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Charcoal Face Masks and Other Skincare Trends That are Too Dangerous
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16 Jul 2017 06:06 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Activated Charcoal (Image Source: Ravedave via Wikimedia Commons)

Charcoal face masks are the latest skincare trend. The peel-off charcoal masks peel off layers of your skin, and if used too often, could potentially damage your skin, according to a dermatologist.

To use a charcoal mask, you should spread it over your skin, wait for it to set, and then peel it off.

"This is really painful," said Destiny Smith, who spoke to Action News Jax. "Can you see it pulling my skin? It's very thick and tarry."

"It's sticky, so I would imagine it would get all kinds of gook off my face," said tester Kathy Merrill, "I feel like a layer of my skin has been ripped off."

Charcoal masks can peel off the skin, according to dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Kantor.

"You are removing that protective layer, so you are increasing your risk of infection. You're increasing your risks of developing inflammation."

He also said that some of the ingredients in these masks could cause an allergic reaction. Both Smith and Merrill experienced some minor irritation but their skin was noticeably softer. Does that mean that beauty is worth the pain?

"Women will go to great lengths to get good skin, and it's shocking what we will do," said Merrill.

Still, Dr. Kantor doesn't recommend charcoal masks since they can cause chronic skin irritation. He doesn't believe the benefits outweigh the risks. Charcoal masks could be even more dangerous in the summer and could cause color pigmentation issues. Dr. Kantor says if you do use one, use a product that's made in the U.S. and to avoid D.I.Y. charcoal masks, which are all the rage thanks to YouTube and Pinterest. The pieces of the mask can stick to the hair and rip it off.

Charcoal masks aren't the only skincare trend that's dangerous. As described before, D.I.Y. beauty treatments are on the rise. Sometimes these treatments aren't done correctly, according to W Magazine. Dr. Josh Zeichner have had patients who turned to him for help after their DIY approach didn't always work out. He's had some patients who applied Botox and fillers to their own face. He's even tried it on himself and admits that it didn't go as planned.

"A patient's outcome is a direct result of the injector’s aesthetic. Because of this, I'm really cautious about allowing anyone besides myself to inject my own face. While I can give myself Botox easily, fillers have been a bit more challenging for me. The last time I gave myself fillers, I ended up with a huge bruise covering half of my face. When I had a colleague inject me, despite my faith in her, I was so nervous that I marked my own face and watched her every step of the way in a handheld mirror!"

As with any new skincare trend, it's always best to speak with a qualified dermatologist. He can determine the best course of action for your skin's problem and/or condition. And, always research skincare trends before doing it yourself or having it done on you.

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Date: 18 July, 2017
Posted by: smith
Comment: But one can seriously get attracted to these masks for the benefit of removing those annoying white and black heads
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