A Top Derm Reveals the Pinterest DIYs You Should Never Try

Pinterest is a veritable gold mine of beauty tips, no doubt about it. However, not all of these tips actually deliver. In fact, some of them can worsen your skin (and, no, we’re not just talking about the kitty-litter face mask, because that’s just obvious). To help us figure out whether a squeeze of lemon will really brighten our dark spots or if we can swap our acne spot treatment for toothpaste, we reached out to Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. “Pinterest is a wonderful source for DIY rainy-day activities and recipes, but it's a pretty dangerous place to pick up your skincare regimen,” she says. “Remember that your skin is a delicate organ, and it functions best at a narrow pH that balances its own little ecosystem. Anything that disrupts this pH balance, either too acidic or too basic, will throw off its ideal functioning and risk inflammation, breakouts, worsening of conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema—and worse, it can even leave you with scars.” Yikes. For the top five Pinterest DIYs you should avoid at all costs, keep scrolling.