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unusual skincare face products — preparation h cream

New skincare products are released faster than my moisturizer can soak into my face.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for clever advertising and clinical study claims. But, as more people turn to weird products and internet hacks for skincare, I’m left wondering if these are truly clever applications. To keep you in the know, here are some unusual skincare tips you should (and shouldn’t) try, based on dermatologist recommendations.

Please note that I am not a dermatologist. Instead, I’ve linked to sources with dermatologist claims regarding the following unusual applications.


odd face skincare products — pepto bismol

Claim: Use Pepto Bismol to fight zits and blackheads.

A Victoria’s Secret model went viral for sharing this Pepto Bismol nose treatment hack on Snapchat (it’s a popular trend among YouTubers, as well). The pink stomach soothing liquid contains a salicylic acid derivative (an ingredient common in acne-fighting skincare).

What do dermatologists say?

Skip it! As reported by Women’s Health, it’s not overly harmful. Still, salts in the formula can dry skin out, resulting in flaky acne flare up. Your best bet is to stick to a treatment specifically designed for acne.


odd face skincare products — vagisil anti itch cream

Claim: Use Vagisil to prime your skin for makeup.

If you’ve ever browsed beauty videos on YouTube, you’ve probably watched something featuring Huda Kattan. She’s a powerhouse in the beauty industry and went viral when she tried out KY Jelly, a laxative, and Vagisil as makeup primers. But why? The intimate cream contains dimethicone, an ingredient used for conditioning and protecting the skin.

What do dermatologists say?

Skip it! Let’s be honest; a makeup pro doesn’t keep a tube of Vagisil in her makeup bag. And according to Well+Good, derms can’t get behind the idea of this anti-itch cream being applied to the face since they “contain mineral oil which can clog pores and can actually get rid of the healthy bacteria on the skin.”


Bayer aspirin in the box

Claim: Use aspirin to spot treat cystic acne.

Nope, this isn’t because acne can cause a frustration headache. Getting rid of a pesky pimple can be as simple as crushing up an aspirin pill with a small amount of water to create a paste. Then when applied and left on for 10 minutes, it can help heal the impurity.

What do dermatologists say?

Try it! This is actually a method recommended by Joshua Zeichner, MD, since “aspirin is a cousin to salicylic acid and may help calm inflammation and pain.”


odd skincare products — preparation h hemorrhoid ointment

Claim: Use Preparation H to reduce under-eye puffiness.

Long shared across the web as an under-eye tip, hemorrhoidal creams like Preparation H contain an element called phenylephrine HCI, which can reduce puffiness underneath eyes. There are even formulas said to contain caffeine, which can also improve under eye appearance.

What do dermatologists say?

Skip it! According to Self.com, “Preparation H has a number of ingredients that can cause injury if you accidentally get some in your eye and cause extra irritation to the sensitive skin around the eyes.” What a BUM-mer! 😉 Instead, skip the undereye bags by getting enough sleep, hydrating, and protecting skin with SPF.


unusual skincare face products — lotrimin af cream

Claim: Use foot cream to fight fungal acne.

Yes, this is a weird one, but truthfully, fungal acne is a very confusing condition – so much so that a blogger pored into over 150 studies just to make sense of Malassezia! Individuals took to the internet to proclaim clear skin salvation in… wait for it… foot fungus cream!?

What do dermatologists say?

Try it! Because of the fungal acne healing properties of topical treatments (even if they’re typically used on the feet), you can spot treat acne using “creams containing 2 percent ketoconazole, econazole nitrate, or 1 percent clotrimazole cream, all of which are often used to treat athlete’s foot” as reported by Self.com. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to give your dermatologist a visit if the problem persists.


odd skincare face products — simply by summer's eve wash

Claim: Use Summer’s Eve as a facial cleanser.

Quick story: my brother actually once used my Summer’s Eve cleanser on his face after confusing it for face wash. There was no effect on his skin, but I laughed pretty hard when he told me he “liked the new wash in the shower”. This product stakes its effectiveness based on being ph balanced, so users on Reddit chat about using it when seeking cleansers with lower ph levels.

What do dermatologists say?

Skip it! This one surprised me because I figured a ph-balanced wash would be fine regardless of where it’s used. Then, I learned that every part of your body has a different ph-level. As reported on by Refinery 29, feminine washes are formulated to work harmoniously with more intimate areas, so stick to only using them where intended.


unusual skincare face products — motherlove nipple cream

Claim: Use nipple cream as a lip balm.

This ain’t your grandma’s Chapstick… The hack for using nipple butter/balm/cream has been growing in popularity because of the perceived ultra-hydrating benefits. Celebrities love it, the internet is obsessed with it, but should we be putting this on our mouths?

What do dermatologists say?

Try it! In an interview with Health.com, an NYC-based derm says, “you only have to dab a small amount to get your lips fully covered, and it doesn’t just sit on top of your lips, but penetrates it.” I’m not a mom, but I’m making my way to the baby section at Target, stat!


odd skincare face products — boudreaux's diaper rash cream

Claim: Use diaper cream to clear up acne.

Thanks to a viral thread on Reddit, the trend of smearing baby butt cream gained traction when a Redditor wrote that applying diaper rash cream all over her face cleared up her cystic acne because of its heavy zinc concentration.

