The 4 Most Dangerous Viral Beauty and Grooming TikTok Trends Revealed

Monday January 10, 2022
Originally published on January 5, 2022

The 4 Most Dangerous Viral Beauty and Grooming TikTok Trends Revealed
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According to recent statistics, the viral app TikTok has reached over 1 billion monthly users. With several beauty trends going viral on a daily basis, it can be tempting to experiment with these DIY and less expensive solutions than in-office cosmetic surgery visits. But unfortunately, some of these hacks are ineffective or downright dangerous.

Dr. Michael Somenek, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, who with his husband and business partner, Dr. Troy Pittman, founded Somenek + Pittman Advanced Plastic Surgery, breaks down the most popular TikTok beauty hacks that you should steer clear of.

Face-lifting patches

@poletowen Amazon ?? face lifting tape #fortyoupage #parati #face #facelifting #truco #trucosfemeninos #foryou #latina ? Woah (feat. D3Mstreet) - KRYPTO9095

What is it?

Face-lifting patches are plastic adhesives used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles overnight. The purpose is to use tape to constrict the muscles in your face and limit their motion to minimize wrinkles. This is an overnight ritual that requires you to sleep with the tape on, keeping you from frowning or making any expressions during your sleep. Wearing it all night is also said to prevent creases caused by sleeping on your front or side.

Why you should steer clear:

Tape considered strong enough to stay in place throughout the night isn't made to be safe on the skin and can cause redness, irritation, and acne breakouts. The adhesive has to be incredibly tight and, therefore, uncomfortable to use for an extended time to hold the muscles still. There is even a risk of ripping off a layer of the skin as you pull off the piece of tape. This can cause a tear in the skin barrier, and the trauma could result in underlying pigmentation or leave you at risk for a bacterial infection that could potentially scar.

In theory, these facial patches should work as they keep muscles in place while you sleep, not allowing them to wrinkle as you move throughout the night. However, they can have the opposite effect in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. When you tape your face to hold muscles still, you're preventing them from working while adding resistance. In doing so, you're training your facial muscles to work harder and, in turn, become more powerful. As they get stronger, it accelerates the formation of those fine lines and wrinkles you were hoping to avoid.

Pore Vacuuming

@alexxisstexxass Back with another pore vacuum video #PerfectAsWeAre #drpimplepopper #pimplepopper2021 #pimple #fyp ? good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo

What is it?

This is an at-home device marketed and sold by various companies. It gained traction during the pandemic when many people could not visit doctors for elective treatments. The goal of these tools is to extract dirt, debris, and sebum from the skin to reduce blackheads and pore congestion.

Why you should steer clear:

If you have seen videos, it is evident that users saw instant redness. If you don't know how to set the device appropriately for your skin, putting the volume up to higher settings won't necessarily remove more blackheads, but it could leave your skin looking as if you just got a hickey.

Those with skin issues such as rosacea especially need to proceed with caution. The vacuum can exacerbate these conditions and cause untoward side effects like broken capillaries and bruising. This can even occur with those who simply have sensitive skin. Even if the device is effective, pores will eventually re-fill again. Preventing this from occurring via this tool is too much wear and tear on the skin.

Sunscreen Contouring


I am convinced this works! ##tutorial ##contour ##summer ##lifehack ##hack ##beautyhack ##snatched ##tiktokwellness ##hiddentalent ? original sound - Eli Withrow

What is it?

The original viral video had a resurgence this past summer. Model Eli Withrow posted a TikTok video with sunscreen applied on different parts of her face. She states: "Haters will say it doesn't work. I'm convinced that if you put a base sunscreen of SPF 30 on and an SPF 90 on all the spots that you would put highlighter on, the sun will contour your face where you'd put bronzer, and you'll be natural snatched all summer."

Why you should steer clear:

There is no way to predict how the sun tans various parts of your face. All areas of the face don't get the same amount of sunlight. Attempting to control your sun ray exposure through mixing SPF levels is illogical. Radiation bounces off sand, water, and cement, hitting the face at different angles. Not only might you not get the "J-LO glow, but you could also get patchy sunburns. While the idea is meant to use tan lines to contour the face, you are risking your skin from a cosmetic standpoint and health-wise in the form of skin cancer. This is not worth the quest for a temporary (at best) contour.

DIY Lip Filler

@mocamus187 Hyla pen demo. Videos are out of order! Previous video shows fat dissolving results. Just FYI #lipfiller #needlelessfiller #fyp ? original sound - mocamus

What is it?

Once again, another pandemic-fueled aesthetic trend. One way people attempt to do this at home is through at-home kits to inject their own lip filler through tools called Hyaluron pens. The devices use pressurized air to force filler into lips instead of needles used in a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist's office.

What you should steer clear:

The lips are filled with nerve endings and they swell and bruise very easily. More worrisome than that is improper injection can result in blocked blood flow. Non-physicians don't have the skills to treat these complications before they lead to serious damage. In addition, since the FDA does not regulate this, you have no way of knowing what products you are putting into your lips. Even without a substance going into your lips, other methods that use suctioning tools to create a temporary bigger pout can be dangerous as well.