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A dermatologist takes a look at ‘slugging’, the popular new skincare trend

Slugging is the latest beauty trend to take over TikTok. But does it really live up to the hype?

The #slugging hashtag has over 200 million views on the app. Videos of people slathering petroleum jelly on their faces for clear, nourished skin seem to have flooded the app. While some claim it got rid of their acne, others say it’s their secret to supple skin.

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In The Know spoke with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky to find out if slugging is really all it’s supposed to be.

“Slugging uses an occlusive, like petroleum jelly or petroleum jelly, as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine to really lock in moisture and prevent water loss so you have super dewy, hydrated skin the morning,” says Dr. Zubritsky. Aware.

Products that contain petroleum jelly, such as petroleum jelly, aquaphor, and CeraVe healing ointment, tend to be popular options for slugging. And while it may be the latest trend among Gen Z, Dr. Zubritsky says it’s been around for decades.

“It’s something that not only the younger generation can embrace, but it’s also something that dermatologists can embrace. So it’s effective. It’s affordable, she says. “And it really works.”

While she doesn’t recommend the method for acne-prone or oily skin, it may be beneficial for normal to dry skin.

“I don’t usually recommend applying it thick. Really, you just need a super thin layer to reap the benefits,” the doctor explains.

Dr. Zubritsky’s slugging routine involves cleansing, applying serums, moisturizing, then finally putting on a thin layer of petroleum jelly. She recommends knocking only a few nights a week so the skin can still breathe.

“The biggest risk with slugging is that if you’re using things like tretinoin or glycolic acid or salicylic acid, retinols or retinoids, you could block those things,” says the doctor. “It could increase the potency and absorption of these products, which could lead to more irritation.”

Most hesitant punchers worry that applying petroleum jelly or aquaphor will clog their pores. But Dr. Zubritsky says that’s not a major concern.

“Vaseline or petroleum jelly on its own is non-comedogenic,” she says. “But it rests on your skin. It can prevent dirt, debris and oil from escaping from your skin. That’s why it’s really important if you want to rock this trend that you make sure your skin is totally cleansed of all of that, so you don’t trap that dirt and oil and cause breakouts.

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