4 Real-Life Beauty Horror Stories

As Beyoncé says, “Pretty Hurts.”

We've all had our Dr. Frankenstein moments of trial and error, experimenting with everything from skin potions to blades and needles, all for the sake of clear skin, lustrous hair, and a more youthful appearance. And sometimes these mad scientist moments turn painful and ugly.

In honor of Halloween, gather 'round for these four real-life tales of beauty experimentation gone horribly wrong.

The Tale Of The Flesh-Eating Fruit

"I was squeezing lemons to lighten my hair when I was 19 or so. Then I laid out by the pool without washing the juice off. I woke up the next day with huge blisters all over my hands. I almost had to get skin grafts."--Logan J.

The Tale Of Debilitating Side Effects

"Trying to cure my problems with acne, my physician prescribed me an oral medication, Minocycline, and prescription wipes containing Clindamycin. I had been using the same regimen for years throughout high school and college until the medication caught up with me. Since I had taken so much of the medication I developed a longterm side effect, resulting in symptoms very similar to rheumatoid arthritis, along with the swelling of my ankles. Being that I was 20 years old when this all started, it was very strange to be walking around with fat ankles and joint pain. I now have been off the prescriptions for about a year and the pain seems to be completely gone and my ankles have returned to a normal and healthy size. I am still working on finding a skin regimen that gives me the same results as the prescriptions did. Who would have thought that my skin would have been better in high school than in my twenties?"--Anonymous

The Tale Of The Lingering Stench Monster

"I tried that mayo deep conditioner home remedy trick in high school: you put mayo on your hair for 20 minutes and rinse it out. I left it in for an hour and attempted to combine two home remedies by pouring a beer over my head, too. Ultimately, it didn’t rinse completely out, so when I dried it, I basically cooked mayo on my head and have been completely repulsed by mayonnaise ever since." --Colleen W.

The Tale Of The Creepy Crawlers

"I used to love playing with hair. One dark day of childhood, I must’ve been around three years old, I got lice from another kid at my Montessori school. This was also during a phase where all I wanted to do was brush EVERYONE’S hair, mine included, because I loved how hair felt. It was also during this phase that I gave my mom and two brothers lice. Like a wonderful family member, I like to share."--Anonymous

  • Do you have a beauty horror story? Or a second hand beauty story?
  • What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you as a result of your beauty routine?

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