Slugging: Explaining a TikTok skincare trend

This beauty hack is best suited for extremely dry skin types and those with a compromised barrier.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QC Life) - Dr. Scott Paviol, MD, of Paviol Dermatology, stopped by QC@3 Friday to talk about the new TikTok skincare craze: slugging.

Slugging is a K-Beauty (South Korean) trend involving coating the face in an occlusive petrolatum product (most commonly, Vaseline) to “trap in” moisture and prevent trans epidermal water loss which is a top contributor to dry skin.

This beauty hack is best suited for extremely dry skin types and those with a compromised barrier.

For those with oily or acne-prone skin types, doctors caution against using heavy occlusive products as they could exacerbate breakouts.

For example, Vaseline is so occlusive it can potentially trap your skin’s natural oils under its barrier aggravating the hair follicle and stimulating acne.

Dr. Paviol says slugging is actually nothing new, but it’s just gotten trendy on TikTok.

Dr. Paviol’s patients are all slugged up after a microneedling procedure or chemical peel when they come into the office. They coat their faces in a healing ointment to “repair” their skin after an aggressive procedure.

Slugging with a petrolatum-based product is definitely going to help heal the skin at home as well, especially following using an aggressive skincare product such as a potent AHA exfoliator or retinol where your skin has become sensitive.

Hydrating and methods like slugging aren’t going to give you perfect or even clear skin, but the goal of any good skincare routine is a proper balance between exfoliation and hydration.

So if the skin is hydrated constantly without being properly exfoliated, it can lead to dull and sometimes even congested skin. Balance is key.

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