There are some crazy DIY skincare trends on TikTok that claim seemingly magical properties to brighten skin, clear pores, and heal cystic acne overnight. But what does a dermatologist think of these? We asked Apostrophe Medical Director Dr. Aimee Paik what she really thinks about these DIY trends.
Here’s what Dr. Paik has to say about this increasingly popular trend:
“The cold temperature of ice constricts blood vessels which may help reduce redness and puffiness. That being said these effects are only temporary, lasting several minutes.” Dr. Paik goes on to say these icing treatments don’t help with fine lines and wrinkles or reduce acne. Dr. Paik advises that “you’re really better off with a retinoid, a good sunscreen, and potentially other treatments as recommended by your dermatologist.”
Baking soda hacks seems to constantly be circulating with wild claims ranging from healing acne to brightening hyperpigmentation. Here’s what Dr. Paik has to say about this trend: “The alkaline nature of baking soda may serve as a skin exfoliant but unfortunately this is not going to help with acne scars.” Pigmentation and scarring left by acne resides deeper in the skin and can't be addressed with a superficial skin exfoliant like baking soda or other scrubs. “Baking soda does not treat or prevent acne, nor does it stimulate the production of collagen” Dr. Paik says. As per usual, it’s best not to mess with these DIY masks when retinoids are proven to target all those issues!
This is the viral TikTok that took the skincare community by storm causing people to strap a cut potato to their cystic acne with the hopes it will magically go away. Dr. Paik says “I don’t think there is anything particularly special about a potato that would help with acne… especially in such a short time period.” Most people trying this “hack” claim to see improvements overnight with surprising results! Dr. Paik goes on to say, “Any improvement is really going to be from the cooling effect as well as the pressure against the skin which can reduce swelling.” Once again, the best thing to do if you’re struggling with cystic acne is to see a board-certified dermatologist so they can create the right treatment plan for you (which won’t include potatos).
You’ve surely seen these painful looking peel off masks all over the internet. Here’s Dr. Paik’s reaction: “Oh goodness! This one is a PLEASE DON’T! I don’t see any benefit that can be gained from a mask like this so just don’t do it.” Well… I think that’s crystal clear! 😅
Another classic hack that claims to magically vanish your acne in a matter of hours. Dr. Paik spills the details on this popular hack:
“While there is some evidence that garlic has antibacterial properties against c. acnes in vitro (i.e. in a petri dish), we also know garlic can cause skin rashes. There is no scientific data that garlic actually helps acne. Any reports of improvement are purely anecdotal and not validated by studies. You’re better off sticking with acne treatments with proven efficacy and lower risks of side effects.”
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