Are These Pimple Hacks Secretly Ruining Your Skin?

Victoria Hoff

For all that Pinterest gives us in the way of beauty inspiration, healthy recipes, et. al, occasionally I come across an face palm-worthy post that makes me want to scream "DON'T DO IT" at my computer screen. #PinterestFails are practically a rite of passage, but when it comes to say, rubbing hand sanitizer on your face because a user said it helped them get rid of a zit, we cross into a grey area of skin safety.

I'll admit to dabbing toothpaste on a pimple in the hopes of shrinking it—haven't we all?—but when do we say when? Or perhaps the real question is this: Which of these so-called acne hacks actually work, and which ones are actually causing more damage?

To find out, we ran some of the most popular DIY pimple tips by NYC dermatologist Julie Russak. Below, find her verdict on everything from good old toothpaste to crushed up aspirin—and please (please) DIY away your blemishes accordingly.

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