THREE popular skin fads that are ruining your skin!

Check out three popular skin fads that are ruining your skin.
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We all want our skin to look as flawless as B-town celebs, don't we? But unfortunately, we don't have access to the same resources as them, so we resort to the internet for help.

We're so focused on looking for quick fixes and readily available tips that we forget to do our research and try to find out if what we're going to use will even work for our skin or end up doing more harm than good.

Today, we'll talk about THREE popular skincare fads that are everywhere and are slowly but surely killing our skin.

1. Baking Soda

It's a staple in everyone's home, isn't it? That's why when we see DIY skincare recipes online involving this ingredient we excitedly hurry to our kitchen and whip up the recipe that some YouTuber told us. 

The truth is, baking soda isn't good for our skin, and we'll explain why in just a moment.

Let's go back to chemistry class for a second and remember what pH is. The dictionary defines it as such, a figure expressing the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a logarithmic scale on which 7 is neutral; lower values are more acid and higher values more alkaline.

Do you know what baking soda's pH is? N I N E! Yes, you've read it correctly. Its pH is nine which means it's incredibly alkaline. A group of doctors found out that such a high pH can damage our skin barrier and turn it into a bacterial breeding ground which obviously is something we don't want to happen.  

2. Lemon 

Another staple in everyone's home, readily available and favorite item in DIY skincare recipes. Some say it lightens the skin; other says it helps with clogged pores... but what they all fail to mention is how acidic it is. It has a pH of 2, and it contains citric acid. Researchers have found out that it makes you extremely sensitive to sunlight, and other than that, it is phototoxic - which means it renders the skin susceptible to sunburn, blisters, and rashes.

Yes, it does have some short-term results - which is why bloggers and YouTubers cluelessly rave about it, but they're NOT worth it because the long-term damage it does to our skin is tough to repair. 

3. Sugar (other harsh abrasives) 

By now, you must've noticed that all of these skincare fads are grocery staples and in fact, the main reason they're so popular it's precisely this. 

Pinterest is filled with sugar face scrubs recipes that will allegedly unclog your pores, give you softer skin than a baby's butt, cure your acne and do your taxes too! 

The thing with sugar is that it is not as bad as baking soda & lemon, and it can be used to make DIY scrubs but for the BODY only! Or facial skin is very sensitive. 

Studies and dermatologists have verified that harsh abrasives such as sugar, create micro-tears in our skin that will irritate it, increase the likelihood of infections caused by bacteria, and speed up the aging process. 

Here's what some renowned doctors had to say about this: 

“You are disrupting the barrier,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Your skin is dry and cracked, but you are breaking your skin down further with these scrubs.” 

Dr. Dennis Gross says, “Scrubs are a primitive way to exfoliate. It’s like using sandpaper on your face. If you look closely at the sandpaper surface, you’ll see lots of scratch marks, and that’s what happens on the skin.” He agrees with Begoun that the inflammation and irritation triggered by scrubs can accelerate the aging process. 

These are only three out of the many skincare fads that are doing the rounds of the internet these days and if you'd like us to dispel some more or would like us to write about other skincare concerns let us know in the comments.


Sorry but the " micro-tears" theory has been debunked. If anything, people use dermarollers to pierce the top surface of the skin, it renews cell production and heals scars.

thx pv... i have 1 q i was using sugar to scrub my lips nd face nd it leavs my lips soft bt my face red... wht can i use as homemade scrub now?? i cant afford expensive shop items am a student... need natural homemade... plzzzz post

The thing that don't apply pressure when you are using scrub. Its the vigrous scrubbing with pressure that destroys the skin. Ubtan or scrubs have have been used for centuiries. They don't destroy skin its the wrong use of it that tears the skin up. Dermatologists put more chemicals on skin and cure the symptoms not the cause of disease.Don't believe everything that doctors tell you. They love to keep you as their patients till the end of your life and pumped you more with medications for their comissions from the pharmaceutical industry.

Dermatologists would much rather that people may ooodles and ooodles of money for the products that only they can prescribe, when there actually is some merit in cheaper alternatives. It's all about the money. Lemon juice has to be diluted with other ingredients such as glycerin or rosewater to make it less harsh for the skin...and it should be applied at night...not during the day where sun exposure could lead to hyperpigmentation...and it should only be used short-term. Even essential oils...when diluted with a carrier oil...can help keep the skin smooth. A mixture of olive oil, sugar, and a bit of your favorite lotion forms a nice scrub that will leave your hands and feet feeling soft. Everything in moderation.

Hey Amy, nice article,well written and very helpful.I actually used to make a lemon and brown sugar mask which always irritated my skin but I was so naive that I thought it was normal. Anyways keep writing about skincare,and helping out people like me. May Allah grant you success.

what abt curd, lemon nd turmeric mask ?? dangerous or not ?

Lemon isn't good for your skin - no matter what you mix it up with.
We'll talk about the other ingredients you mentioned in our next article.
Thanks for reading!

nice articles pv thanks

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