Gigi Hadid is full of useful tricks for life, from her viral recipe for spiced vodka noodles to Target’s extremely affordable Christmas decorations.
But some of his tips are less solid – how to use toothpaste to get rid of pimples. An expert told Insider that “it is not a good idea”.
On Thursday, the supermodel and the new mother shared their post-pregnancy contour and skin care routine in a Vogue video. She gave viewers an inside look at how she keeps her skin hydrated and her makeup flawless. She also revealed something unusual that she does to heal pimples.
“A strange thing that I do, that my mother taught me, is put toothpaste on stains at night and it dries,” said Hadid in the video.
“I might get hell for saying that but that’s what I do,” she added.
Social media noticed Hadid’s beauty tip, although she only spent a few seconds talking about it. Using toothpaste on your pimples is a common home remedy.
“The only gigi hadid skin care routine I can follow is to put toothpaste on my pimples,” wrote a Twitter user.
But a dermatologist says putting toothpaste on acne is a bad idea
Although Hadid’s toothpaste trick has been around for a long time, it is not a great method for curing pimples.
“The use of pimple toothpaste started among pregnant women looking for a ‘safe’ treatment,” New York dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf told Insider. “They think that toothpaste helps because it peels the skin.”
“In fact, toothpaste can make the pimples and the skin around them worse,” added Waldorf.
According to Waldorf, many common brands of toothpaste contain ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (a type of detergent that must be rinsed after a short period of time), fluorine and sodium bicarbonate, which irritate the skin. Sodium lauryl sulfate, in particular, is harmful because it removes the skin’s natural barrier of fat and protein.
To combat acne that is particularly inflammatory, such as that occurring under facial masks, Waldorf recommends Lasercyn Spray and salicylic acid for his patients. The former fights bacteria, viruses and yeasts / fungi, while the latter acts on the oil in the follicles.
If that doesn’t work, Waldorf says he usually prescribes a topical antibiotic and can add an anti-inflammatory to the mix.
Hadid gave viewers a peek into her skin-care routine during fashion week
Hadid is one of the most famous faces in fashion and regularly parades on the catwalks of brands like Tom Ford, Burberry and Chanel.
However, in the Vogue video, she shared that fashion week, however glamorous it may be, is not always the best for your skin. In fact, she says her skin is “more irritated” during that time.
Hadid thinks her skin is worse than normal during fashion week because she wears makeup all day, several days in a row. It also doesn’t help that, according to Hadid, makeup artists use the same dirty brushes on the faces of many models.
“They use the same makeup brush on 30 girls,” said Hadid.