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Expert Weighs In On The 'Toothpaste As Hair Remover' Trend

You've heard of using toothpaste to dry out a zit, right? Well, now get ready for: using toothpaste to remove hair! Beauty vlogger Madina Shrienzada, who is known for testing the latest DIY beauty hacks (and sometimes creating hacks of her own), recently posted a video of herself testing out the theory that toothpaste can remove hair. The results were shockingly positive–but skin experts still advise against the hair removal method.

The video showed Shrienzada mixing Crest toothpaste and turmeric powder in a bowl. She then rubbed a layer of the blend over her arm and massaged the mixture into the area until it dried. Finally, she wiped her arm with a wet cloth, pulling away clumps of hair. According to the Irish Sun, Shrienzada suggested rubbing the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth for better effects.

Although the trick did work, Yale dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D. told Cosmopolitan that toothpaste really is not meant for hair removal. It is true that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, which Shrienzada pointed out in her video, but toothpaste actually has the opposite effect–it is a skin irritant.

In reality, the method worked simply because the paste was rough enough to rip the hair out her follicles. The same rings true for other hair removal hacks, such as sugaring. However, it does take a lot of rubbing to pull the hair out, and in the end it might not work. Some users will likely end up with irritated skin and just a little bit less hair. Plus, Dr. Gohara pointed out that turmeric can actually stain the skin yellow, which nobody wants.

Some of Shrienzada's followers tried the hair removing hack themselves and were concerned that it did not work. "I lost 20 minutes of my life and yellowed my skin!" one Instagram user wrote on her video.

Shrienzada has tested a number of other hair removing hacks as well, such as a concoction with sugar, water, and lemon juice. She also frequently shares ways to get rid of darkened skin under the arms as a result of shaving, and even a few hacks for styling hair.

Would you use this hair removal technique? Let us know in the comments!

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