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All natural skin care is a very healthy, mindful, and effective way to take care of your skin. However, like with most things, you can also find some horrible advice on using natural products to improve your skin. Some keep popping up quite persistently, so it’s time to debunk some of those myths.
What are the worst natural skin care tips on the internet? The worst tips are myths that aren’t only worthless at doing what they promise, but often do just the opposite. Some are even detrimental to your skin, and you should avoid them without exception.
Let’s take a look at some of the worst advice the internet will throw at you, and why it’s a terrible idea to act on this nonsense. Some of these bad examples may come across as logical tips at first glance, but luckily, we’re here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.
1 Don’t Use Nail Polish Remover or Acetone Against Acne
Information and tips about acne are very popular on the internet. That’s not very strange, given most of us have to deal with acne at some point in our life. It’s hard to avoid altogether, even if you’re blessed with great skin.
Because of this, tips and tricks to get rid of pimples – or how to reduce them – are abundantly available. Unfortunately, many of those recommendations will do more harm than good. But do you really want to put acetone or nail polish remover on your skin, just because you’ve read something about it on a random website?
Might not be the best plan. These types of cleaning agents damage your skin. As a result, bacteria can roam free, and sebum production increases because of this. So, it doesn’t only fail to work, it’s actually harmful to your skin.
2 Don’t Use Toothpaste to Get Rid of Your Acne
This is one of the most stubborn myths about treating acne. The reality is that toothpaste can actually make acne problems worse — natural home remedies such as lemon juice, vinegar, and alcohol are also not a good idea. These products irritate and damage the skin and make it even easier for bacteria to cause nasty inflammation.
Where did this tip originate from? This is probably because toothpaste sometimes contains a small amount of zinc — which acts as an anti-inflammatory. However, toothpaste contains other ingredients – such as fluoride – as well, that actually irritate the skin. All in all, it’s not a very good idea to put it on your skin if you want to treat acne.
3 Don’t Use Lemon Juice to Hide Pigment Spots
Lemon and vinegar are often advised to reduce pigmentation or pimples, among other things. Another bad idea. Lemon and vinegar have a very low pH value and will affect the acidity of the skin.
This can bring natural skin fauna out of balance and cause pimples and irritated skin. And did you know that ‘bleachers’ like lemon can also cause nasty spots when you apply them to the skin when you’re sitting in the sun? Trying to hide coloration on the skin with acid and exposing this spot to direct sunlight can do double the damage.
4 Iodine for Sunbathing – a Terrible Plan
Putting iodine or betadine on your skin to tan in the sun as quickly as possible works wonders according to certain sources. In fact, I’ve read that getting sunburned in addition would be even better under these conditions because it would provide you with a nice tan afterward.
Apart from the fact that iodine can cause severe skin irritations in some cases, the product can also cause sun sensitivity. And did you know that iodine can slow the growth of connective tissue cells? Also, remember that burning, in any case, means damage to your skin.
5 Beautiful Skin with Mashed Aspirin and a Hint of Lemon?
Mashed aspirin on your face for smooth skin. The idea behind this is not so strange. Aspirin, also called acetylsalicylic acid, has a structural formula that resembles the exfoliating substance salicylic acid.
But acetylsalicylic acid is only broken down to salicylic acid after consumption. The question is, therefore, whether a mask of aspirin or “peeling” can work on the skin. We, therefore, prefer a well-formulated exfoliant with salicylic acid for the skin. Then you know for sure that it works!
6 Using Urine on Acne or Eczema: How Lovely
Using your own urine if you suffer from pimples or dry (eczema) skin? Urea, which has a component of urine, has an exfoliating effect. It helps the skin lose dead, hardened cells, and improves the moisture balance.
This tip is not entirely crazy. Special ointments with urea also exist. But using your own pee… Urine is full of waste products that the body doesn’t want to get rid of it for no reason. Furthermore, the urea concentration in urine is much lower than in a good cream, and the risk of bacteria is also very high.
7 Preparation H Against Bags, Fashion Quirk?
Preparation H is a ‘tested’ concept against hemorrhoids. This tip has been circulating for many years, especially in the fashion world. But can that tip work? The known ointment is used to promote the healing process of hemorrhoids and to reduce itching, pain, and swelling. There is doubt about that effect.
The two most important active ingredients in the ointment are beer yeast extract and shark liver oil (squalene). It has not been demonstrated that these substances can provide relief from the said complaints. Research showing that the ingredients can do something about dark circles or swelling under the eyes is also missing. In addition, the product contains excipients that can cause skin irritation.
8 Sunbathe with Olive or Coconut Oil?
There are a lot of tips on the internet that recommend DIY sunscreen creams. Often these consist of only natural oils. Some of those products such as olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil do indeed naturally have an SPF.
But the protection is really very limited. For coconut oil, for example, the protection against UV-B corresponds to a factor of 7; however, the oil does nothing against UV-A radiation. These products are, therefore, by no means a full replacement for sunscreen. Vegetable oils are suitable for taking care of your skin. But certainly, don’t sunbathe with it.
9 Baking Soda: The All-Rounder, But Not for Your Skin
Baking soda is multifunctional: it can be used for baking, removing odors and it provides bubbles in soft drinks.
This home-garden-and-kitchen remedy is also used incredibly often in skin tips. Be careful with that; baking soda is relatively alkaline (pH value from 8 to 8.5). Just like lemon and vinegar, the product influences the pH value of the skin. This can ultimately cause skin problems.
Nature has a lot of good things in store for your skin, but that doesn’t mean everything it provides is actually good for your skin. It’s a good idea to use natural products, but try to always use logic or do some research.
There are a lot of people on the internet that have the urge to advise people, even if they have no idea what they’re talking about. Always keep in mind to be a bit of a skeptic if you’re reading things on the internet. It will serve you well in the long run and your skin will thank you for it.