5 things you should not put on your pimples

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Emily Khor

We all know how annoying it can be to have a huge red angry pimple the day before a big event. All we wanted to have is just spotless skin. Why is it so hard for some of us? Desperate times calls for desperate measure, we are all tempted at one point or another to use natural “effective” acne treatment we see online. After all, they are ingredients that could be found in every household. Hold on to that thought though, some ingredients are not meant to be put on your face. Interested to know more? Read on!

1. Toothpaste
Yes, at first it does look like it’s working, the pimple has dried out as you have expected. The catch however is less than ideal. Toothpaste can cause melanin production on your skin, thus forming brown spots and discoloration on the area you applied the toothpaste on. Surely you wouldn’t want dark spots all over your face.

2. Baking soda
Even though many beauty bloggers and youtubers claimed this remedy as a miraculous (not to mention, cheap) way towards eliminating your pimples.  The problem with this acne treatment happens to be the paste which is highly alkaline, suddenly introducing it to our face will damage the protective lipid layer on our skin because the pH value of our face normally falls around 5.5. If the product you put on your face is too alkaline, your skin becomes sensitive and dry. You do the math!

3. Lemon
The logic behind the unsuitability of this ingredient on our face is the same as baking soda, except that it has acid value that is too low to be considered safe for us to slather on our face. Using this will throw your skin’s natural pH value off balance. Plus, if you are exposed to the sun while lemon juice is still on your face, it will irritate your skin because it contains a chemical called psoralen that causes a surge in your sensitivity towards light.

4. Petroleum Jelly
Sure, petroleum jelly does a lot of things for you. It helps with healing insect bites, wounds, chapped lips and etc. Various online websites also state that you could use it to moisturize your face. Even though it does work, it also seals in debris and dirts, which you already know, causes clogged pores and breakout.

 5. Coconut Oil
If you have been immersed in the beauty world for a while now, it is no surprise that you may have come across articles praising the benefits of using coconut oil on your face. While coconut oil could work on some skin type, you might want to reconsider this option. According to ingredients’ comedogenic ratings list that could be found online, coconut oil is highly comedogenic and it can block pores, thus worsening your breakouts.

Fret not, this Acne Solution Serum is here to save the day! This serum contains olive leaf extract that helps in minimizing the appearance of blemishes, preventing it from ruining your  perfect day/ event.

ALLYOUNG NEWS EDITOR Emily Khor 2017.08.09 16:00