10 Habits That Piss off Your Dermatologist
Here, the mistakes that make your derm bristle -- and are wrecking your complexion
A few to look out for:
-Freeze Away: Engelman says that people trust this wart-removal product due to clever marketing. "It shares a name with the procedure you get in a dermatologist office, so people think it's the same thing." But actually, this product doesn't have the same effect at all. Engelman says it scars and doesn't completely remove growths, meaning they could grow back or spread.
-Black Salve: An herbal mixture claiming to "draw out" cancers and other growths. "If you come to me with a tumor, not only will I remove it correctly, I'll also repair the area beautifully," says Engelman. Black salve, on the other hand, completely corrodes skin, leaving severe scarring and damaged tissue behind. (And if you're still not convinced, a quick image search will absolve any desire to dabble in the black salve market.)
-Acid: Jaliman says she commonly sees people who try to DIY their own peels, resulting in disastrous skin discoloration and terrible burns. "It looks easy when an acid peel is applied in a dermatology office, but there are a number of ways it can go wrong," says Jaliman. Some people don't degrease their entire face before applying it, they forget to remove it from around the corners or their nose or they use the wrong acid for their skin type, says Jaliman.
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