Banana peels for your skin? Experts react to viral skincare TikTok.


You’ve heard of chemical peels for your skin, but what about banana peels? 

TikTok user @dr.mamina, dermatologist Mamina Turegano, has gained a fanbase of 862,500 followers in part thanks to her mother Michiko’s viral skincare regime, which includes treating her skin with banana peels.

In the video, which has garnered more than 758,000 views, Michiko is seen rubbing a banana peel on her face, neck, arms and hands.

Can that part of the banana you usually throw away be a beneficial part of your skincare routine?

Not so fast, says Dr. Samer Jaber, a dermatologist at Washington Square Dermatology in New York.

“There is no science that rubbing banana peels on your skin can benefit your skin,” Jaber says. “That being said, bananas contain antioxidants and rubbing bananas are unlikely to cause any harm to your skin.”

In the video, Turegano says bananas also contain other properties that are popular in at-home facial masks such as potassium, vitamins, zinc and amino acids.

She says potential benefits include hydration, gentle exfoliation, antioxidant effects and wrinkle reduction.

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