Beauty Products You Should Not Put On Your Face

Jefferson Plastic Surgery offers the latest in facial plastic surgery and advanced skin care treatments. While we can do a lot for patients in the office, we find that proper education on cosmetic matters can be quite helpful, especially when it comes to do’s and don’ts for skin care.

The team at our Philadelphia, PA practice would like to list some beauty products that you should never use on your face. Keep this information in mind the next time you’re cleaning your face and going through your usual beauty routine.

Body Lotion

If you run out of facial moisturizer, you may think using a little body lotion on your face will be fine. It turns out that body lotion is called body lotion for a reason. Your facial skin is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. Body lotion is formulated for that thicker skin, and could cause breakouts and allergic reactions if used on the face.

Foot Creams

If body lotion is for bodies, you can imagine how much worse food creams are for your face. These moisturizers are made to treat the thick skin of the feet and to soften up calluses. These foot creams are far too thick and sticky for the face, and contain ingredients in concentrations too rich for your facial skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil may be great for your hair, but it’s not so great for your face. Rather than absorbing into your skin through the pores, coconut oil tends to just sit on the skin, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Worse, coconut oil can, paradoxically, result in drier skin since it locks moisture out.

Lip Scrubs

Chapped and dry lips can be off-putting, which is why lip scrubs may seem like a good idea. Unfortunately, these scrubs tend to be too abrasive for the lips, causing damage to this delicate part of your face. Consider a natural lip balm instead to moisturize and soften your lips.

Anything Alcohol-based

Alcohol is common in many kinds of beauty products, but it should be kept off your face as much as possible. Alcohol can dry out the skin, resulting in rough patches and blotches. Try to avoid all facial products that contain alcohol, whether they be cleansers, scrubs, toners, or makeup.


On the note of alcohol, many hairsprays contain alcohol and lacquers, both of which can dry out the skin. Incidental contact with the forehead and face over a long period of time can lead to dry and flaky skin. When applying hairspray, do your best to keep it on your hair only.


Shampoo is designed to get rid of unwanted oils and dirt in your hair. It may leave your hair feeing soft and smooth, but it won’t have the same effect on your skin. Shampoo can cause dryness and flakiness if it’s in contact with your skin, so do your best to keep it off your face.


Toothpaste is a well-known home remedy to help take care of pimples. While toothpaste can dry a zit away, long-term exposure to the skin can lead to unwanted problems, such as dryness and irritation. Do your best to use toothpaste on your teeth instead of as a blemish remedy.

Hot Water

Hot water is essential for getting a lot of things clean around the home, but you should be more delicate when it comes to facial care. Hot water can strip moisture from your face rather than helping with your appearance. Use warm or lukewarm water on your face instead.

Learn More about Skin Care

To learn more about which products you should keep off your skin and what you can do to combat lines and wrinkles, be sure to contact the skin care experts of Jefferson Plastic Surgery. We look forward to discussing these topics with you. Our office can also be reached at (215) 625-6630.

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Jefferson Plastic Surgery is located on the corner of 9th and Walnut streets in Center City, Philadelphia on the 15th floor of the Wills Eye Hospital Building.

Jefferson Plastic Surgery
840 Walnut Street - 15th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 625-6630
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