With users issuing advice on how to alleviate common skincare concerns, TikTok is giving rise to a multitude of innovative skincare hacks. Here, to separate the fact from the fiction, three viral skincare trends are explained…
Citing anti-dandruff shampoo as an inadvertent cure to fungal acne, TikTok users are suggesting applying the hair product as a face mask to help clear the condition.
Fungal acne is often indicated by red bumpy pimples, and anti-fungal ingredients in skincare and haircare properties are commonly used to tackle the issue. So it is technically fact, but you’re much better off choosing specifically targeted skincare products rather than opting for a shampoo, which may not be suitable for the more sensitive skin on your face.
Look out for ingredients such as AHA and BHA exfoliators and salicylic and glycolic acid to properly clean and exfoliate skin and avoid using oils and rewearing face masks without washing them.
The new trend consists of massaging oil on your skin for 10 minutes to dislodge clogged pores and blackheads.
Fact! Massaging skin is always a great idea, and if you’re splashing out on expensive facial oils you may as well make the best of them and make your application into a ritual.
Championing the healing properties of the medicinal plant, this DIY TikTok skincare hack involves applying pure aloe vera all over the face in the hope that it will alleviate acne, dryness and irritation.
Fact or fiction?
Fact! Studies have shown that aloe vera can effectively treat burns, psoriasis, inflammation, dry skin, cuts and cold sores. You can read more about aloe vera and dermatology here.