Introducing the "slush facial" that is gaining popularity around the world. These facials are made from a combination of acetone and dry ice shavings and are used to exfoliate skin, clear pores, and brighten the comlexion. Sounds kind of scary, right?
This bizarre treatment was first brought to our attention when it was reportedly used to clear up acne on one of the contestants on Khloe Kardashian's TV show, Revenge Body. And apparently, according to Maire Claire, Kylie and Kendall Jenner both get slush facials to help get their coveted glowing skin. But does it actually work? And more importantly, is it safe?
Dermatologists have a lot to say on the topic.
Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board-certified dermatologist out of New York tells MORE, "There is no harm in having this treatment performed by a skilled practitioner, but it has potential risks such as thermal injury, blister, and skin irritation from the acetone." (Yikes!)
"These treatments are best avoided if you have more sensitive skin or are prone to eczema or dry skin. More commonly, we exfoilate with gentle glycolic or salicylic acid products that are effective and can be better for more sensitive skin types," she adds.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tanya Kormeili agrees with Papantoniou, telling MORE, "In my professional opinion, if done correctly this procedure can feel good, but the results are not really that dramatic...The combination is often used to get the skin ready for other treatments, and sometimes it's used because patients really like the way it feels! If done correctly, there should be no complications. If done aggressively, it can cause discoloration and scarring. If you're interested in doing skin brightening and treatment for melasma there are far greater treatements that have much better results than this."
In the end, no matter what your thoughts are on this procedure, it should go without saying that this is absolutely not one to attempt to DIY. You can discuss it with a trusted dermatologist if you're truly interested. However, let's just say that here at MORE, we will be sticking to slightly more ~traditional~ skincare routines.