7 Trendy Skin Care Products to Never Put on Your Face

The World Wide Web is a vast and wondrous place, equally full of opinions you never asked for and advice you never knew you needed. Stradling that line? The millions upon hundreds of millions of Google search results for “products to never put on your face.”

As we are talking about the internet here, conflicting opinions are to be expected. One person swears by a certain exfoliator, while another swears it ruined their skin. However, almost everyone on the internet seems to agree that these seven products are the ones to avoid.

The reasons why you may want to eliminate the following scrubs, tools, and masks from your facial care routine vary — some are too harsh, some are ineffective, some just don’t live up to the hype.

But all seven have one very important thing in common: They have no business being near your skin.

1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

What’s missing from the fine print:

Has there ever been a fall from grace as far and as forceful as that of the iconic St. Ives Apricot Scrub? We think not.

The grainy exfoliator was a cult-favorite for years back in the day… until consumers caught onto the fact that it was hurting their skin more than helping it.

In 2016, a lawsuit was filed against St. Ives and its parent company, Unilever, claiming that the crushed walnut particles the product relied on for exfoliation actually caused microtears in the skin, leading to infection and overall irritation.

(Studies have shownTrusted Source that fruit pits, which are structurally similar to walnuts, are too abrasive for delicate facial skin — particularly when it comes to acne treatments.)

The verdict

Dermatologists agree that ground walnuts are a skin care no-no, and while the St. Ives lawsuit was ultimately dismissed, the internet still agrees: It’s better to be safe than sorry, no matter how good this stuff smells.

If you still crave the freshly buffed feeling of a physical exfoliant, look for hydrogenated jojoba beads or gentle corn grains instead.

2. Clarisonic Face Brush

What’s missing from the fine print:

The dangers of over-exfoliating are real, and dermatologists say that at most, you should be exfoliating one to two times per week.

Any more than that could cause major irritation… which is precisely what happened to more than a few former fans of the Clarisonic Face Brush.

First thing’s first: The Clarisonic Face Brush is considered a “sonic cleanser” and not an exfoliator. However, since it’s equipped with fairly firm bristles that vibrate to cleanse the skin, some exfoliation is indeed happening there.

If you bust out the Clarisonic morning and night, as many users do for that “deep clean” feeling, it’s possible it can lead to irritation. In 2012, one YouTube vlogger went so far as to call his Clarisonic experience “6 weeks from hell.”

The verdict

Sonic cleansing devices are derm-approved — but not for every skin type. More resilient skin may be able to handle them a couple of times per week, but sensitive, thinner skin will want to skip this altogether.

Really want a good clean? Try the #60SecondRule.

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