17 Things You Should Never Apply On Your Face

You Must know about certain things when you apply any product to your face

17 Things You Should Never Apply On Your Face
The Internet is flooded with umpteen beauty hacks for a radiant face! But do you think that everything you read is everything although some products may produce immediate results, they may prove harmful in the long run.

So if you are wondering whether a particular product or ingredient is good for your facial skin, then you should read this article. You should avoid applying it on your face, and why.

Things you must avoid using on your face

1. Paraben

paraben products

Foundation, BB cream, shampoo, lotion, and many other skincare products often contain paraben as an ingredient. This harmful chemical can cause hormonal imbalances in your body by affecting estrogen. Some people also have allergies due to paraben-based products. Allergies can cause itchy red skin and even swelling.

Tip: Check the label on the product before purchasing, so that you can avoid using paraben.

2. Body Lotion

Free photo side view woman applying face treatment

When we opt out of our regular face cream, body lotion often becomes a product for the face. However, it should not be used on the delicate skin of the face. As body lotion is thicker in density and smooth, its oily texture can block facial skin pores and cause acne. In addition, body lotion contains artificial fragrance. They may cause an allergic reaction.

Tip: Use only facial-related products for your face as they are light and mostly non-greasy.

3. Sugar

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For most DIY face scrubs sugar is a common ingredient. While it has some amazing healing properties, it can be abrasive to your skin. Use may cause irritation, redness, and dryness of the skin. If not used gently, sugar can hurt your skin from scratches that cause microscopic tears.

Tip: In case you want to use sugar on your face, apply it very softly.

4. Hot water

Hot Water

Just as hot water should not be used to wash hair, it is also not suitable for your face. Direct use of hot water on your face will reduce the moisture in your skin, which will make it dry and dull. It can also cause irritation.

Tip: Use lukewarm water for facial steam therapy. This will help open your skin pores and loosen the dirt for better cleansing. It also softens blackheads and whiteheads, making them easier to remove.

5. Lemon

Lemon Face

Enriched with vitamin C, lemon is actually good for health. But applying raw lemon pieces or lemon juice on your face can do more harm than good. Psoralen, a chemical found in lemons, makes your skin sensitive to light. So, going out in the sun after using lemon can irritate your skin. It can also be a chemical burn.

Tip: If you need DIY bleaching or skin-lightening ingredient, use potato or tomato slices, which are considered safe alternatives.

6. Toothpaste

Don't use Toothpaste on Face

Toothpaste is very popular in social media as a DIY remedy for blackheads and acne. But experts say that using toothpaste can cause irritation and infection on your face. If you have used toothpaste on your pimples before, you may have noticed that they make the usage red post. This is because toothpaste contains strong ingredients, which can irritate your skin.


Tip: Avoid using toothpaste on your face and use safe treatment instead.

7. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is used for many things. Due to its multipurpose nature, you may have also used it to cure pimples. However, baking soda is alkaline in nature and can cost your skin, its pH balance. Your pH level protects your skin from bacteria and infectious pathogens. If your natural pH is disturbed, you may get a breakout.

Tip: Avoid using baking soda on your face.

8. Glue

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Many popular social media influenced people to give DIY treatment to their followers. One such remedy is using glue as a blackhead remover. Peeling the glue is a really fun experience. But it is not appropriate to use on your face. Gum can be toxic to your skin. Even a non-toxic gum can block your skin pores.

Tip: Use safe treatment to remove blackheads.

9. Bar-soap

Free photo pink soap

Clean your face with soap or face wash to remove dirt or excessive oil. But in that process, you cannot lose the natural oils that keep your skin hydrated. Frequent soaps remove natural oils from your skin and make it dry, rough, and even itchy.

Tip: Follow the instructions of dermatologists, and use a face wash or gentle cleanser for the face.

10. Coconut Oil

Free photo jug of coconut oil whit coconut put on dark background

The use of coconut oil is not recommended for people with oily skin. Coconut oil is a good carrier oil and is used in many home remedies for hair and face. Observing coconut oil into your skin is a bit of time taking process. If you already have oily skin, coconut oil will close your skin pores. This acne will eventually cause a breakout.

