A TIKTOK trend encouraging women to shave their legs with sandpaper has been slammed by experts.
The aggressive method, used in World War 2 when razors were scarce, can cause grazes to the skin, leading to infections or sun damage.
It’s a far cry from the soft and supple pins that women try to achieve with hair removal.
It comes after a woman’s review of the technique went viral on the video sharing platform TikTok.
In the video, TikToker user Jules raves about the method, saying she can’t believe she’s been using a razor for so many years.
She explains that she was watching another app user talking about the method.
Jules explains: “She's talking about shaving her legs with sandpaper.
"She used 600 grit sandpaper on her legs.
"She said, in a circle this way 10 times, in a circle the other way 10 times.”
Jules claims that the technique has left her skin softer than ever.
“My god, my skin is so soft, it's awesome. And it works", she says.
But experts, talking to Entertainment Daily!, advise against the cheap and bizarre beauty hack.
Hussain Abdeh, Clinical Director and Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct, said: “If you use sandpaper, it is highly likely that you will also remove a significant amount of skin with the hairs.
“This can cause grazes and cuts, which aside from being very unsightly, also leaves your skin very vulnerable to infections.
“Some people have the misguided belief that sanding their skin is a form of exfoliation. It is not.
“It can leave sores and can also cause hyperpigmentation if the area of skin is burned as a result of having such a harsh abrasion being rubbed up against it.”
She also said the method is no more effective than shaving because it only removes hair from the surface of the skin, rather than from the root.
Dr Ross Perry – GP and Medical Director of Cosmedics skin clinics, also said people could end up with a “nasty infection” if they exfoliate their skin with this harsh method.
He said the irritation will “completely dry out the skin on the legs making it extremely sensitive, red and sore looking”.
And it could even lead to folliculitis, which is when hair follicles become inflamed.
“It’s usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection and looks like small red bumps that causes pus spots to develop on each hair follicle.
Laser hair removal expert Sharon Cobley from Pure Aesthetics 365, in Oxted, England said sandpapering the skin is essentially “ripping it off”.
She advised choosing traditional methods, such as laser hair removal which gives long term hair removal results.
Shaving can undoubtedly give people cuts, razor burn, ingrown hairs, pimples and inflamed skin.
But done properly, with a new sharp and clean razor and by protecting the skin, shaving is safe and hygienic.
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