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DIY skin hacks that you should NOT be doing

November 27, 2020

Some DIY skin hacks that you see a lot of people doing are actually bad for your skin—but which ones are these? Read on to find out!

In our quest for cheaper skin care alternatives, we often turn to DIY skin hacks: quick, easy and affordable skin care tips that claim to be just as effective as commercially-produced skin care products. But many of these skin care hacks are actually not good for your skin. If you’ve already read our blog on skin care myths, this is a good follow-up: what DIY ingredients are believed to be good for your skin, but will actually cause more dama

Lemon and other fruits

Fruits such as lemon, strawberry, kiwi, orange, and calamansi are often used as scrubs or fruit masks—or worse, their juices are often directly applied to the skin, especially areas that you want to lighten. Here’s the bad news: the acidity of lemons and other fruits will actually do more harm than good! Lemons and other fruits have lower pH levels than your skin (lemon, specifically, has a pH level of 2). This throws off your skin’s pH balance and strips off its protective layer, making it dry, flaky and irritated.

Instead of trying to make your own fruit scrub or acid peel, go to your dermatologist instead—this way you can avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils, or worse, getting burns. Or you can go for milder exfoliants that you can use every day such as the SMACNE Exfoliating Aloe Cleanser. 

Baking soda

We see many DIY skin care tips using baking soda as their primary ingredient—in fact, it’s considered a wonder ingredient for exfoliating, for treating pimples and for tightening your pores. But don’t reach for that baking soda in your pantry just yet: it’s too alkaline for your face and can cause major skin irritation! When it reacts with your skin’s natural acidity, it strips the skin of its natural protective barrier, which makes it difficult to regulate your pH levels and makes it easy for acne-causing bacteria to penetrate your skin. It’s not the wonder ingredient many beauty “experts” claim it to be.

Cooking oils

Here’s the thing about oils: many of them are good for your skin—but many can be just as bad. One good example is most varieties of oil that you use for cooking. Olive, coconut and almond oils, which are commonly found in household kitchens, are comedogenic—this means they can clog pores and actually make your acne problems worse if you have normal to oily skin. They also don’t penetrate your skin deeply and mainly stay on the surface, so they don’t do a very good job of moisturizing your skin where it matters. Stick to known carrier oils such as argan or witch hazel, which won’t clog your pores and which are absorbed deeper into your skin. 


Now this one’s popular as a replacement for acne treatments, but toothpaste isn’t meant for your face. The fact that it’s used to clean your teeth enamel, which is a much harder surface than the skin on your face, should be a hint. But toothpaste is popularly applied onto pimples to help dry it out and reduce inflammation—which works, except it also dries out the surrounding skin, causing damage. Switch from that toothpaste to the SMACNE Acne Treatment—you’ll thank us for it. 

Apple cider vinegar

This is another popular DIY home remedy that’s used in many beauty treatments. ACV is rich in alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), which are known to help reduce acne while rehydrating your skin; however, when used in a formula that’s too concentrated, it can cause irritation. Even worse, some beauty bloggers recommend that you mix ACV with crushed aspirin. Crushed aspirin has salicylic acid, another known ingredient to fight acne, but when you mix the two together, they can cause irritation and burns. It’s best to stick to ACV-based products that are professionally formulated for the skin to be sure. 

Raw egg / egg whites

Eggs are great for moisturizing your hair, but they may make you sick if you apply it on your face. If you put raw egg on your face, you risk being infected by salmonella—yes, the same salmonella that can infect you if you ingest raw or undercooked eggs. Here’s a pro tip: if you really want to use eggs as a DIY beauty ingredient, keep it on your head, not on your face. 

Sea salt

Sea salt is popularly recommended as an ingredient for DIY scrubs, both for the face and body. But here’s the deal about sea salt: it’s too coarse and too big, which can scratch deeper into your skin and cause microtears. Instead of using sea salt, try sugar—smaller granules mixed with a little water make a great scrub for your face, as long as you avoid your delicate eye area. 

Make sure to research thoroughly before trying any DIY skin hacks to avoid damaging your skin. And while you’re at it, check out our free trial offer for the SMACNE kit—you can try our proven acne-fighting duo for free! 

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