If you care about your appearance, you likely rely on advice from experts as well as friends and family. However, some beauty advice should not be followed. Some of it’s just ridiculous and, worse yet, could even harm you. The Cheat Sheet asked a few beauty and health care professionals to share some of the worst beauty advice they’ve either received or heard. Here;s what they had to say.
1. Exfoliate daily by mixing lemon juice and ground oatmeal
Someone told my client to exfoliate by mixing lemon juice and ground oatmeal daily to combat acne breakouts. She followed the advice and, upon first use, her skin became red, inflamed, and then started to scab. She did not attempt it again.
If you have skin prone to breakouts, you should be using the appropriate cleanser, such as salicylic or cleansing gel, to keep bacteria at bay and remove all makeup and debris from environmental exposure. This can be followed by a blemish gel to control future breakouts. Using a daily exfoliant on acne prone skin causes the spread of P. acne bacteria and increases inflammation.
Tina Griffin, director of Blitz Facial Bar
2. It’s OK to use expired makeup
One of my co-workers once told me that it’s OK to use expired makeup. Although it’s tempting, this practice should be avoided at all costs. Expired makeup harbors bacteria, which causes damage to the skin. I understand that people want to save money, but the expiration date on makeup products are there for a reason. It’s just not worth the risk.
Unfortunately, I received this advice while I was still a trainee at a small local makeup salon. The salon used some expired makeup on clients in order to save on overhead costs. Employees at the salon were told that this was an OK practice. I complained to the manager and she told me expired products aren’t a big deal. I was very uncomfortable with this and ended up looking for another salon to finish my training. The salon later went out of business because customers eventually found out about their shady practices.
Always check the label on makeup products and never use products that are expired.
Sandy Taylor, editor at Foundation Fairy
3. Use toothpaste to treat pimples
I was told to use toothpaste to treat acne. Maybe it’s because it was mint-flavored, but my skin burned when I put it on the pimple. A sour couple of hours later, I found the zit even more inflamed! Using a treatment with clay is a far better alternative.
Callie Brzeziński, owner of Look Media Management
4. Too many things to pick just one
As a cosmetic dermatologist I often treat the consequences of some terrible beauty tips that cause lasting damage.
Worst tips ever:
- Put rubbing alcohol on acne. Result: burns and acne flare-ups.
- Use a cinnamon lip or face pack. Result: rashes and burns.
- Place cotton soaked in brandy over the belly button during winter. Result: burns and dryness.
- Put toothpaste on acne. Result: burns and acne flare-ups.
Dr. Sonam Yadav, cosmetic dermatologist and medical director, Juverne
Follow Sheiresa on Twitter @SheiresaNgo.