What do dermatologists say?

Skip it… or just spot treat. InStyle says that many diaper rash formulas are comprised of two main ingredients—zinc and petroleum. While zinc is actually anti-inflammatory and works well in treating acne, the petroleum can seal off the skin and make the problem worse. In an interview with Allure, a dermatologist explains that it can be useful for spot treatment.


a bottle of raw, unfiltered organic honey

Claim: Use honey to work wonders on your skin.

It’s been touted that honey can cleanse pores (because it’s anti-bacterial), treat acne (because it’s anti-fungal), and fade scars (because it has trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide). Yup, that all comes from the sweetener you’ve been pouring into your tea.

What do dermatologists say?

Try it! There’s actually a lot of scientific backing surrounding the medicinal properties of honey per Women’s Health. Opt for raw, unfiltered honey, and get to applying!


odd face skincare products — scoop away unscented cat litter

Claim: Use cat litter as a face mask.

You know I had to save this madness for the end. I’m not a cat person (don’t judge); but even if I had a bucket of cat litter, I wouldn’t jump at the idea of making it into a face mask. That said, the internet backs the idea since the main components of cat litter are bentonite and silica, two ingredients commonly found in skincare products.

What do dermatologists say?

Skip it! You can’t forget about the other ingredients in kitty litter, like fragrances and other chemicals to mask the odor. Those “could be harsh and abrasive on the skin” as a dermatologist warns Allure.


Pretty crazy stuff, right?

Have you tried any unusual products on your face? I’d love to hear your interesting experiences in the comments!


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Comments 24

  1. Lori

    Love this!!

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you, Lori!

  2. Kim

    Interesting 😁

  3. Lori

    What an interesting post! I can only imagine how much time and effort was put into this post. Thanks for all you do Hip2Save!

  4. Ivan

    Had an older relative that put Prep H on his face several times a week. Don’t know if that was the cause, but he died at 90 and had the best skin I had ever seen.

  5. Thao

    I work in a Dermatologist office as a Surgical Assistant and Licensed Esthetician with 6 years experience. I showed this to my Dermatologist: he laughed and said skip everything.
    With my personal experience, Nipple balm works as a lip balm. That’s the only thing that’ll work. If you want the best for your skincare, I recommend dermatology grade products (ie: Image Skincare) or even Dermalogica, which can be found at Ulta. Putting things that don’t belong on your face will only make it worse.
    PLUS, splurge on a facial every month! 🙂

    • Heather C

      That bomb is THE BEST! Of course we call it “Boobie cream,” which the kids are less fond of 😂. Honestly, it’s my “go to” product if I’m desperate

    • Laura

      Image skincare I found on Walmart.com.

  6. Coupon Katie

    Ky is a lubricant not a laxitive…. OR IS IT?!? 😜

    • AuntJenny

      😂

    • DK

      😅😅

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      It is a lubricant. In the post, we list out 3 items that Huda Kattan tried out in a Youtube video as a face primer, which were KY Jelly, a generic laxative, and Vagisil. Hope that clears it up for you!

  7. JD

    Thao that advice to get a facial by a licensed esthetician is a great one. Just getting the right products for your skin type makes a world of difference. Cheap trick—drink plenty of water.
    Here’s an old way to remove blackheads and treat acne. Beat up an egg white (no yolk) and apply over face with cotton ball. Place tissue paper over face and apply any remaining egg white on top of tissue paper. Let dry for thirty minutes and remove tissue paper. Rinse well and finish with cool water to close pores. Do not apply on lips or eyelids goes without saying.

  8. Desiree

    Monistat chafing relief powder gel as face primer. Use sparingly after you moisture and before foundation. Been using this hack for years and much cheaper than face primers.

    • Ivette

      I totally agree with the Monistat chafing gel. Works better than any primer I’ve ever used!

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      So interesting, Desiree! I had never heard of using a chaffing cream before as primer. Thanks for the tip!

  9. julesO

    Great post!….super helpful…. love to hear the pros and cons and alternatives to pricey brands…thanks for the post on the monistat chafing gel, just did my research and seems like a great hack and so much cheaper then my Dior primer.

    • Desiree

      Yaaassss!

  10. countrygal

    I use the honey with a drop of lemon juice, it works great. I would give it a try if you have the products at home.

  11. Lisa Chen

    Hahaha, this made me lol! When I was younger I remember hearing one of my mom’s friends telling her to use that cream on her face, and I laughed then too! ; )

  12. stefk

    I’ve used coconut oil based nipple butter on my lips and it’s wonderful! I’ve also used lanolin on my lips, also wonderful. If it keeps your nipples from being dry and cracked, and is safe for baby, then it should be safe for lips.

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s my favorite hack! The more I looked into it, the more people I found who swear by it. Seems like a must try, especially during winter months when my lips get much more chapped than normal.

  13. Christine

    Zinc works on redness and small pimples. I noticed it when I was regularly using a tinted sunscreen with zinc oxide. So when my skin isn’t looking great, I use It for a few days and my skin looks much healthier. Once in awhile I put on Desitin pure zinc oxide on at night—just a very light layer as that stuff is like glue. Works wonders on facial redness.

  14. Gina Seaton

    I had a mother in law who used straight up olive oil on her face and body and she always had nice skin. Weird or?

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