Online social media challenges are nothing new. They circulate the web pretty often and are most of the time very harmless. However, when it comes to messing with the skin/lips, there are usually some dangers associated with it. A few years back there was the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge which involved using the friction from a shot glass to purposefully swell your lips and sent a few people to the hospital back in 2015.
Well, now there’s a new one going around on Tik-Tok. The new challenge replaced the shot glass with an adhesive. To make the lips appear plump, TikTok users are spreading glue on their upper lips, then gluing the lip in place. The result? Instant duckface. Here’s a visual:
imagine you’re talking to someone and your lip falls down by accident pic.twitter.com/kDD9CqHOr6— Shafeeq (@Y2SHAF) September 7, 2019
Now I’m sure that comes to you as no surprise that this is dangerous. Applying super glue, or any type of glue for that matter, to the skin is a bad idea for a number of reasons. First is the fact that the primary ingredient [in glue] is cyanoacrylate. Cyanoacrylate is used to stick things to one another but is not intended for our delicate skin. Acrylates can be both extremely irritating to the skin, as well as cause allergic reactions (which many people unknowing do to adhesives) which can result in redness, swelling, blistering, infection, and even permanent scarring. Acrylates are toxic, so placing it too close to the mouth puts you at risk for ingesting it.
Removing the glue can be a whole different issue. Removal can require acetone or nail polish remover which can cause even more irritation to the skin.
So how can you plump your lips without a viral internet challenge? Well for short term – a REAL lip plumping product. Or for the more long term – FDA approved lip fillers administered by a certified and skilled injector. Anything beauty or skincare related shouldn’t require opening up your craft drawer.