Who doesn't love a good beauty hack? We sure do, but with the number of tips and tricks circulating around the internet, it can be hard to tell which ones are good or bad. Below, we break down the top homemade remedies and why you should stay far, far away from them. Seriously, your skin will thank you. Keep on scrolling to be guided:
1. Lemon juice
DIY aficionados have long claimed lemon juice to be effective in exfoliating your face and brightening dark spots. While this citrus fruit may be great as a beverage, it's way too harsh for your complexion. According to Dendy Engelman, M.D., you can run the risk of acid burns, hyperpigmentation, and hypersensitivity to the sun. You're better off using lemon- and other citrus-infused products that are safe and formulated for use on the skin.
2. Baking soda
Another DIY skincare hack mainstay is baking soda. It seems like this all-around product can do anything from washing your hair, whitening your teeth, brightening your underarms, and a whole lot more. You may want to leave the baking soda for cleaning your bathroom, though, because using it on your face can disrupt the pH levels of your skin. This can cause more breakouts, irritation, and redness.
With the never-ending hunt for blemish-busting treatments, some people have turned to "home remedies" like toothpaste. It can apparently "dry" out zits and make them heal faster. What you should remember, though, is that our teeth is the hardest substance in our body, and we use toothpaste to clean them. Our skin, however, is extremely delicate. Applying it to your face can disrupt the pH balance of your skin and irritate it, according to Rachel Nazarian, M.D. You're better off using anti-acne gels that are safer and more effective in banishing breakouts.
4. Rubbing alcohol
According to DIY gurus, using rubbing alcohol (!) as a toner (!!!) can keep your grease at bay. Yes, it may minimize the shine for the time being, but it can also severely dry out your skin, leaving it taut, parched, and irritated. If you have an oily complexion, use these safe and gentle toners instead.
5. Coconut oil
This may seem like a sin to include in the list since coconut oil is known as an effective home remedy for moisturizing dry and brittle hair. It's another story, however, when it comes to using it as a face moisturizer. It is highly comedogenic, which means it will clog your pores like no other. Remember, congested pores equals acne breakouts!
Blackheads are truly the bane of our existence, and we would try anything to get rid of them. Some people have even gone as far as using glue as a DIY peel-off mask! While it's true that glue is non-toxic—kids use them in school, after all—but on your face? It's a bad idea. Not only can it terribly irritate your skin—it can actually clog your pores even more. Yikes. It's better to stick to safer, derma-approved products instead.
Using sugar as a body scrub is fine since the skin on our arms and legs are a lot more resilient, but it's different when it comes to our face. Its jagged, angular edges are abrasive and can cause micro-tears on your complexion. If you're looking for some serious exfoliation, you're better off using acid-based toners instead.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.