Dermatologists Reveal 5 Things to Never Put On Your Face

Moisturizers with collagen

“Frankly, I believe that the collagen molecule is too large to work as a topical. The active ingredient does not penetrate the skin, so you’re just getting an overly expensive moisturizer.” —S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, CEO and Founder of Miami Skin Institute

 

Abrasive face scrubs

“There is no reason to use abrasive face scrubs, which can be irritating and induce hyperpigmentation. Most people who try them are acne patients and you can’t scrub acne away. Your face is being irritated unnecessarily. Instead, I cleanse with a creamy wash using my hands then I use a washcloth to wipe the cleanser off (don’t scrub).” —Brooke Jackson, MD, Founder and Medical Director of Skin Wellness Dermatology Associates in Durham, NC

 

At-home microneedling devices

“I feel there’s so much risk of infection from these devices because they create all those tiny holes in the skin. Your skin barrier function is compromised. We do microneedling with radio frequency in the office, but it is in a controlled, cleaner environment so it is safer.” —Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills and author of Heal Your Skin

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