Guys, please stop applying toothpaste to your zits and dark spots. Not only will it not work (or, at least not even close to as well as usual skin-care products), but it’s also filled with irritating ingredients, like peppermint, peroxide, fragrances, and alcohol, making it the perfect combination of things that will tear up your skin and possibly lead to chemical burns.
Hot water strips your skin’s moisture barrier, so we actually consider it an irritant, a steaming-hot shower feels excellent on a cold morning, but the water will literally zap away your skin’s lipids, leaving it irritated, and itchy—which is especially scary for people with eczema, psoriasis, or keratosis pilaris, whose skin barrier are already compromised. Plus, drying out your skin will put your oil production into overdrive, leading to more acne and breakouts.
OK, so the skin on your body and the skin on your face are not the same—at least, in terms of what they can and can’t handle. Most body lotions contain a ton of fragrance and fewer nourishing ingredients than a facial moisturizer, which is fine for your tough, resilient body, but potentially irritating and comedogenic for your face. Heavily fragranced body lotions are a Pandora’s Box for anyone with rosacea or acne, because you’re essentially adding fuel to the fire for any skin condition. Even if you don’t have skin issues, you’re still likely to have some sort of reaction, because fragrance is a top-three skin allergen, meaning it’s irritating for most people.