Do These Bizarre Celeb Beauty Tricks Really Work? We Asked Pros
The claim: Laser treatments were essential to address her “hairy neck” and all of her baby hairs along her hairline.
The truth: “Laser hair removal for baby hair and neck hair is a common request,” says Dr. Mitchell Chasin, Cosmetic Surgeon and Founder of Reflections Center for Skin & Body. ”Laser hair removal is all about the convenience factor. If you can take five minutes off your hair routine by lasering away pesky baby hairs, then most women feel that’s worth it.”
The claim: Goop calls “apitherapy,” or getting stung by bees in hopes of reducing inflammation and scarring, “pretty incredible … but man, it's painful.”
The truth: Frederique Keller, President of the of the American Apitherapy Society, says bee sting treatments stimulate the immune system, speed up collagen production, promote circulation and diminish scars – but these perks come with a price: Redness, swelling, itching, and slight bruising can last up to a few days.
The claim: The star told People she avoids using powder on her cheeks, because it can cause a talc infection.
The truth: “If you use your own powder (and don't share with others), then the chances of getting a bacterial infection from the powder is very low,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. “Look for powders that say 'non-comedogenic,' meaning they have been tested and shown not to clog the pores, and be sure to clean your makeup brushes once a month. “
The claim: Munn shared on Instagram that “Female chin acne is directly connected to ingesting fluoride.”
The truth: “It can definitely aggravate a pimple or breakout,” says Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. “Fluoride belongs to a group of chemicals that have been known to potentially cause acne. I advise my patients to put a moisturizer on their chin before brushing teeth, so if any toothpaste leaks out during the cleaning process the skin is coated with moisturizer.”
The claim: Woodley eats clay — and swears that it ”helps clean heavy metals out of your body.”
The truth: “There is no scientific evidence that shows a single benefit from eating clay,” says Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet. “On the other hand, it could actually be dangerous. Ingesting clay could potentially bind you with iron and calcium and interfere with your body's absorption of these key nutrients.”
The claim: Bell says her blackhead-squeezing habit (hated by dermatologists!) isn't as bad if you wrap your fingers in tissue.
The truth: “A blackhead being squeezed has less of a chance of leading to an infection or swelling when you compare this to a pimple being squeezed,” says Dr. Sandra Lee (you might know her as Dr. Pimple Popper). “However, in both cases, it's important to know when to quit. If you go too far, this can lead to infection or permanent scarring.”
The truth: While it's okay to do once in a while before an event, Manhattan-based dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf says that it won't benefit your skin down the road. “The cold will cause temporary vasoconstriction of blood vessels and temporary constriction of pores. However, it is not helpful long term.”
THE KARDASHIAN MOMS
The claim: Khloé gave it away: the moms of the Kardashian krew are obsessed with laser treatments to tighten their nether regions.
The truth: “We have means of making the vagina revert back to it’s normal elasticity using these lasers, almost like a facial to the area,” says NYC's VSPOT MediSpa gynecologist Carolyn A. DeLucia. “The laser goes into the vaginal canal and rejuvenates the wall of the vagina to bring back the original sensation, tightness, elasticity and lubrication.” (It'll cost you: It runs $2,950 for a package of three treatments)
The claim: Somehow, holding a candle to one's waves is meant to improve them (rather than singe them off) – a process the supermodel called a “Friday treat.”
The truth: “In the '70s, this hair singeing treatment, Velaterapia, was quite popular – we were all doing it,” says celebrity hairstylist Wendy Iles, founder of The Iles Formula. “It's a very old Brazilian therapy that takes off all of the split ends by burning them back to the core. You do need to be careful. I’m not for it – not today.”