Beauty Products You Should Not Put On Your Face

Not all beauty products are the same. Some are specifically formulated for certain parts of the body and shouldn’t be used on others. Using just any old product on your face, for instance, can wind up doing more harm than good.

Dr. Mark A. Deuber provides a list of beauty products that should never be used on your face. If you need more skin care advice, we’d be more than happy to discuss matters with you at our facial plastic surgery and rejuvenation center in Dallas, TX.

Anything Alcohol-based

Alcohol is a common ingredient in many kinds of beauty products. Alcohol dries out the skin, though, which can have negative effects on your appearance. Stick with a product that does not contain alcohol to avoid dry skin and irritation.


Hairspray belongs in your hair, though it sometimes winds up on your forehead and parts of your face. Many hairsprays contain alcohol and lacquers, both of which can result in dry skin. When using hairspray, do your best to keep it away from your skin to avoid gradual drying and flakiness.


On the note of hair, shampoo is designed to remove unwanted oils and dirt from your hair. It’s not made to cleanse the skin. Washing your face with shampoo can lead to dry and flaky skin. Only wash your face with a well-formulated facial cleanser or delicate facial scrub.

Lip Scrubs

Lip scrubs seem like a good idea since they get rid of rough, dry patches on your lips. However, these scrubs tend to be too abrasive, doing more damage to your lips than they should. Instead of lip scrubs, use a safe and natural lip balm to restore moisture and softness to your lips.

Body Lotion

You’ve probably had a moment when you’ve washed your face and have just run out of your go-to facial moisturizer. You figure that body lotion also helps moisturize so it ought to be fine for the face. As it turns out, body lotion is called body lotion for a reason.

The skin of your face is much thinner than other parts of your body. Body lotion tends to be thicker than facial moisturizers and fragrant as well, which makes allergic reactions and breakouts more likely.

Foot Creams

If body lotion is bad your face already, you can imagine why foot creams are even worse. Foot creams are specifically designed for the thick skin of the feet and the calluses that can form there. Most foot creams are too thick, sticky, and rich for the face, with ingredients in concentrations that could harm your facial skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil may be good on your hair, but it’s a bad idea to put it on your skin. Coconut oil is quite thick and acts more like a wax on your skin rather than being absorbed. Since coconut oil sits atop the skin and cannot be absorbed by your pores, it can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and even, paradoxically, dry skin. Consider this another reminder to stick with your facial moisturizer.


We’ve all heard about using toothpaste to help get rid of pimples. The toothpaste can dry up an unwanted zit, but it does do damage to your skin over the long run. The ingredients in toothpaste can irritate your skin over time, and can cause dry skin as well. Try to use specially formulated products for acne and keep your toothpaste in the tube, on a toothbrush, or on your teeth where it belongs.

Hot Water

Hot water can be great when cleaning around the home, but you should be using warm or lukewarm water whenever you’re cleaning your face. Hot water can actually strip the moisture from your skin, leaving you with a dry and irritated face in the process.

Learn More about Skin Care

For more information on do’s and don’ts when it comes to skin care, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center. We will be more than happy to discuss these matters in much greater detail. You can also reach out practice by calling (214) 220-2712.


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