A worrying number of DIY beauty trends have taken off on TikTok.
Social media users have shared videos of themselves trying out dangerous hacks including attempting to remove moles from their bodies.
Disturbing videos show people trying to get rid of their moles by scraping, burning them or using chemicals.
Experts have since warned about the dangers of this and urged people to seek out professional help if they want a mole removed.
NHS GP and the medical director of Cosmedics skin clinics, Dr Ross Perry, has explained that there isn’t a safe way to remove a mole at home and that trying to do it yourself could cause permanent damage.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “This needs to be done by a qualified doctor or dermatologist who is trained and knows what they are doing.
“Using chemicals or attempting to ‘scrape’ off a mole could lead to infections, bleeding, scarring and deformity of the area.”
Other worrying trends on TikTok have seen people using bleach to whiten their teeth and putting eyelash glue on their lips to make them appear bigger.
Hundreds have watched these sort of videos, which has prompted The British Association of Dermatologists, the British Dental Association and the British Skin Foundation all to speak out on the matter.
Experts from each have advised people not to try these at home ‘treatments’ for themselves.
Dr Anjali Mahto, a spokesperson for the British Association of Dermatologists said: “It is important to remind people that social media should not be used as a primary source for dermatology issues.
“When it comes to skin, it can lead to unnecessary fear or panic where it is not needed, wasting of resources such as money on products unable to treat medical problems, potential delay in treatment, as well as potentially worsening one’s psychological health.”
Similarly, Dr Adil Sheraz of the British Skin Foundation told the BBC: “Eyelash glue contains cyanoacrylate which is known to be a contact allergen. Applying a potentially allergenic chemical to lips could result in a severe reaction.”
A spokesperson for the British Dental Association added: “The BDA is concerned about the DIY trend to whiten teeth with levels of hydrogen peroxide that are higher than that permitted in over-the-counter products.
“Using higher concentrations unsupervised, as some videos advocate, raises the risk of damage to teeth and gums, including burns to the mouth, tooth and gum sensitivity, as well as irritated or inflamed gums.”
So there you have it folks, definitely don’t try any of this at home!
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