Things you shouldn’t put on your face

Things you shouldn’t put on your face

There will be times in your life where our products would run out. During those times, to be more resourceful we tend to use household products that we think would actually help our skin care routine. Some of them do help but there are items that would actually do harm on our skin, more importantly would cause harm right around our face. To prevent that from happening, here is a list of things you should never put on your face.

Toothpaste. There are a few articles circulating that says putting toothpaste on your acne scar would help lighten them and if you put to a fresh pimple it would help them disappear. If it is safe to use on your teeth then it must be safe to use on your skin, wouldn't you think? Unfortunately, that's not true. While people have been using and touting toothpaste as a "zit-zapper" for years, it is simply bad advice. While it most likely will help to dry out the pimple, toothpaste can irritate your skin and has the potential to be overly-drying. That's not to say you have to forego spot treatments, you just shouldn't use toothpaste. Alternatives such as AHA and BHA would simply do the trick of removing your pimples and lightening the appearance of your scar without harming or making your skin overly dry.

Hairspray. Setting spray, also called finishing spray or makeup setting spray, is a really useful tool in helping your makeup stay put all day. You simply mist and voila! Your makeup is set in place and you can stay all dolled up without the fear of your makeup breaking up. Well, couldn't you just use hairspray to achieve the same result? People do, but that doesn't make the tip full-proof. While hairspray is less expensive than setting spray, you should not put it on your face because its purpose is to hold your hair in place and it contains alcohol that would strip your skin’s natural oil, and putting on hairspray to your face would clog your pores. So just use setting spray if you like wearing makeup. It will keep your makeup in place and it kills of bacteria. 

Soap. Just what should you be using to wash your face? As a kid, you may have used a handy dandy bar of soap. As an adult, however, that is not the best idea. Facial soap has a lower pH value than standard body soap, which is what makes it so ideal for use on the face, as it is less likely to dry out your skin. Using standard hand soap or body wash could leave your face red, dried out, or even result in peeling skin.

Hydrogen Peroxide. It is a popular zit fighter because it kills bacteria living on your face. But hydrogen peroxide can damage your own skin cells, including fibroblasts that help make new tissue and heal wounds. Also avoid it for cleaning cuts and scrapes. Use soap and water instead. Hydrogen peroxide might irritate your already fragile skin.

Breast milk. This liquid gold has long been known for its bevy of health benefits for babies. Now some spas are offering breast milk facials to tamp down pimples and to soothe skin. It won’t hurt you. But you are better off using a face cream or other products that contain lauric acid, the fatty compound found in mother’s milk.

Witch Hazel. This plant is a common natural remedy to treat acne, tighten pores, and fight greasiness. Witch hazel acts as an astringent, a type of chemical that causes your skin tissue to contract. But toners that contain witch hazel can strip all the natural oils from your skin. That might lead to irritation, dryness, and even allergic reactions.

Deodorant. If beads of sweat are always rolling down your face, swiping an antiperspirant over your brows, cheeks, and elsewhere may seem like a clever solution. It isn’t. Deodorant sticks and rollers can clog pores and make you break out. The skin on your face is also sensitive, and you might get an allergic reaction. See a dermatologist instead. They may curb your sweaty glands with prescription medications or Botox.

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