Things You Should Never Put On Your Face

Just because something is good for your hair or body, it does not mean you can slather it on your face. With DIY’s popping up from every corner advocating for this or that remedy, not every hack is worth trying.

Your face is the most obvious part of your body everybody will see hence the need for giving it special attention.

It is easy to panic when your face wash runs out and you reach out for something else you think may work, but there are some things you should never ever put on your face. It is easier to deal without a face wash than a nasty reaction to the substitute you played.

To avoid unwanted breakouts, irritation or allergic reactions, make sure to never swipe any of these products on your gorgeous face.

They say your face is the center of all emotional expression. It is also your identity – the most obvious part of you that people recognize. It is very special and therefore, needs special attention. While there are many things you can use to enhance your complexion.


Just because it is soapy and makes your hair smell good, it doesn’t mean that it will do the same for your face. Your face needs a cleanser made with milder ingredients while your hair requires strong surfactants to get rid of the oil and dirt. Shampoo will end up making your face look dry and flaky. When washing your hair, ensure the shampoo doesn’t touch your face and if it does rinse it off with a gentle cleanser.

Acetic Acids aka Vinegar

Vinegar is a toner. It might be safe to use, but you must always keep in mind that vinegar loses water as it ages, causing it to become stronger. If you use strong vinegar, it will burn your skin. It is best to buy a toner that’s suitable for your skin needs, rather than experimenting with your facial skin.


For the longest time, toothpaste has been promoted as an acne cure. According to dermatologists, toothpaste can actually raise melanin production and it can form brown spots as well as discoloration in the parts applied. Due to the mint, it can irritate your skin further and even lead to scars. It is better to apply tea tree oil to the affected area instead.

Vegetable Shortening

Vegetable shortening is a remedy for psoriasis and can be applied only on the skin of your body. It is too heavy for your facial skin, and will definitely lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

Petroleum jelly

Many swear by Vaseline because it can cure cuts and bites but using it on the face can do more harm than good. While it moisturizes your skin, it also seals in debris and dirt which could further dry and blemish the skin.


Mayonnaise is great for your hair, and you might find this ingredient in many DIY hair recipes. But it is not good for your face. It is acidic, and it will also lead to the clogging of pores, therefore not allowing it to breathe. So, don’t ever use mayonnaise on your skin, even by mistake.

Lemon juice

Citrus fruits like lemons can irritate the skin because they have a chemical called psoralen which makes your skin sensitive to light. Lemon is loaded with acids which can erupt the skin as well as disrupt your pH balance. Exposure to the sun can lead to burning and irritation.

Nail Polish

Nail polish should never be used on your face. It has acrylic molecules that totally dry out the skin. If you ever have to color your face, make sure you use paint or color that is formulated and safe for your face. Experimenting is good, but not when it comes to your face.


With many DIY’s using sugar as an ingredient, it may not be such a good idea to use it, especially on your face. Promoted as an exfoliant, sugar can scratch and abrade your skin.


This one is rather funny! If you think that just as a deodorant hampers perspiration in your underarms, it will also keep your face from perspiring, and your makeup from melting down, you are wrong. Your facial skin needs to breathe, and if you use a deodorant on it, it will stop breathing.

Hot water

While a steam facial is good for your face, contrary to what people think about using hot water to remove bacteria, hot water can actually strip the moisture out of the outermost layer of your skin.

Foot Creams

This should be a no-brainer. I mean, who puts foot cream on their face? But if you do, just because it is lying around, think again. These creams are extremely thick, sticky, and very rich. They are made so that they can break down and exfoliate the tough dead skin on your feet. These things will only harm your facial skin.

Body lotion

The reason it is called so is that it is meant to be applied to the body. Research shows that the skin on your face is much thinner than other parts of the body which is why nearly all body lotions contain less nourishing and more fragrance ingredients than facial moisturizers. Traditional body lotions should not be applied to your face because their ingredients can lead to even more dryness, clogged pores, and other potential allergic reactions.

Hair Spray

Rumor has it that hairspray will also help in keeping your makeup in place, just like it sets your hair. But you should never spritz hairspray on your face. It contains alcohol and lacquers that will dehydrate your skin and make it look much older than it actually is. These sprays also contain repellents that could irritate your skin and cause inflammation and redness as well.

Hair Color

Most of you are aware that you need to be really careful while you color your hair, making sure it does not touch your facial skin. Hair color has an overload of chemicals that could be really harsh on your skin. For all of you who like to color your eyebrows to match your hair color, it is best you use vegetable dyes or tinted brow mascara instead of box dyes. The box dyes could irritate the skin around your eyes and make your eyes burn, causing you to tear up.

Your face is delicate and fragile, more than you realize. It is best you are aware of everything that comes in contact with your face. Take good care of it and stay beautiful.

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