10 Potentially Dangerous Beauty Treatments

By Tiffany Tseng. May 7th 2016

If someone told you a beauty treatment comes with the price tag of potentially endangering your life or physical harm, would you still do it? Here are some common beauty treatments that can be potentially dangerous to your health.

Brazilian Blowout

Smooth, shiny, manageable hair is probably every curly-haired girl’s dream, and Brazilian blowouts promise to make that dream come true. However, some formulas used in salons consist of formaldehyde, a preservative used to treat deceased bodies (yes, you heard that right, dead bodies!). Before undergoing a Brazilian blowout, be sure to ask your salon about the ingredients used in the formula, as well as other alternatives that achieve similar results.

[Related: 10 Potential Hazards In A Beauty Salon]

Tanning beds

While tanning beds can give users a “golden bronze,” it also gives its user a golden ticket to increased risks of skin cancer. Tanning beds actually concentrate the UV rays emitted to speed up the tanning process, making it even deadlier than tanning in the sun. The same rays can also cause damage to the eyes, accelerate premature aging, and dry out hair, making it brittle and fried.

[Related: Dangers And Health Risks Of Tanning]

Eyelash Perms

Women opt for eyelash perms in hopes of having naturally curly lashes. However, these perms increase the risk of damaging the eyes. Imagine having a blistering hot curling iron next to your face; for eyelash perms, those hot rods are instead next to the eyelids and eyeballs. In addition, the chemicals involved in the perm may cause damage to eyelashes so that they can fall out permanently.

Manicures & Pedicures

Getting a manicure and pedicure can be relaxing, but they can also be a trap for fungal and staph infections. When the tools are not cleaned properly, bacteria can grow and be transferred from patron to patron. The luxurious foot and hand soaks is also a breeding ground for bacteria if not properly cleaned. Prior to your next mani-pedi session, be sure to research on the sterilizing methods of the salon to make sure the tools and tubs used are properly cleaned.

Bikini Waxing

Bikini waxing can pose risks of skin infections, burns, and irritating ingrown hairs if done by someone who is not a licensed professional. It is best to do a patch test prior to a full bikini wax, and question the salon’s regulations on sanitation. For those who have sensitive skin, it may be better to stick to shaving rather than waxing.

Botox Injections

While Botox injections are very useful to treat frown lines and hyperactive sweat glands, we should remember that it is actually a derivative of toxins produced by the C. botulinum bacteria, which can cause muscle paralysis and nerve damage if administered incorrectly. Hence, be sure to seek a licensed dermatologist for these treatments.


It is important to address weight management issues before resorting to liposuction to lose excess body fat. Liposuction is considered a surgical procedure, and can come with many risks associated with anesthesia and healing. Besides, if the underlying weight management issue is not resolved prior to surgery, excess weight will most likely come back quicker than before.

[Related: How Does Liposuction Work? An Introductory Guide]

Food Detox

Some may turn to liquid food detox regimens to help lose those last 5 stubborn pounds. However, be sure to consult your doctor before starting this beauty regimen or it may wreak havoc on your digestive system and cause nutrition deficiency. Certain liquid diets do not contain enough nutrients to sustain the body throughout the length of the diet, unless it has been approved by a licensed nutritionist or doctor. What usually happens is that the body “rebounds” after the diet ends – it may demand even more food than usual, hence rending the original intention of the detox useless.

[Related: Detox Diets: Are They Really Necessary?]

Skin Lightening Creams

Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone due to scarring or melasma is a common problem among women of Hispanic or Asian origins. Because of this, Skin lightening creams have become a popular alternative to expensive laser treatments. However, many creams of international origin are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and can have undesirable side effects. For example, a popular lightening cream from Germany had high levels of topical steroids that can lead to other skin breakouts, hypertension, and interference of blood glucose.


Cosmetic implants are more and more common nowadays, but they can still be dangerous if little time is invested in the preliminary research process. Certain body implants, such as breast or cheek implants, can be made from dangerous non-FDA approved silicone gels that can be hazardous to the body if the implants leak or rupture. Be sure to do research on the surgeon performing the implant surgery, along with adequate information on the type of implants available; sometimes, a more affordable price done at a non-licensed clinic can also mean compromised quality and increased risk of health dangers associated with implants.

Be sure to consult your doctor or a licensed health care professional before adopting any beauty treatments or enhancements!


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