Dr Pimple Popper details three-ingredient home ‘pandemic peel’ that could clear breakouts – but followers call it risky
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With beauty salons shut, many of us are turning to home alternatives instead of professional services.
While it’s simple enough to do a quick brow tint or a face mask from home with minimal risks, there are some treatments that may just be better left to the experts.
But dermatologist and YouTube sensation Dr Sandra Lee has just detailed in a new E! News Daily Pop video how to do a face peel at home – and it’s one of those treatments we usually would leave to a professional.
Dr Lee, aka Dr Pimple Popper, refers to this treatment as the “pandemic peel”, and it uses just three ingredients that can easily be found around the house: aspirin, honey and avocado oil.
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Not sounding much like a peel to you? Aspirin is a derivative of salicylic acid, which is often added to peel formulas because of its ability to help shed dead skin cells.
When used regularly, this ingredient has been shown to help minimise pores, smooth skin texture and help reduce breakouts.
Dr. Lee told her viewers to “crush three to four aspirin tablets" using the back of a spoon, before mixing the powder with “one tablespoon” of honey, and “a little bit of avocado or jojoba oil”. She then tells viewers to mix that concoction with a few drops of warm water, to help it melt.
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Dr Lee then says to take a face cloth, dip it in the liquid, and apply it generously on your skin. She recommends keeping the mask on for 10-15 mins and not for longer, to make sure your complexion doesn’t become irritated.
The whole process looks simple and easy to follow but Dr Lee has come under fire on Twitter for recommending it to her fans, as DIY peels, if done without professional supervision, can cause prolonged redness, irritation and even extreme peeling.
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One user tweeted: “Not Dr Pimple Popper telling people to do ‘home peels’ with crushed aspirin.”
Skincare expert and fellow social media sensation Caroline Hirons replied to the comment saying: “I stopped watching when she did ads for pore strips.”
Other Twitter users defended Dr Lee’s recommendation of using aspirin, with many saying they’ve been crushing tablets and using it on spots for years without any issue.
Dr Lee does caveat the video by saying if anyone has a salicylic acid or aspirin allergy then they shouldn’t attempt this home peel.
As with anything though, always be cautious of what you’re putting on your skin, and if it doesn’t feel good, wash it off and don’t attempt it again.
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