentation, freckles and scars. The girl mixes the spice with honey, banana mush and lemon juice and makes a face mask. Then she distributes the mixture over the skin, leaves it for 15 minutes, and then washes it off.
According to the doctor, despite the safety of this method, it will not give the desired result. Turmeric has tightening properties, so it really helps to hide pigmentation and even out skin tone. However, the effect persists for a very long time: on the same day, the skin will become the same as it was.
Pigmentation occurs as a result of an increase in the level of hormones in the body, which leads to an increase in the amount of melanin. Dr. Ahmed notes that the amount of melanin increases with prolonged exposure to the open sun. He recommends using sunscreen daily. Vitamin C and retinol also have a beneficial effect on the skin, which really help to cope with this problem.
Meanwhile, the British woman experienced the effects of fashionable cosmetic procedures. The journalist decided to share her impressions about the results and consequences of glamorous experiments with her readers.
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