These Pinterest Hacks Are Ruining Your Skin


For all that Pinterest gives us in the way of beauty inspiration, healthy recipes, et al., occasionally I come across a face-palm-worthy post that makes me want to scream, "DON'T DO IT" at my computer screen. #PinterestFails are practically a rite of passage, but when it comes to, say, rubbing hand sanitizer on your face because a user said it helped them get rid of a zit, we cross into a gray area of skin safety.

I'll admit to dabbing toothpaste on a pimple in the hopes of shrinking it (haven't we all?), but when do we say when? Or perhaps the real question is this: Which of these so-called acne hacks actually work, and which ones are actually causing more damage?

To find out, we ran some of the most popular DIY pimple tips by New York City dermatologist Julie Russak, MD. Below, find her verdict on everything from good old toothpaste to crushed-up aspirin, and please—please—DIY away your blemishes accordingly.