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When it comes to skincare, just about everyone will give you advice on how to treat acne, how to prevent blackheads, how to get rid of sun spots and remedies for wrinkles. Unfortunately, not all of the advice you’re given should actually be taken. Here are some of the most outrageous pieces of advice we’ve heard and why you shouldn’t believe them.

1. The Toothpaste Trick.

Ever heard that old tale about using toothpaste on a pimple? You probably have, since it’s one of the oldest skincare tricks in the book—but trust us, don’t take this advice too seriously. Toothpaste is meant for your mouth, not your delicate skin! It may dry out the pimple, but it will also dry out your skin and can cause even more harm than you’d think. Because of the harsh ingredients in most toothpastes, it can cause irritation to your skin, resulting in redness, inflammation, and peeling. So instead of using a minty fresh toothpaste to diminish your breakouts – try a potent serum that’s actually made for the skin! ACTIVE SERUM is a fantastic option for blackheads and whiteheads, and can be used all over the face, or as a spot treatment. For those painful, cystic, “underground” pimples, opt for PRO-HEAL SERUM ADVANCE+. It is specifically formulated to rapidly minimize inflammation – a.k.a. the reason your pimple, is big, red and tender.

Toothpaste trick

2. DIY Skincare

Don’t believe every DIY when it comes to skincare. For example, there are some DIY skincare solutions out there telling you to use lemons, sugar, or baking soda directly on your delicate complexion – YIKES! These are just some of the ingredients that are better used for baking than for exfoliating, and will actually do more harm than good – even if they produce some results in the short-term.

Lemon juice and wedges
Lemons, for example, are extremely acidic, meaning they can affect your skin’s natural pH levels - leaving your skin irritated. Even worse, lemons’ acid content makes your skin even more sensitive to the sun which can ultimately lead to blistering or discoloration that can last for months!

Sugar is another major skin no-no. The texture of sugar, with its uneven, jagged edges, can create microscopic tears in the skin and disrupt your vital lipid barrier, leaving you vulnerable to dryness and flakiness.

Baking soda powder
Using baking soda as an exfoliant or a cleanser is another tip we wouldn’t recommend testing out. Baking soda is way too harsh of a scrub and also affects the pH levels of your skin.

While the idea of using at-home ingredients and creating your own skincare products sounds great, we definitely recommended you do some research – or even better – leave it to us professionals! Our products are painstakingly formulated by doctors, chemists, and a slew of other experts who know what’s best for the skin.

3. Avoiding oils

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, someone has probably told you at some point to look for “oil-free” everything. Well… forget what you’ve heard. With this way of thinking, many who suffer from breakouts default to using harsh products that strip away your natural oils. While that may sound like the solution, it actually makes your skin over-compensate, and produce more oils - therefore worsening congested pores.

While it may sound counter-intuitive, oils can actually be your skin’s savior, as many oils contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and soothing components. That means they’re actually beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin! Many oils are also packed with vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to help heal, protect, and hydrate the skin. If the skin is properly hydrated, it is less likely to overproduce oil throughout the day. So don’t shy away from oil-containing products!

Oil Bottle

4. All of the crazy SPF advice!

Let’s get right down to it – when it comes to sunscreen, we’ve heard some advice that makes us cringe! For example, layering products with SPF makes the total SPF higher? Nope. Or you don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day? Nope, again. Don’t be fooled in thinking that by layering your products that contain SPF, like your moisturizer and foundation, will add up to be a higher SPF. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. And the sun may be hiding behind a sea of clouds, but that doesn’t mean that UV rays aren’t penetrating through.

Sunscreen at the Beach

While there is some great skincare advice out there, we definitely encourage you to do your research before taking any tips. Better yet, see a skincare professional to figure out exactly what your skin needs!