We asked top skin-care experts to weigh in on the biggest Pinterest beauty fails -- and tell us how to make them over -- and salvage our skin.
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The DIY: Blackhead-Busting Face Masks With Lemon Juice
What you should do instead: Dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo of Skinfluence NYC recommends mixing Bentonite clay (you can find it in vitamin and natural food stores) with water to create a blackhead-busting mask. It helps draw out skin impurities; use it one to two times per week and you'll start to see your blackheads do a disappearing act.
The DIY: Toothpaste as a Pimple Treatment
Nearly every dermatologist we spoke to said toothpaste as a pimple treatment is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. It dries the skin around the pimple, not the actual pimple, says dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "Some varieties of toothpaste can be caustic, and overnight contact can burn skin," adds Fusco. Meaning: Your pimple is going to be a whole lot angrier and inflamed than it already was.
What you should do instead: For those painful, below-the-surface blemishes, resist the urge to squeeze them. Instead, ice them. Graf says this will help constrict the pimple (and ease the throbbing pain.) You can also apply 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to a surprise pimple -- Graf says it's the closest thing to an in-office cortisone shot (which can magically erase cystic acne) as you can get.
The DIY: Face Scrub With Coffee Grounds
What you should do instead: If you love the feeling of a physical exfoliant scrubbing away your dead skin cells, Fusco says a better option is to add finely ground sugar to your cleanser -- it melts as you use it, making it a gentler option. It's also a natural source of glycolic acid.
The DIY: Baking Soda as a Face Scrub
What you should do instead: Peredo recommends whipping up a mask of papaya and pineapple. Papaya contains a natural alpha-hydroxy acid and pineapple contains exfoliating enzymes; together, they gently resurface the skin with little to no irritation.