5 Products You Should Never Use on Your Face

Do you want vibrant and healthy skin? Avoid putting these products on your face.
5 Products You Should Never Use on Your Face
Elisa Morales Lupayante

Reviewed and approved by the pedagogue in physical education and nutritionist Elisa Morales Lupayante.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Your skin is the biggest organ you have, and it’s constantly being exposed to many factors that can affect its health. The climate, diet, hydration, lifestyle habits, and beauty products you use are factors that can influence the state of your skin, positively or negatively, according to the care you give it.

The most delicate parts of your skin are the skin on your face and neck. These delicate areas are at a higher risk of suffering from certain skin-related problems in these areas because we tend to apply more products on them.

Many dermatologists and cosmetologists say that certain products can damage your skin. This is because they can cause a bad reaction that will dry it out, favor the appearance of acne, and other skin problems.

Below, we’ll list 5 products that you should never use on your skin if you want it to look great.

5 Products You Should Never Use on Your Face


Many beauty tricks suggest using vinegar for problems like acne or fungus.

However, it’snot recommended to apply it to your skin because the acetic acid in vinegar can cause damage to this area. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin, open wounds, cuts, or burns.

Using vinegar directly on your skin can increase dryness, which is why if you want to use this product on your skin, we recommend diluting it with water.

If you feel a burning sensation when you apply it, it’s best to stop using it right away. In any case, this product is not the most recommended for skin care, so you should avoid it completely.

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Vegetable Butter

David Colbert, an aesthetic dermatologist in New York, suggests that using vegetable butter on your skin can have negative effects and isn’t good for caring for your skin at all. 

It’s true that many beauty products for the skin use vegetable butters as ingredients to nourish and hydrate it.

However, this specialist states that vegetable butteris too heavy for the skin on your face because it blocks pores and boosts the appearance of acne.

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Hair Sprays and Shampoos

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An old trick to supposedly set makeup well is to apply hair sprays to your face and thus get your makeup to last.

However, the truth is that this can dry out your skin.These products having high amounts of lacquer and alcohol, which are not good for your skin.

The same thing happens to those people who use shampoos to clean their face. These products have chemical ingredients that are not good for your skin and cause irritation and dryness.

Creams with Retinol

Retinol is promoted as being an active anti-acne and anti-aging ingredient.

However its use is not recommended because it’s too strong for the skin, it thins it out and can make it more sensitive. Also, in some cases this product has been proven to cause reddening in the skin and can even cause a rash.

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Pure Vitamin E

It’s true that vitamin E is good for your body and many cosmetic companies even use it in their products.

However, you should avoid the use of oil directly on your skin because it can block your pores and cause acne outbreaks. Also, there have been cases of reactions like burning, swelling, and/or reddening when using this product directly on skin.

Recommendations for Skin Care

  • Remember that not all skin types react in the same way when using different products. That’s why, before using any kind of skin product, it is good to read the recommendations and/or apply only a small amount to some part of your body to see if any negative reactions appear.
  • Before buying any new product, make sure it doesn’t have alcohol or any composite that affects your skin like in the case of retinol.
  • There are different skin types and it is important to learn how to identify which one is which. It’s important to see a dermatologist so that they can advise you on the most recommended products according to your skin type.
  • There are many natural ingredients that help hydrate and take care of your skin effectively and healthily. If you want to avoid chemical and expensive creams sold at stores, then natural products are a good option for skin care. With natural beauty treatments too, however, it’s important to learn about them and test them beforehand, in order to make sure they won’t have any negative effects on your skin.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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  • Limits for acetic acid. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=15&ved=2ahUKEwinxMmE9qXmAhWJLVAKHcPCAUUQFjAOegQICRAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fec.europa.eu%2Fsocial%2FBlobServlet%3FdocId%3D7877%26langId%3Den&usg=AOvVaw3e88tVEcnU5HMGdlWKuREm
  • Clin Interv Aging. 2006 Dec; 1(4): 327–348. Published online 2006 Dec. Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety. doi: 10.2147/ciia.2006.1.4.327

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.