There is a hack for everything these days. And while some hacks can indeed save time and effort, some of them do more harm than good. This is especially true for skincare. At-home hacks like toothpaste or Vicks for pimples are quite commonly used, even though they have been proven to damage the skin.
So, to save you from harming your skin in the process of finding an easy way to deal with your skin woes, here are five at skincare hacks you should never, we repeat, never try at home — and why!
- 01. ‘Melting’ your blackheads
- 02. Using lemon juice as a bleach
- 03. Cinnamon as lip plumpers
- 04. Baking soda for skin whitening
- 05. Waxing your face to ‘fix’ surface issues
01. ‘Melting’ your blackheads
Repeat this with us: “Never squeeze out your own blackheads!” Trying to pop out your blackheads can cause irritation and scarring, not to mention it is very painful too. There’s a popular hack that requires melting your blackheads with petroleum jelly and applying a hot towel on top. But, let us tell you that doing so will clog your pores further and worsen your woes. The only way to get rid of the stubborn blackheads is to get it extracted by an aesthetician.
02. Using lemon juice as a bleach
Lemon juice is a popular DIY ingredient used in a bunch of at-home skin treatments. And while it is safe to use, once you counter it’s acidity with gentler ingredients or dilute it, it should never be applied directly on your skin. For instance, using it as a bleach for dark patches on your face, underarms or even to lighten lips can cause redness, peeling and burning.
03. Cinnamon as lip plumpers
The internet is filled with lip plumping hacks that claim to replace injections or surgeries to temporary plump your lips. One of them is to mix cinnamon powder with honey and rub it on your lips. The skin on your lips is super thin and an irritant like cinnamon can damage them. Many people are known to be allergic to cinnamon as well, so taking that chance is not worth the risk.
04. Baking soda for skin whitening
While baking soda does have temporary brightening properties, it also messes with the natural pH level of your skin, strips it of natural oils and makes it extremely dry. So, steer clear of this hack.
05. Waxing your face to ‘fix’ surface issues
The only place you should be getting your face waxed is at a parlour; done by professionals and with the goal of hair removal. Waxing your face at home to fix surface skin issues like whiteheads, dead skin or tanning is a big no-no. You might end up burning and scarring your skin.