Updated: Jan 3
I have compiled five of the worst skincare products I most commonly hear about in the treatment room.
1. Coconut Oil
1. Coconut Oil
Every couple of years, there is a new fad. Using coconut oil to cleanse and
moisturize is one of those trends that needs to end, like right now.
Coconut oil sits on top of the skin and has one of the highest comedogenic
ratings. The comedogenic rating is based on an ingredient’s pore clogging
potential, 1 being least likely and 5 being the worst.
Coconut oil is rated a 4.
Coconut is also found in many cosmetics as a silicone alternative.
Ingredients to look out for include coco-caprylate and coconut alkanes.
If you have acneic skin, it is important to look out for coconut and any
derivative as it can exacerbate the issue.
As an alternative, try using Grapeseed Oil.
2. Sheet Masks
Well, not all sheet masks … there are actually some great clinical-grade ones,
but you won't find these at your local Target. I've never met a sheet mask from
a local store I liked. They are filled with garbage, and some have added
steroids. This revelation has sparked an ongoing investigation regarding the
use of undisclosed steroids in sheet masks. Some companies are adding them
in to give the consumer an instant glow. So be careful and
don't fall for the cute packaging!
Instead, try Avene or StoryDerm sheet masks.
3. Abrasive Exfoliating Scrubs
I'm actually not a fan of physical exfoliants (products with grit) and much
prefer chemical exfoliants.
I find that when you regularly use a chemical exfoliant your skin is in a
constant state of cell renewal, which gives your skin a nice glow. Also, the
nice thing about chemical exfoliants is that there are many different types,
making it suitable for just about everyone.
The problem I have with physical exfoliants is that they are often too harsh
and, because you exfoliate through the action of rubbing, it's very easy to over
4. Chemical SPFs
Do yourself a favor and throw away your chemical SPFs.
Chemical SPFs contain ingredients that convert UV rays into heat, and then
release the heat from the skin. In doing so, it can exacerbate dark
hyperpigmentation (dark spots), making them larger and darker.
Chemical SPFs also contain many ingredients that are detrimental to our
health and to lake/sea life. Octinoxate, a common ingredient in SPFs, causes
hormone disruption and is harmful to wildlife. Many countries are starting to
ban this ingredient, although the United States has not followed suit, yet.
So what should you wear instead of a chemical SPF? Mineral sunscreen.
Mineral sunscreens are made from zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Instead
of absorbing UV rays, it creates a barrier and the rays bounce off the skin.
You'll know if a sunscreen is truly mineral by the ingredient deck. The only
active ingredients should be the ones just mentioned.
Try Skin Script Mineral SPF. It's light, odorless, and goes on clear!
5. Makeup Wipes
I'm sorry to tell you, there are no substitutions for washing your face. In a pinch, makeup wipes are better than nothing. However, they should in no way be your nightly cleansing routine.
Although they remove your makeup, they simultaneously leave residue behind. For those suffering from acne, these should be avoided at all costs!