THIS ISN’T PEER PRESSURE – IT’S PORE PRESSURE! PEOPLE ARE BUYING CHARCOAL POWDER FROM OVERSEAS…MIXING IT WITH GLUE…SLAPPING IT ON THEIR FACE…THEN SLAPPING IT ONLINE. A TAMPA DERMATOLOGIST SAYS PEOPLE NEED TO STOP…NOW.
Dr. Seth Forman, Dermatologist “IT MIGHT BE DANGEROUS IF YOU LIKE ALL THREE LAYERS OF YOUR SKIN.”
ONE VIDEO HAS 32 MILLION VIEWS…ANOTHER 8 MILLION. CHARCOAL MASKS TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS — BOUGHT ON AMAZON OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION AND SAFETY OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.
Dr. Seth Forman “DOING THIS TO YOUR FACE TO LOOK BETTER? YOU’RE DEFINITELY NOT BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE.”
DR. FORMAN SAYS SOME — IN A DESPERATE PLOY YOUR YOUTUBE POPULARITY — ARE MIXING THE SUSPICIOUS POWDER WITH SUPER GLUE.
HOW DID THIS START? CHARCOAL IS USED INTERNALLY FOR OVERDOSES AND BAD REACTION TO DRUGS. WHICH DR. FORMAN FIGURES IS WHERE SOMEONE GOT THE IDEA…A BAD IDEA.
Dr. Seth Forman “THEY ACTUALLY USE CHARCOAL TO REMOVE TOXINS INSIDE THE BODY — NOT ON THE FACE.”
DR. FORMAN SAID A MUCH SAFER — AND EFFECTIVE — WAY TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS IS WITH THESE, BIORE STRIPS. WE HAVE MORE SAFE SKIN CARE TREATMENTS ON ABC ACTION NEWS.COM.
Dr. Partha Nandi:
What exactly is in charcoal?
Charcoal is made from a variety of sources like coal, wood, peat, petroleum or coconut shell. Activated charcoal used in the masks in some of the social media videos is similar to common charcoal. But it gets heated in the presence of a gas which creates bubbles. And these can trap things like impurities in water. People think it will bind to toxins, dirt and oil in their pores, however there’s not scientific studies on the effects of charcoal in skin-care products.
What are effective ways to get rid of blackheads?
Despite the popular trend of using charcoal masks, there are other safer and less painful ways to get rid of blackheads. You can try over-the-counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It does take time for acne to clear, up to 4-8 weeks before you see improvements. If you have severe acne, you should see a dermatologist for treatment and prevention of scarring.
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