Here's Why You Definitely Shouldn't Try the Viral Elmer's Glue Face Mask

Kelsey Stiegman
Seventeen
Photo credit: YouTube/Tasmin Dhaliwal design by Dana Tepper
Photo credit: YouTube/Tasmin Dhaliwal design by Dana Tepper

From Seventeen

Back in pre-K, there was nothing more satisfying than covering your hand in Elmer's glue and peeling it off once it dried. Now, YouTubers have figured out that you can do the same thing to your face and Elmer's glue face masks were born.

All over the internet, people are mixing the art class staple with powdered charcoal to make a cheap DIY mask. The idea is that the glue will dry on your face and act as a blackhead remover, while the charcoal pulls out the toxins in your skin. Apparently, peeling it off hurts like crazy, but afterward fans of the mask say your skin is silky smooth and blackhead-free – at least for some people.

Even though this beauty hack has been a hit within the beauty community, California-based dermatologist Christine Choi Kim says it could eff with your skin.

"Unfortunately, anytime you use products that are not specifically formulated for topical use, you can run into problems with irritant or allergic reactions. Or it simply may not work," she told Seventeen.com.

According to Kim, the DIY mask could actually do the opposite of its intended purpose, leaving your skin worse off than it was before. "This charcoal and glue mixture could actually clog pores, leading to blemishes. Sensitive skin types may react to the stripping action of peeling off dried glue which removes the top protective layers of the epidermis and could lead to rashes [and] dryness."

Finally, even though Elmer's glue is "safe and non-toxic," that doesn't mean it's hypoallergenic. Kim warns: "Although Elmer's glue is 'non-toxic' people can still develop allergic reactions to it."

Do your face a favor and shop these charcoal masks instead.

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