How “Natural” Skin Care Can Damage Your Skin

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Category : Health

If you have a skincare regimen that includes utilizing common household items, such as lemon and baking soda, you need to put a stop to it right away! Contrary to popular belief, natural skincare can actually harm your skin. Make note of how these do-it-yourself treatments can negatively affect your skin, causing irritation and dryness, and preventing you from having the beautiful skin you desire.


Lemons are commonly used as an exfoliant and to lighten dark spots on the face. This citrus fruit is highly acidic and putting it on your skin can irritate it, as well as disrupt its acid mantle. This protective mantle acts as a barrier for your skin against contaminants, bacteria and viruses. In addition, the oils found in citrus fruit are phototoxic. This means that exposure to the sun can cause further irritation to the skin.


Sugar is also commonly used as an exfoliant, though it should be avoided as such. Your facial skin is thin and the texture of sugar grains is too rough for this skin. Washing the face with sugar can result in tiny tears in the skin and cause premature aging. You will also be more vulnerable to dry and flaky skin.


This product is sometimes used as a makeup-setting spray and should be avoided for this purpose. Hairspray can irritate and dry out your skin, as well as clog your pores.

Rubbing Alcohol

While rubbing alcohol may tingle and give you the feeling that it is cleansing your skin, it can actually wreak havoc on it. This is one of the most damaging and drying things that you can put on your face. Using it can also cause a build-up of dead skin cells on your face.

Hot Water

Hot water can zap the moisture from your skin, causing dryness. Even if you have naturally oily skin, hot water can negatively affect your skin, resulting in an increase of oil production. So, avoid hot water in favor of lukewarm water.

Petroleum Jelly

Using petroleum jelly on your skin can, at first, make your skin feel softer. It seals moisture in, but it also seals in debris and dirt. Over time, using this product can cause dryness because it does not allow additional moisture and air to reach the skin.


Many people use toothpaste to dry out acne. Unfortunately, toothpaste also disrupts the skin’s acid mantle and zaps your skin of moisture. Left on too long, it can even result in chemical burns.

Baking Soda

The pH of baking soda, which is a 9, makes this an extremely bad option for your skin. Using this product can damage the natural barrier of your skin and result in significant moisture loss.

Hydrogen Peroxide

While some people use hydrogen peroxide as a treatment for breakouts, this is a bad idea. Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent and can result in burns and blisters on your skin. It can also cause inflammation.

Body Lotion

Since the skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, body lotion should not be applied to your face. Body lotion on your face can cause clogged pores, dryness, and possibly allergic reactions.

If you have any questions about how natural skincare can damage your skin or would like information on innovative skin care products for great looking skin, please contact us at Elite Serum Rx.

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