Using dental floss to remove moles
“There’s some pretty scary skin-care advice out there,” says New York City dermatologist Bobby Buka, MD, founder and chief science officer of the First Aid Beauty. One of the worst ideas he’s ever seen: Tying dental floss around a mole or skin tag to reduce blood flow and make it fall off. Any mishaps could lead to dangerous infection or even kill skin tissue — both way more serious than any concerns about your appearance. A quick in-office removal is always a smart bet. “You get the benefit of a sterile environment, a practiced hand, and some lidocaine to numb the pain,” says Dr. Buka. Check out the real reason why your gums are receding.
Treating depression with essential oils
“I’ve recently seen a couple of posts suggesting essential oils and ‘psychedelic medicine’ as treatments for anxiety and depression,” says Shiri Macri, MA, a licensed mental health counselor at Vermont wellness retreat center Green Mountain at Fox Run. “While essential oils are wonderful and can be a great addition to a repertoire of self-care strategies, depression and anxiety are very real mental health conditions that often need more than simple self-care to heal.” As for the psychedelics: Using illicit and unregulated substances to “cure” mental health conditions can exacerbate the struggle and even contribute to addiction. Learn how smartphones can help better manage your health concerns.
Getting “flat abs” in 10 minutes
Countless Instagram posts, YouTube videos, and online articles promise to deliver a workout (in some cases just one exercise move) that’ll give you a flat stomach in mere minutes a day. Unless you have very low levels of body fat, the muscles in the abdomen are naturally covered by a layer of fat, says Jasmine Marcus, DPT, a physical therapist in Ithaca, New York. “Even if you did a great abdominal workout five times a week, you still probably wouldn’t be able to see them,” she says. They might feel stronger, but they’ll keep hiding under that layer of fat until you lose weight. No one exercise has magical results. Here are some more myths you need to stop believing before you can get abs.