common DIY skincare ingredients that HURT your skin
Most of these ingredients do help your skin, but for some reason people take that to mean, “I should recommend people use this straight without thinking about dilution and other ingredients”. So here is a short list of some common ingredients that, while they may help, might also be causing you other problems if you’re using them improperly. Be smart, people!
Bicarb soda - SO BAD. ruins skins acidity so makes it vulnerable to bacteria, and strips skin of oils. DO NOT USE.
Apple cider vinegar - if you’re going to use this, PLEASE GOD use it highly diluted. Chemical burns, people! I’ve seen people recommend using it straight and I almost fainted.
Peppermint/anything with menthol - sensitising, can burn, not fun
Lemon & citrus in general - sensitising, irritating, causes photosensitivity and may cause hyperpigmentation
Yarrow extract - sensitivity and photosensitivity
Cinnamon - sensitising, can cause irritation
Walnut shell - sharp edges, can cause microscopic tears and irritate skin, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND
Apricot kernel - rough and irregular edges, can cause microscopic tears and irritate skin
Tea tree oil - sensitising, can burn, okay in small amounts (ie DILUTED)
Most essential oils - unless you dilute them appropriately