Tip: If you cannot go without facial oil, use a small amount of olive oil.

11. Hair Spray

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Setting up your makeup with a hair-spray can damage your skin. Hair spray contains alcohol which reduces the level of skin moisture. Your skin will be dry, dull, and aged for some time. Hair sprays also contain many other chemicals, which can cause skin irritation and rashes.

Tip: Use a Makeup spray that is meant to set makeup.

12. Nail Polish

Photo close-up of bottles with spilled nail polish

Using nail polish for face painting is a popular hack recommended on the Internet. However, nail polish contains acrylic molecules that can damage the skin of your face [3]. It snatches away moisture from your face and makes it extremely dry. Therefore, even if you have seen the video on it, do not apply nail polish to your face.

Tip: Use non-toxic colors that are for the skin and are safe.

13. Mayonnaise

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Apart from making the food tasty, mayonnaise is also used in homemade hair care regimen. Some also use it as a face pack. This is not appropriate because mayonnaise is acidic and impetigo. This can cause your skin pores to close. Additionally, ingredients in mayonnaise, such as egg yolk and soy, may be allergic.

Tip: Avoid using mayonnaise on the face.

14. Shampoo

Free photo portrait of green-eyed woman without makeup on isolated wall. girl decides which shampoo is better to use.

When cleansing your hair with shampoo, sometimes it dries on your face. Even if you do not intentionally apply shampoo on your face, even this small amount can damage your delicate facial skin. The shampoo’s cleansing agents are great for hair but harsh for the skin. Generally, our face wash contains milk ingredients.

Tip: While washing hair, try to protect your face with shampoo.

15. Expired Sunscreen

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Many people use sunscreen only during the summer season, and save it for the next year as soon as the summer is over. Naturally, there is a chance to exceed your sunscreen expiration date. Many use unprocessed expired products. This will not protect your skin neither it will be any good. In fact, a finished product can cause allergies.

Tip: Use sunscreen regardless of season, and keep an expiry date in check.

16. Wax

The skin of the face is more soft and delicate than the rest of the body. So, while waxing can be a great option for body hair removal, it is not so for facial hair. In fact, it can cause ingrown hairs, sensitivity to the sun, rashes, and in some cases, as well as stains.

Tip: If you have a lot of facial hair and cannot go without waxing, do a patch test before applying it to your face.

17. Deodorant

Free photo close up on woman applying deodorant

Social media beauty hacks always talk about using deodorant as a face primer. However, this product is only for you. There is a lot of difference between the skin of the armpit and the face. Your facial skin has more oil glands, while armpit sweat glands are more. Deodorant controls sweat production and not oil secretion. Using deodorant on the face can cause itching and discomfort.

Tip: Use a Good face primer that prevents your face from Manufacturing too much oil and sweat.

Tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated

While the list above tells you what not to apply to your face, here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Keep a simple daily routine for skincare, and it will go a long way in providing you brighter skin.

  1. Never forget to remove your makeup before going to bed with makeup.
  2. Wash your face no more than twice a day. Overwashing can cause dry hair.
  3. Limit your shower time within 10 to 15 minutes to maintain a natural pH balance.
  4. Scrubbing once a week is sufficient, and avoid scrubbing your face.
  5. Gently remove your facial hair whether you shave it off or use wax. Follow guidelines properly before and after hair removal.
  6. Eat a diet that contains antioxidant foods.
  7. Moisturize your face every day with face cream or lotion.
  8. Minimum 8 hours of sleep each night.
  9. Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.
  10. Get to know your skin and get skincare products that suit your skin type.


Your face is your primary identity and it needs attention and care. But taking care of your face does not mean only applying products. It also involves identifying the ingredients you need to strictly avoid. As the facial skin is very delicate, it needs light and soft products that suit your skin type. Know what to avoid for a glowing glow.