Skincare experts warn of the dangerous TikTok trend of using PERIOD blood as a DIY beauty mask – because they say it spreads bacteria and even STDs to the face
- The beauty trend ‘Menstrual Masking’ or ‘Period Mask’ recently went viral on TikTok
- Videos with the hashtag #PeriodFacemask have 6.4 billion views on the platform
- Skincare experts warn of this trend, saying it could cause infection
Experts warn of a dangerous new TikTok trend where social media users apply their menstrual blood to their faces as a DIY skincare mask.
The idea of ’Menstrual Masking’ or ‘Period Mask’ has gone viral on the social media platform, with the hashtag #periodfacemask reaching 6.4 billion views on TikTok.
TikTokers claim that menstrual blood contains all the stem cells and all the nutrients your skin and body need.
Some TikTok users claim that they collect their menstrual blood in a menstrual cup and then wipe it over their skin for its purported benefits, such as leaving behind clear, glowing skin.
However, skin care expert Elizabeth Rimmer of London Professional Aesthetics told FEMAIL that those who apply their menstrual blood are at risk of “inflammation and infection.”
Experts warn of a dangerous new TikTok trend where social media users apply their menstrual blood to their faces as a DIY skincare mask
While some have argued for the benefits of smearing menstrual blood over the face for years, the trend has only recently exploded on TikTok.
A number of beauty influencers have promoted the unusual habit on their social media platform.
A TikToker said, “Using your menstrual blood is the new wave of masks. It’s a great alternative to you know all those expensive things they sell at Sephora.”
She explained how she would recommend DIY masks, while showing her followers how to apply and store the mask in a bottle with a pipette.
TikToker Paige Morgan revealed she uses a menstrual mask several times a week when she generously smears blood on her cheeks
Meanwhile another TikToker said, “The benefits I’ve gotten from this mask are pretty good.”
She went on to explain how she uses the mask and applies it three to five times a week.
She explained how she dropped five full pipettes on her face and used her fingers to rub them, as part of her regular skincare routine.
She said, “I really recommend this method of using a DIY mask.”
Elizabeth told FEMAIL that people shouldn’t try the menstrual masking trend.
She advised people to “side with scientifically proven therapies” when it comes to their skin care.
She said: “There is a lot of talk about the use of menstrual masks in breaking taboos and negativity about menstruation in society.
‘That’s how much I recognize – menstruating has been whispered for far too long.
“In this age of discussion about menopause, making sanitary products free for school kids, educating men to better understand women’s physiology — menstruation should be at the very top of the conversation list.”
However, the trend of using menstrual blood on the face is not a proven skin treatment, and Elizabeth said it could cause harm.
She explains, “Besides that menstrual masks actually work, one of the most important considerations with a DIY menstrual blood mask is the risk of infection and inflammation.”
Elizabeth said, ‘My advice – stay away from it and focus more on proven skin treatments and breaking the taboos and secrets of menstruation.’
This opinion is also taken by Joyce Park, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, founder of the teledermatology clinic Skin Refinery, and creator of Tea with MD.
dr. Park posted her own video on the social platform where she explained, “Menstrual blood is a mixture of shed epithelial – skin – cells from the uterine lining, white blood cells and red blood cells.”
According to dermatologists, it is not safe to use menstrual blood on your face for a number of reasons.
‘The blood can easily be contaminated with microbes, [such as] bacteria or fungi, and that can spread to your skin,” explains Dr. Park out.
“If you have sexually transmitted infections, you can also spread them on your facial skin by using contaminated menstrual blood.”