Debunking Skin Care Trends

Do you like to try home remedies to combat skin problems? It might be best to think twice next time you want to DIY. Some of the most popular trends to help “fight acne” can inadvertently cause your skin to break out even more. In this article we walk you through trends are just flat-out bad for you! (including Windex on a zit – all you ‘My big fat Greek wedding’ fans out there!!!)  


Toothpaste on a zit  

This might come as a shock, but toothpaste is not meant for your skin! The heightened pH levels in toothpaste can cause the skin to get a rash or even burn, while other key ingredients found in most toothpaste brands such as sodium lauryl sulfate, can irritate the skin when used topically. Human skin is delicate! So an unnatural combination of ingredients such as those found in dental products, can disrupt the balance of your skin and cause more harm than good. Keep toothpaste... limited to your mouth, keeping the iridescence of those pearly whites.  


Blackhead strips  

"Some of us” love that cleansing feeling of peeling off a pore strip from our nose and seeing all the gunk that was removed, but blackhead strips are some of the worst products for your skin. The adhesive on the pore strip can cause irritation and leave the skin looking red and flaky. Since the strip is tugging at the skin, it can also cause spider veins and broken capillaries to appear. If you have sensitive skin or a predisposition to skin conditions, blackhead strips should be avoided due to the risk they post to extreme skin flareups.  


Apple cider vinegar on acne 

We’ve all heard of the incredible benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar has on the body’s digestion and maintaining blood sugar levels; in fact, it’s probably one of the most common home remedies for helping solve just about anything! From weight loss to acne, apple cider vinegar has some benefits, but do some of these “benefits” outweigh the cons? Well when it comes to skin, the purported benefits of apple cider vinegar definitely fall short of the negative impact this product can have when used topically. Human skin has a pH level that is very delicate, and apple cider vinegar is overtly acidic, which can throw your skin off-balance. Responding to the acidity when used topically on the skin, the body will generate an inflammatory response resulting in the skin becoming red, dry, and flaky. Even though apple cider vinegar can help to remove oils, it’s not worth drying out your skin and causing a rash!  


Coconut oil for moisturising 

Some people believe using coconut oil to help moisturise your skin will help hydrate and leave the skin feeling smooth and healthy. On your elbows and knees, this might be an okay remedy, but on your face, coconut oil can severely clog your pores and prevent the skin’s natural breathability. “Coconut oil has one of the highest comedogenic ratings (a scale of 1-5 that says how much a product will clog your pores), which is particularly problematic for sensitive or blemish-prone skin,” according to dermatologist Paul Dean, MD on Skin Resource MD. The purpose of a face moisturiser is to help hydrate and nourish the skin, but also to give it a lightness and elasticity. (p.s. This is why we love our daily dermaceutical moisturiser so much). 


There are many other DIY skin care routines that probably should be avoided but these were our biggest red flags. Next time you see a cool trend or want to try something out - make sure to do some research and consult your dermatologist just to double check. Your skin will thank you later!  




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