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TikTok myths about skincare and acne

Chugging chlorophyll, slugging your face, DIY microneedling. STOP! Before you follow the skincare advice of influencers on TikTok, do some research. While this social platform is a lot of fun and does have some useful tips, it also has a lot of misinformation or misguided DIY suggestions. Let’s look at some TikTok Myths regarding skincare and the pursuit of healthy, youthful skin.

Can drinking chlorophyll get rid of my acne?

You’ve probably seen the TikTok influencers encouraging followers to consume chlorophyll to detox the body and get rid of acne. This is a myth.

Drinking chlorophyll-infused water to get rid of acne or improve your skin can worsen your skin condition. While chlorophyll is an antioxidant able to fight off free radicals, drinking chlorophyll water creates concentrated amounts in your body, which is unhealthy.

It can be destructive to your skin tissue and cause photosensitivity. The liquid chlorophyll can accumulate in the lining of the blood vessels of your skin, causing rashes, hyperpigmentation, or worse. Drinking chlorophyll may cause pseudoporphyria, unsightly, painful blistering of the skin, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Chlorophyll, however, can be beneficial for acne patients undergoing controlled, photodynamic therapy only. This should never be a DIY treatment.

Just eat leafy, green vegetables and get your chlorophyll naturally, in the right dosage.

Can Vaseline™ on my face at night help me look younger?

Slugging is when you slather petroleum jelly on your face at night to “seal in” your skincare products. Slugging reportedly is a popular K-beauty trend and it’s one TikTok fans love to perpetuate, claiming it helps give you younger-looking skin. We do not recommend slugging!

Slugging may cause acne and/or worsen acne. Skin occlusion, or applying an impermeable barrier over your pores, can set off outbreaks. For people who are prone to acne, slugging can exacerbate their skin condition. (Also, do you really want all that gunk on your pillow?)

Can I Do Microneedling at home to treat acne?

While microneedling can promote skin cell regeneration, which may help diminish hyperpigmentation and acne scars, it should not be done at home. Furthermore, you never want to microneedle skin that has active acne.

You are puncturing your skin and opening it to infection. Your home will not be a sterile environment. You should not have microneedling done unless you’ve first tried skincare products to treat these conditions. A Pure Skin Pro Organic CIT Facial Treatment mimics microneedling through a natural blend of unique plants combined to meet your unique skin needs and applied as a finely milled powder.

An organic CIT facial helps treat elastosis, pigment, scarring, acne, and signs of aging. This is an affordable alternative to microneedling which is done by a licensed esthetician. There’s no puncture in your skin and it’s all done using equipment and implements that are cleansed and sterilized with hospital-grade disinfectants or are made to be disposable.

Berks County, don’t turn to TikTok for acne treatment

I am a licensed esthetician specializing in acne and rejuvenating treatments performed in my Reading, Pa., studio. My acne treatment program is a four-step plan toward acne-free skin, customized to each client.

This acne treatment program entails a professional consultation, product customization, customized treatments, and maintenance. I even offer online acne treatment coaching/consultation.

Learn more about the Pure Skin Pro Acne Treatment Program and let’s start a conversation about sensible skincare and acne treatments that actually work.

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