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15 Worst Pieces of Health Advice You Should Never Follow

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7. Using household products to get rid of acne

“You can’t imagine some of the terrible skin advice we hear and see,” says Rhonda Q. Klein, MD, a dermatologist in Connecticut. “Do not use sandpaper to exfoliate and even out skin tone and texture! While we use something similar in-office to help with tone and scars, do not try this at home,” she says.

Using household products to get rid of acne can scar, wear away skin, or leave dark marks if done improperly. One more bonus myth-buster: “Don’t use kitty litter for a DIY ‘clay’ face mask,” says Dr. Klein. “Even though many of these do contain clay, please stick with safe, tested cosmeceuticals.”

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