This Pimple Popping Trick Is NOT The Answer To Your Whitehead Woes

This Pimple Popping Trick Is NOT The Answer To Your Whitehead Woes
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Pimples, whiteheads, or any other blemishes in general are pesky little things that pop up on your face during the most unexpected of times. And so we do everything imaginable to desperately try to get rid of them, using a plethora of products - from toothpaste, to acids, to creams. It doesn't matter what it is, it just HAS to work.

One beauty blogger took to the Internet her latest discovery on how to get rid of whiteheads in just 2 minutes. The answer? WASABI. 

Farah claims that using wasabi paste as spot treatment will make your blemishes vanish almost instantly. All you have to do is cleanse your skin, apply a tiny dab of wasabi to the whitehead using a cotton swab, let it marinate for no longer than two minutes, wipe it all off, and rinse with water. She also insinuates that wasabi isn't meant to be spread across your entire face as it will just cause unnecessary pain. Good point. 

This unconventional pimple removing technique, however, is terrible skin care advice. 

While Dhukai's claim that the treatment can banish whiteheads and increase circulation and oxygenation in the skin may be true, the general use of wasabi on the skin may be too harmful.

According to Gilly Munavalli, MD, a Charlotte-based dermatologist, applying wasabi to your skin comes with a few potential risks. 

"Wasabi comes from the Brassicacae plant family along with other crucifers. It is notoriously difficult to grow in the United States, and as a result, is often substituted with horseradish and green dye,” he states. “Regardless of whether its the real thing or not, I would definitely recommend exercising caution around the mucous membranes, especially the eyes. Think about when you eat wasabi with sushi—the potent paste often clears the nasal passages.”

He also added that while wasabi has Vitamin C content that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, if you buy it in the U.S., it might not be real wasabi root. Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules suggeststo try another home-based treatment instead.

“You can use toothpaste instead,” she says. “It contains triclosan, which is an antibacterial property, and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, which kills bacteria. It also has baking soda, which balances the skin's pH."

So while this whole wasabi thing is beyond intriguing, maybe it's best to just keep the spice on your sushi, not on your face.

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