Doctors are concerned about beauty advice given on TikTok

TikTok continues to popularize beauty tips, each more unusual than the next, promising exceptional results. But while some trends are harmless, others can be a bit more dangerous and actually harm your skin.

In recent months, TikTok has become THE social network to find next beauty trends. If it has revealed many cosmetic brands offering products offering great value for money, such as The Ordinary or CeraVe, this social network is best known for all unusual trends that he puts forward. Draw dark circles, apply a lot of foundation on the face, use an iced cucumber instead of a jade roller … If most of them are, at first glance, funny and without real danger for the skin, of others may have much more serious consequences. On the online magazine of New York Times, from American doctors are also warning young people against these tricks and advice provided by anonymous and / or beauty guru on TikTok. For its part, the magazine She has identified, with the help of experts, trends that need to be avoid reproducing.

Care not to be done at home

This has been TikTok’s big trend for several months now: the microneedling. Popularized by celebrities, this medical act consists of “pricking” the epidermis and dermis of the face with fine needles in order to boost collagen production. Feeling attacked and having micro-lesions, the epidermis will indeed produce much more collagen to heal. the microneedling would also have other benefits. It would allow to have a more radiant complexion and an more plumped skin. Immediately after your salon session, your face will be red, and may even start to bleed in places. But after ten days, once the skin has properly healed, the virtues of microneedling are revealed.

The only downside: the price. It is necessary to count around 150 € to carry it out in an institute. In view of this price, which is not affordable for everyone, there are many videos on TikTok offering house alternatives to microneedling. Dermaroller, pistol microneedling or sewing needles, there is no shortage of solutions and all have the same advantage: they are not very expensive and are easily accessible on the Internet. But they have a huge disadvantage: the risk of infection. As Isabelle Gallay, a dermatologist specializing in cosmetic surgery, reminds us on the ELLE magazine website, “ as these are homemade tools, you have to be very careful, have absolute hygiene and especially not to lend them, because these rollers make holes in the skin, as many entry doors for bacteria. »Thus, these alternative methods touted on TikTok may have serious consequences, and Australian reality TV star Tilly Whitfield won’t argue otherwise. After shoving sewing needles in her face, she temporarily lost the use of one eye and there are numerous scabs and redness visible on his cheekbones and nose.

Supposed benefits

But not all of TikTok’s trends have such dramatic effects, although always be careful with what you can see on social networks. Some trends may, on the contrary, not have convincing effects. This is the case with chlorophyll water. In addition to coloring your water a nice green and giving you fresh breath, chlorophyll has no proven effects on the skin, unlike some TikTok videos claim.

For Christophe Thibault, Secretary General of the Federation of Doctors of France, there is no real use in drinking liquid chlorophyll. He recently explained to the magazine SHE, that we already consume this plant pigment when we eat green vegetables, but it is destroyed by the stomach. The question then arises whether the improvement in skin quality, shown in the videos, comes from the chlorophyll or only from the amount of water drunk. As a reminder, it should drink at least 2 liters of water per day to stay well hydrated and this amount of water also allows your skin to be in better health.

Doctors on TikTok

To help young people unravel the true from the false among the millions of videos, more and more doctors, whether dermatologists or surgeons, have opened accounts on TikTok. In addition to to give advice on the right actions to adopt to have a stage skin, limit or reduce its acne, avoid the appearance of pigment spots, they. react to these harmful trends that are born on TikTok. This is what Drs Chris Tomassian and Anthony Youn are doing.

Among the trends decried by doctors, we find the scalp popping. This technique consists of yanking a bit of hair on your head until you hear a cracking sound. It would fight against headaches. Only here, by lifting your scalp to the point of a crunch, the consequences can be much more serious than they seem. This gesture can indeed have nervous repercussions on the whole body, but also create an influx of blood to the skull and therefore bruises. So if you have a headache, instead, see a doctor who will provide you with a suitable prescription.

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