DailyMail posted "As if by magic! Korean blogger goes viral with blackhead removal hack that uses saran wrap and Vaseline to 'MELT' blemishes - but dermatologists warn the trick is 'terrible' for your face" featuring Dr. Purvisha Patel.
The piece shares quotes from Visha Skincare brand-founder, Dr. Purvisha Patel, as she gives her insight on the at-home use of saran wrap and Vaseline for blackhead removal, where she notes both the positives and negatives of the “skincare hack."
A Korean beauty blogger's bizarre blackhead removal hack has taken the internet by storm, along with a video showing her removing the blemishes from her face - while also prompting dermatologists to issue a grave warning about the "terrible" trick.
Fei Yang, 23, revealed on her YouTube channel how she 'melts' her blackheads using just two household items, Vaseline and saran wrap, applying the petroleum jelly to her nose, covering it in the plastic film, and allowing it to sit overnight before squeezing out the blackheads the next morning.
But while her trick has sparked a frenzy of excitement online, dermatologists are warning against using petroleum jelly on the face to expunge clogged pores, insisting the method is counter-intuitive and will only backfire and cause to even worse issues.
Dr. Patel shared that Vaseline and saran wrap is a trick that's been around for ages and is even often used by estheticians before facials.
Some of the positive aspects to this hack she says are, "Blackheads are oxidized sebum or oil that turns black in an open pore - this is why you can see it."
"The saran wrap also creates nice heat and moisture underneath, helping open pores. It's almost like steaming the face."
"Petroleum jelly dilutes the dried up oxidized oil, creating a hard-topped plug of oil in the pore which is then easier to squeeze out and clear."
However, she says there are in fact many pitfalls to trying this out including, "If you use products that are not straight petroleum jelly, it will end up with the opposite result – clogging pores and creating breakouts."