Trending Social Media Skincare Craze, Slugging: What You Need to Know

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It seems that by the time you write one blog on trending skin care, social media has dumped it and moved on to something new. Many people on the internet who are self-proclaimed skin influencers have a captive audience, and more people are seeking TikTok for skincare advice than those educated and experienced. So, does TikTok advice compare to the advice of a professional dermatologist? There is a natural bridge between the two since both are geared to help people achieve their skin’s optimal beauty. Slugging is no exception, and there are some considerations before jumping on the bandwagon.

A reputable dermatologist knows what is trending on the internet and is quite happy to provide insight and guidance on new trends hitting their stride. Since the skin care process of “slugging” seems to be the most recent trend on social media, here we will explain what it is and shed some light on things to consider.

Slugging in skincare is applying a petroleum-type product over another moisturizer. Slugging is supposed to build a more substantial barrier for this skin and prevent dehydration. Many skincare influencers claim it makes their skin more radiant and plumper. Nobody could have seen it coming – Vaseline makes a comeback in 2022. Since most petroleum-based products are non-comedogenic, they can be used on many skin types without adverse reactions. It can be applied topically when choosing an over-the-counter petroleum product (often found in the baby aisle). It should be purchased with no inactive ingredients like perfumes since those can be triggers for sensitive skin. Vaseline is not expensive, which has made slugging affordable for anyone willing to try it.

Does Everyone Benefit from Slugging?

Petroleum is non-comedogenic, but a layer of this product does risk trapping oils, dirt, and other impurities, which can trigger acne breakouts. So, this begs the question for acne patients who struggle with dryness caused by prescribed skincare treatments. Can a petroleum product improve a barrier and keep the skin from losing so much water? There are essential steps that should be strictly adhered to when slugging. Most importantly is that hands must be clean when putting it on. If this primary step is not followed, the chances increase of things going awry. Trapping dirt close to your skin is never a good thing. As always, dermatologists advise that skin reacts unfavorably and discontinue use immediately.

Because some areas on the face that typically show signs of dehydration earlier can significantly benefit from a strong barrier for the skin, using petroleum products can deliver an improved appearance around the eyes and lips. Slugging at night means you don’t have to manage extra product under makeup. Night creams can also be used, but if you’re going to try slugging, try it overnight first. If you like how it affects your skin, daytime use should be okay over sunscreen. Those with dry skin will see significantly more results from slugging. As any professional dermatologist will tell clients, skincare is not a one size fits all, and slugging is not for everyone. However, slugging may be worth a try if you have concerns about dry skin in the winter months.

Slugging Does Not Hydrate Skin

Despite what some claim online, slugging will yield the best results when used with other hydrating ingredients. Slugging is not hydrating and doesn’t add moisture to the skin. Slugging creates a greater barrier and prevents more epidermal water loss. Trans epidermal water loss is the water that passes from inside your body through the skin, which happens naturally through evaporation.

Since slugging is designed to minimize water loss, other measures can be taken to increase skin hydration. One of those measures is incorporating a humidifier into areas with constant air and heat running. Over-cleansing can often lead to excessive trans epidermal water loss, so stay away from strong cleansing ingredients that may weaken the skin’s natural barrier over time.

Mild and Extreme Dry Skin

Mild cases may find relief just by using over-the-counter petroleum jelly, whereas others with more extreme dryness may need professional advice to achieve the skin’s optimal health. Severe dry skin can result in cracking and bleeding. If you are experiencing extremely dry skin or are using a topical product for acne that is creating dryness, it is best to speak with a professional licensed dermatologist. Only someone experienced working with clients suffering from dehydrated skin can properly assess skin and provide products to help achieve the results you seek.

What is most important to remember is that skincare trends on social media may or may not be vetted options. Anytime you try a new product on your skin, it is vital to pay attention to your skin’s response. Social media has been an excellent way to share information among people seeking to improve their skin’s health and appearance. However, be smart when it comes to your skin. If you have any questions, seek a professional who can provide sound advice and guidance to achieve your skin’s optimal beauty. The reality is that everybody’s skin is unique, and that is the beauty of it.