23 things you should never put on your face

1. Rubbing Alcohol

Like hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol is an antibacterial disinfectant used to sterilize wounds to avoid infection… and to clean your house.

It may feel cooling on the skin, and impart a “tingling” sensation that makes you feel like it’s working, but alcohol is one of the most drying, damaging ingredients you can put on your face.

It dissolves the DNA of both bacteria and human skin cells, leading to dryness and buildup of dead skin cells.

Before purchasing a toner or facial astringent, always check to ensure that it doesn’t contain isopropyl alcohol, which will strip the skin and lead to further clogged pores and excess oil production.

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2. DIY Crayola Makeup

Sad to say, I’m also guilty of this.

You’ve probably seen or heard of Youtubers making tutorials on how to make DIY Crayola Lipstick.

And they’ve probably said in their tutorials that the crayons are okay to use because they’re non-toxic.

Well, they’re not.

Crayola has even come out to make a statement discouraging their products as a substitute for makeup.

Makeup goes through lots of testing before it’s put out in the market, and is intended for your face.

Crayola crayons?

Not so much.

Crayola crayons are not tested, designed, or approved to use on your face, and it’s just not safe.

3. Nail Polish

Attempting to paint your face for a ensemble party?

This just has a place on your nails.

It has acrylic particles that will really dry the skin out.


In this way, in case you’re contemplating doing up your face for a topic gathering, just utilize paint intended for your face.

4. Hair Serum

Hair serum contains certain fragrances which will irritate your skin vary badly.

What to never put on your face?

Never put hair serum on your face.

5. Sugar

We already know that ingesting too much sugar spells disaster for your skin, but using it in your beauty routine as a DIY facial scrub can wreak havoc, too.

Facial skin is far thinner than the rest of your skin, so while a sugar and olive oil exfoliator can make your legs look smooth and gorgeous, the texture of the grains are too rough for the fragile epidermis on your face.

This is true of many scrubs and exfoliators, even some marketed for the face—they’re just too rough, and while they lend themselves to smooth-feeling skin, their sharp edges are actually creating tiny tears that damage and prematurely age the skin.

6. . Baking Soda

While baking soda may be convenient to get your hands on and seem perfect for exfoliating, it’s not a good idea.

Baking soda is on the basic side of the pH scale, and will leave your skin dry and unable to regulate itself.

This means that because the baking soda stripped your skin of its natural oils, it will break out.


If you’re looking to exfoliate, run out to a store and buy some exfoliating scrub.

7. Body Lotion

It would be pleasant to simply slather on one cream and be finished with it, yet body salves ought to NEVER be connected to your face in light of the fact that they’re generally a considerable measure thicker and regularly contain scents that may bother your facial skin.

8. Hair spray

Even if your beautician convinces you saying that hair spray comes handy in setting your make up, never use it on your face.

The spray contains alcohol which dries your skin fast.

When your skin looks dehydrated, you tend to

9. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly can be helpful for sealing in moisture on super dry, fragile skin, as well as protecting cuts, bug bites, and other wounds from the air, but it isn’t a long-term fix or sufficient moisturizer.

Skin will feel softer at first, but just as petroleum jelly seals moisture in, the thick emollient also seals in dirt and debris and can actually cause dryness over time because it keeps out additional air and moisture.

We repeat: Petroleum jelly does not actually moisturize but rather retains what’s already in your skin, including the bad stuff.

10. Lemon

Lemon is highly acidic, and like baking soda will disrupt the skin’s pH balance.

Its phototoxic properties will make the skin irritated when exposed to sun, which can cause chemical burns – and you don’t want that!

Any of these items is best avoided if you want clean and healthy skin.

There are beneficial DIY remedies that will actually help and treat your face skin with care.

Avoid touching the face and wash it with lukewarm water in the morning and evening.

Never wear makeup overnight and always check the authenticity of any remedy you find online.

11. Don't: Try More than 1 New Skincare Product at a Time

Why it's really that bad: The more unfamiliar ingredients and products there are on your face at once, the higher the likelihood that your skin won't play well with one of them.

"And if you have a reaction, you won't know which product caused it," says Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York.

The fix: Don't try to overhaul your entire skincare regimen in one go.

Limit new products to 1 per day.

12. Baking soda

The rough texture and consistency of baking soda make it a regular choice for a scrub – but you should avoid it at all costs.

Baking soda disrupt the most essential thing for your face, the pH balance, and also damages your skin and prevents it from being able to keep moisture.

13. Chemical Sunscreens:

These include oxybenzone and octyl methoxycinnamate and have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity.

What to look for: Choose a sunscreen or product with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide instead.

14. How water

A hot shower does wonders, but too much heat will extract all the moisture from the skin.

It will also soften the natural oils and remove the skin protective barrier.

This will lead to dry skin, and if you have a naturally oily skin, it will produce more oil because of the dryness.

15. Don't: Over-Exfoliate, Over-Cleanse, Over-Apply

Why it's really that bad: Both dermatologists we spoke to have seen patient after patient who assumes that if a little is good, more is undoubtedly better: Women who wash their face 4 times a day, exfoliate in the morning and at night, pile on 4 wrinkle fighters or blow right by the "apply a thin layer" direction on acne spot treatments and lay them on thick.

"The only thing you're going to accomplish is drying out and irritating the skin and making whatever problem you were trying to solve worse," Day says.

The fix: Best results come from following the directions on the product.

If you're doing that but still not getting what you want from your current regimen, ask your dermatologist how you can safely improve it.

16. Rubbing alcohol

Alcohol has its benefits when used for sterilizing wounds, but you’re not doing your skin any good if you rub it on your face.

It will dry the skin severely, and it may actually dissolve the DNA of the skin cells, which eventually results in dead skin cells.

17. Petrochemicals:

These are chemicals derived from crude oil.

These petroleum-based ingredients include petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin (derived from nonrenewable sources).

When applied to the skin they can form a barrier that doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and can clog pores.

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