Ingredients To Avoid In DIY Skincare

You might be attempting to cut down on the number of goods you buy, including skincare, while self-isolating at home to prevent the transmission of the new coronavirus. Alternatively, you may have a skin-care emergency and lack access to a drugstore for a rapid remedy. You could be looking for a fun new beauty product to add to your routine. DIY skincare is becoming increasingly popular as a result of this.

Making your own skin-care products at home, according to experts, can really be beneficial to your skin. Adapting [homemade products] for skincare is usually a win-win situation, and the process of cutting, chopping, and preparing excellent colored fruits and vegetables is also a terrific method to relax and get away from our current circumstances.

There are certain common DIY skin-care items that can do more damage than good to your skin. Here are some ingredients dermatologists advise you to avoid or use with caution.

Lemon and other fruits

Although many Pinterest tips claim that lemon is an excellent at-home skin brightener, professionals advise that you keep it in the kitchen. Lemons are acidic and can cause skin irritation, leaving them raw and stained. Lemon can potentially produce Phytophotodermatitis, which is a type of inflammatory skin reaction. Lemon can cause burning and hyperpigmentation if applied to sun-exposed skin. Unless you have an allergy to one of them, most other fruits should not trigger a significant reaction. For this reason, experts recommend patch-testing your DIY mask before using it all over. However, be aware that some fruits have a drawback. Avoid staining with berries and fruits, which is a DIY hazard.

Toothpaste and Baking Soda 

Although the DIY technique of using toothpaste to treat acne may work due to the antimicrobial triclosan in toothpaste, experts advise against using it instead of genuine acne treatments. And YES! The same goes for baking soda. Toothpaste and baking soda can irritate or inflame the skin.

Raw Eggs

Although eggs are included in several K-beauty products, using them straight to the skin can have some nasty side effects if done incorrectly. A raw egg can cause a bacterial infection known as salmonella. Salmonella skin infections are rare, according to studies, but if you do a Google image search for them, you won't want to take the chance.


Because of the acidity and pH-balancing characteristics of vinegar, some individuals use it in toners, although it's not a dermatologist-approved method by any means. Regardless of the benefits, I would avoid vinegar. The odor is offensive to the skin and lingers far too long.


Some spices are strong, hence should not be used directly on the face. Although turmeric can stain skin, this does not make it a no-no. Linkner swears by turmeric and says she's been using it to make her own DIY mask for years, while some claim that it has anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon, on the other hand, should be avoided at all costs. Certain spices can be irritating to some, so stay away or spot-test first. Remember to be mindful.


Although certain homemade remedies can be good for the skin, don't treat them like store-bought products. Never use DIY masks on a regular basis, and never leave them on for an extended period of time.

If you need treatment for a serious skin condition, check with your dermatologist or health care provider to determine if virtual consultations are available.