Just a quick search on Google for skin care tips will result in millions of results on everything from home remedies to over the counter products. Use caution when trying out these tips and hacks as they often lead to allergic reactions, chemical burns and breakouts. Dr. Doppelt and his staff have seen many of these trials go terribly wrong. Here are 4 things a dermatologist would never put on their face.
Somewhere along the line, this became a home remedy for acne lesions. This sounds like a contact dermatitis waiting to happen. Spot treatment for acne isn’t always the best route, but if the best over the counter product for this would be benzoyl peroxide.
2. Coconut Oil
It is very comedogenic (pore clogging). There are so many other better options to moisturize the face, like SkinMedica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer or Total Defense + Repair which will work triple duty to moisturize, protect and repair.
3. St. Ives Apricot Scrub
This is popular with the teenagers to try to get rid of acne. The scrub is an apricot seed that has been ground to a scrub like consistency which can cause fissures or small cuts on the face that can easily get infected, cause irritation or a nasty rash.
4. Essential Oils
Essential oils are currently very popular but their use is not recommended as many are potent contact sensitizers and can cause dermatitis.
Before you head to your kitchen pantry to tackle your skin problems, make a call to a board certified dermatologist to schedule an appointment. Matthew Doppelt and his staff at Southeastern Dermatology are ready to put you on the right path to meet your skin care needs.
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