14 BEAUTY TRENDS THAT ARE UTTERLY DANGEROUS

All the hair, skin, and makeup trends that you see daily on the Internet may look so cool but according to experts, they are dangerous and off-limits.

A set of shot glasses

THE FAMOUS #KYLIEJENNERCHALLENGE

The social media world went out of control, when Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family, refused the use of lip fillers to accomplish her ever-expanding pout, and preferably associated her look to the use of suction cup-like devices. The emotional young teens keen to get lips like Kylie, apparently overnight, began the #KylieJennerChallenge, which included artificially plumping their lips with the control of a shot glass or 2-liter soda bottleneck. Indeed, this method can make the lips look even twice the size, but according to experts, it’s perilously dangerous. Melanie D. Palm, MD, San Diego-based dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, informs, “The process can cause permanent tissue damage, broken blood vessels, and even numbness or loss of function around the mouth.” He warns, “It may seem like a silly and fun prank, but it can have permanent and blatantly visible side effects on your face.”

Person wrapping waist trainer

USING WAIST TRAINERS TO GAIN A SLIM MIDSECTION

This one is too, inaugurated by the Kardashian crew. The trend includes wrapping a corset-like bodice for many hours of the day for elongated periods to accomplish the perfect hourglass shape.

However, the problem with this perceived figure-slimming fix is the possible health havoc that can occur from its use. According to Grace Anglin, a nurse practitioner at Capizzi MD in Charlotte, North Carolina, “Consider how tight this garment feels on your skin when you put it on; then imagine how it makes your internal organs feel.” She says, “Squeezing your organs together and decreasing the available internal space they have is not a good thing.” Your most trustworthy chance for a more complimentary physique is the old-school approach of going to the gym and having a healthy, well-balanced food.

A smiling woman with a mole on her face

TRYING TO REMOVE A MOLE AT HOME

Almost all of us have moles and, yes, they can be disturbing and irritating. But please consult the assistance of a board-certified dermatologist, if you’re desiring to get rid of one. Don’t ever try to do it yourself. Anna Guanche, MD, dermatologist and founder of the Bella Skin Institute, says, “I’ve seen people with red sores all over their body where they tried to use eggplant extract or some other herbal online remedy to remove their own moles.” She tells, “The result is they’re all scarred up oftentimes permanently.”

Another reason to go to a professional is, your dermatologist can have the mole examined to be assured that it’s not cancerous.

Woman getting a face botox

ORDERING BOTOX ONLINE AND INJECTING IT ON YOUR FACE

Hundreds of websites sell an injectable they insist is Botox or something supposedly alike. They even send it directly to your home. This happens every day, believe it or not. It may appear fascinating, and what makes it more appealing is the fact that it costs half of the cost of going to a medical practice and having it injected by a qualified practitioner. Anglin warns, “Not only is there no way for you to know what you’re actually injecting, those without medical backgrounds or experience with neurotoxins should not be injecting any products for this purpose.”

A person spraying a moisture in hands

USING DEODORANT AS MAKEUP PRIMER

Deodorant is formed to absorb sweat beneath your armpits during the day, and it’s surely not prepared to do the same for your face. But still, people have begun to use it as a face primer. And according to experts, that’s not a great idea. Anglin says, “Putting deodorant on your face will likely lead to clogged pores, which could result in blackheads and acne.” “Furthermore, the fragrances used in deodorant could possibly irritate and inflame the skin on your face,” she adds.

A person holding a sponge under a faucet

FIXING SELF-TANNING STREAKS WITH A MAGIC ERASER

Few beauty bloggers are justifying that a cleansing sponge that is proposed to remove stains throughout your house can also be used as a quick-fix solution for self-tanner streaks. They are swearing by the Magic Eraser. The experts who spoke to Reader’s Digest declares that it’s not a smart idea. Dr. Palm says, “The sponges are not only abrasive, but they contain chemicals that should not be placed on the skin, let alone scrubbed into it.” She tells, “It can cause rashes, itching, skin breakdown and, in rare circumstances, a systemic and life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.” For a streak-free faux tan, she advises peeling before using it and cleaning the palms and soles of your feet completely shortly after application.

