The Internet can be a treasure trove of genius beauty tricks — but it can also be a minefield of misinformation. We've all found a great idea for an at-home hair mask here, or DIY acne treatment there, but just how effective (and safe) are those tips you pick up on message boards and blogs? Frankly, many of them can seem a little too good to be true to us, and according to Dr. Jeff Benabio, a San Diego dermatologist and consulting skin care expert for Dove Men+Care, most of it is.
We asked the good doctor to talk about some of the most pervasive primping "cures" on the Web and if they really are as effective (and safe) as the legions of fangirls say they are. From banana peels for acne to using a Sharpie to line your eyes in a pinch, here are the down and dirty deets on the biggest beauty lies that the Internet has made the gospel truth.
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