7 Things you should NEVER use on your face

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 13, 2015

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  • Fragrances can potentially cause allergy symptoms.
  • Baking soda can have terrible effects on skin.
  • Hair products can be too irritable for the skin.
  • Vinegar can burn your skin.

Having a skincare routine is key to healthy and radiant skin. You should also know which products can be used and which cannot be.

dont use on skin

Here’s a list of things that can cause unpleasant effects on skin and therefore, should be avoided.



Many skincare products contain fragrances and several chemical ingredients. The fragrances can potentially cause allergy symptoms other than irritation. It will be best to buy fragrance- and scent-free products for skin, especially when you buy for face. The fewer chemicals there is in a product, the safer it is to use on thin and delicate skin.



If you read labels of skincare products, you will see alcohol under the ingredients list in many. It can cause side-effects such as skin drying. Alcohol as the lone ingredient is ineffectual for treatment as the product claims. So, it is used in combination with other ingredients to increase effectiveness and absorption.



Don’t confuse petroleum jelly with petroleum for skin care. Petrol can cause a lot of unpleasant effects as it can disrupt normal hormone function as well as block pores. Using petroleum on skin will trap icky stuff in your skin, a catalyst for skin damage and blemishes.


Baking soda

Baking soda is used in many remedies, but always in combination with other ingredients. However, baking soda has a high concentration of an alkali (with pH ranging between 4.5 to 5.5) which can have terrible effects on the skin. It is safe as long as you are using a recommended amount.


Hair products

You should never apply hair products such as hair dye, hair spray and shampoo on your skin. These have chemicals in them that can be too irritable for the skin, cause burns and make skin dry.



Vinegar is used in a number of skin care remedies. However, you should not use it alone on your face as it can burn your skin besides causing many other adverse effects.



Mayonnaise is an important ingredient in several homemade facial masks. To use it directly on your face is not a wise choice as it does not allow the skin to breathe.


Avoid applying any of the aforementioned items to your face or at least, learn to use them safely.




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  • Ishu14 Oct 2015

    Didn't know some of these!

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