A closeup shot of regular school glue

APPLYING GLUE TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS

Blackheads are basically sealed pores that seem like brown dots on your face. They’re difficult to remove, but luckily there are lots of treatments that work. But one thing to not use is “Glue”. Yes. We are talking about glue. There has been a new trend of applying usual school glue to remove blackheads and other spots on your face. Apart from the risk of getting it in your eye, this kind of glue is not prepared for your face. Anglin warns that it can leave your skin irritated and more terrible than it was before. She recommends consulting a qualified aesthetician frequently for dermaplaning, extractions, and light chemical peels.

A closeup shot of an eye

MAKING YOUR OWN EYELASH SERUM

There are lots of over-the-counter and prescription products guaranteeing to lengthen and volumize your lashes. Give them a try, instead of preparing your own solution in your kitchen. Anglin says, “We all need to remember how important our eyes are and how sensitive they can be.” She continues, “Plus, there are so many options available on the market, such as Latisse, that safely promote the growth of long healthy lashes.”

Girl with dark circles underneath her eyes

APPLYING HEMORRHOID CREAM TO PUFFY EYES

No one likes under-eye bags and dark circles, but the most useful remedies don’t suggest Preparation H. They suggest sleep, hydration, and cooling products. John Diaz, MD, a plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills, states, “There is a reason hemorrhoid creams are used for a specific area on the body. The ingredients are not meant to be near sensitive areas like your eyes.” He says, “Instead use chilled cucumber slices or cold packs under your eyes to reduce swelling.”

A pink ribbon

TREATING YOUR OWN SKIN CANCER WITH BLACK SALVE

Black salve, also acknowledged by the brand name Cansema, is a dangerous and contentious alternative cancer treatment that a lot of people are using to cure themselves while living comfortably in their homes. But the stuff is toxic, according to experts.  Dr. Guanche says, “The product is commonly classified as an escharotic. A topical paste that burns and destroys skin tissue and leaves behind a thick, black scar called an eschar.”

Alternatively, consult a dermatologist immediately to ensure you’re receiving proper treatment.

A hair dryer and some other hair accessories

GETTING A BRAZILLIAN BLOWOUT

You may or may not have heard about this famous hair straightening treatment that gives smoother, sleeker hair in result. Even though it’s applauded as a hair-repairing solution, because it challenges not to provoke any damage to the follicles, experts still warn that it’s hazardous to your health. Dr. Guanche says, “The FDA has issued strong health warnings about the risk of allergic reactions, toxicity, and asthma attacks caused by the high levels of formaldehyde used in this process.” She tells, “Even ‘formaldehyde-free’ blowouts have formaldehyde, so I recommend hair conditioners and masks instead.”

Person holding a laboratory flask

BUYING CHEMICAL PEEL INGREDIENTS AND DOING IT YOURSELF

A chemical peel is a sort of treatment that involves burning the skin to the point of it peeling off. And you should definitely consult a professional for it, instead of trying to do it at home. If it’s done by a professional, it can be great for skin renovation. So, avoid doing it yourself with ingredients bought online. Jacqui Terese, a medical aesthetician in the offices of Dr. Joseph A Russo in Boston, warns, “There is no way of knowing what’s really in the product purchased, and there are many counterfeit products out there which can be very dangerous.” He says. “A reputable distributor would never allow this, as their products are only sold to medically managed offices with codes for tracking purposes.”

Assorted color pencils

USING CRAYONS AND COLOR PENCILS AS MAKEUP

Pencils and crayons are designed for arts and crafts projects, clearly not to be applied as makeup replacements. According to Dr. Palm, “Although most of these coloring tools are non-toxic, they may contain higher levels of lead than what is generally recommended as safe.” She says, “Additionally, some of the colors, dyes, and stabilizers used in these creative tools are dangerous on the face, and, as a result, patients may accidentally ingest dangerous materials or develop contact allergies and skin problems or eye infections from use.”

Woman getting a facial treatment

SKIN BLEACHING

According to experts, this trend of applying original bleach on the skin to soothe redness, lighten skin tone, and clear up acne is absolutely dangerous. Joanna Shu, founder of Refresh Skin Therapy, says, “There are often dangerous chemicals in the mix, most notably hydroquinone, which is legal in the United States but has been banned in Europe and Japan because of fears that it causes cancer.” She advises applying skin-care products that include natural alternatives to hydroquinone, such as licorice or bearberry extract. She says, “They both are powerful, skin-soothing antioxidants that even out skin tone and fade dark spots, and have the safest rating on the environmental working group’s skin-deep ingredient database.”

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