TikToker recommends taking STD medication to clear your skin

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A TikToker has gone viral after sharing a skin-cleansing lifehack. According to Lauren (@laurenwutang), if your skin needs a refresher, you can simply ask your doctor about chlamydia medication. Lauren says if you get this drug, your skin will clear up in seven days.

While she later clarified that this was a joke, TikTokers took this opportunity to snub her, and in the comments section they talked about why this was a bad idea.

Lauren’s original video currently has over 50,000 views.

“Lifehack, tell emergency care your ex has chlamydia and they’ll give you pills that clear your skin in 7 days,” she writes in the caption that overlays the video. In the caption, she adds, “Pills also eliminate possible chlamydia.”

In comments, she later clarified that this was a joke based on personal experience.

“I literally got chlamydia…that’s the joke,” she says in comments.

However, TikTokers still used Lauren’s video to explain why it might not be the best way to cleanse your skin.

“Did this and got a yeast infection,” said one user. “I wouldn’t recommend it.”

“Don’t do that,” said another. “Using antibiotics when not necessary can induce resistance.”

Lauren later shared that the medication she was prescribed was called doxycycline. Accordingly drugs. comDoxycycline is an antibiotic used to treat a number of different bacterial infections, including acne.

Upon learning this, many users shared their doxycycline horror stories.

“Doxycycline made my throat swell,” recalled one user.

“Doxycycline ruined my life,” said one commenter. “Do not do it.”

However, many were also quick to share their success stories.

“I take doxycycline frequently with no side effects,” noted one TikToker.

“I was taking these pills for acne and when I stopped taking them I broke out so bad,” added another. “I’ve never had so much acne in my life.”

Lauren didn’t immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: April 3, 2022 at 9:14 am CDT

Braden Bjella

Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.

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