We've all had our Dr. Frankenstein moments of trial and error, experimenting with everything from skin potions to blades and needles, all for the sake of clear skin, lustrous hair, and a more youthful appearance. And sometimes these mad scientist moments turn painful and ugly.
In honor of Halloween, gather 'round for these four real-life tales of beauty experimentation gone horribly wrong.
The Tale Of The Flesh-Eating Fruit
"I was squeezing lemons to lighten my hair when I was 19 or so. Then I laid out by the pool without washing the juice off. I woke up the next day with huge blisters all over my hands. I almost had to get skin grafts."--Logan J.
The Tale Of Debilitating Side Effects
"Trying to cure my problems with acne, my physician prescribed me an oral medication, Minocycline, and prescription wipes containing Clindamycin. I had been using the same regimen for years throughout high school and college until the medication caught up with me. Since I had taken so much of the medication I developed a longterm side effect, resulting in symptoms very similar to rheumatoid arthritis, along with the swelling of my ankles. Being that I was 20 years old when this all started, it was very strange to be walking around with fat ankles and joint pain.
I now have been off the prescriptions for about a year and the pain seems to be completely gone and my ankles have returned to a normal and healthy size. I am still working on finding a skin regimen that gives me the same results as the prescriptions did. Who would have thought that my skin would have been better in high school than in my twenties?"--Anonymous
The Tale Of The Lingering Stench Monster
"I tried that mayo deep conditioner home remedy trick in high school: you put mayo on your hair for 20 minutes and rinse it out. I left it in for an hour and attempted to combine two home remedies by pouring a beer over my head, too. Ultimately, it didn’t rinse completely out, so when I dried it, I basically cooked mayo on my head and have been completely repulsed by mayonnaise ever since." --Colleen W.
The Tale Of The Creepy Crawlers
"I used to love playing with hair. One dark day of childhood, I must’ve been around three years old, I got lice from another kid at my Montessori school. This was also during a phase where all I wanted to do was brush EVERYONE’S hair, mine included, because I loved how hair felt. It was also during this phase that I gave my mom and two brothers lice. Like a wonderful family member, I like to share."--Anonymous
- Do you have a beauty horror story? Or a second hand beauty story?
- What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you as a result of your beauty routine?
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