10 Skincare Products Dermatologists Warn You Not to Put on Your Face

There are many unregulated cosmetic and skincare products in the market these days. This is because many regulatory Health Agencies in this department do not exactly consider examining products designed for the most porous organ of the body worthwhile. As such, many harmful unapproved skincare products make their way onto the shelves in the market.


To make you aware of the dangers of using such products, dermatologists have listed 10 skincare products that you absolutely should not put on your face.

1Coarse Face scrubs

Abrasive and coarse face scrubs are something which you should never use on your face. Brooke Jackson MD, Founder and Medical Director of Skin Wellness Dermatology Associates in Durham, North Carolina said “Most people who try them are acne patients, and you don’t scrub acne away”. Dr. Jackson recommends using cream-textured facewash in which you use your hands to wash your face and dry it with a washcloth, to avoid skin irritation.

Coarse Face scrubs

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2Regular soap

According to dermatologists, regular “old school” bar soaps can strip the skin of essential nutrients. These soaps are made using harsh and unnatural chemicals which can deprive the skin of essential moisture. This results in rough, dry, and itchy skin. This is why dermatologists don’t suggest using bar soaps to cleanse your face.

Regular soap

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3Alcohol-based skin products

Skincare products which contain alcohol are never good for your skin. When alcohol is absorbed in the skin it makes the skin very dry and irritated. This only results in skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.


The owner of a dermatologic practice in New York City, Dr, Gervaise Gersstner advises, “Instead of alcohol, look for an essence or toner that is water based, so you’re not drying your skin out”.

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4Physical Exfoliants

Using physical exfoliants to exfoliate your skin can cause dryness and irritation, especially in winter. Meghan O’Brien MD, a dermatologist at Tribeca Park Dermatology in New York City, even warns that using abrasive wipes or pads can irritate the skin and lead to eczema and acne.

Physical Exfoliants

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While shampoo is great for your hair and scalp it’s never a good idea to use it as a substitute for regular cleansers in emergencies when you don’t have your cleanser with you. Shampoo is originally designed to clean your hair and not your skin and even dermatologists will even tell you to not use it on your face. The surfactants present in shampoo cleaners can be too harsh to be absorbed by your skin, but are great for removing dirt, oil, and dead skin from your hair. In fact, even the label of the shampoo tells you “for hair and scalp”, and nowhere is it mentioned for face.


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