7 Ingredients You Should Never Put On Your Face

Suffering from tonnes of blackheads, bumps and imperfections on your face with no explanation? It could come down to the ingredients found in your daily skincare and beauty routine. Avoid the following ingredients next time you’re looking for a new beauty product – it could just be the trigger of bad skin!

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Retin A

Although it’s commonly used as an anti-ageing cream, Retin A can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and thin over time.

Propylene gycol

Mostly found in shampoos and conditioners, this cleansing agent could be detrimental to the skin on your face.


Although this one is too common to avoid, more skincare and beauty companies are eliminating this preservative in their products. Not only has it been proven to cause damage to the endocrine system, it can also break out the skin on a cellular level.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Not only is sodium lauryl sulfate bad for your skin, it can also cause damage to the immune system – eek!


Who knew that something so sweet could be so bad? Steer clear of fragrance if you suffer from extremely sensitive or dry skin, since it can cause breakouts and irritation.

Shea butter

Make sure you restrict shea butter to just the body, it can clog pores and disrupt the natural oils of your face.

Mineral oil

Stay well away from mineral oils since they are actually made from petroleum. Who knew?

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Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

Are you looking for a gentle way to exfoliate your face, which won’t cause redness and irritation?

Rather than using the same-old facial scrub, try a few of these non-irritable ways to exfoliate without the added pain. This is strictly a mircobead-free zone, and is ideal for all skin types!

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Powdered exfoliator

Using a powdered exfoliator isn’t a relatively new skincare trend, but it really does work! Many brands such as Dermalogica and Indeed Laboratories offer their take on this ingenious little product which gently exfoliates the skin without causing any irritation.

Simply mix with lukewarm water, and massage over your face in small circles. This helps to get the blood circulating, and should be used 1-2 times per week.

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $62.48

Warm flannel

If you just don’t have the time to exfoliate throughout the week, why not use a trusty flannel cloth to remove your makeup and any dead skin cells. Massage a few pumps of your favourite dry oil onto your face (our favourite is the Body Shop Cleansing Oil), and wait for it to break down even your mascara!

Right now you might be rocking those panda eyes, but take a warm flannel cloth and wipe away the residue from your face. No double-cleansing needed, and your skin feels silky soft!

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Cotton Flannel, $8

Face polish

Rather than using an abrasive formula packed with microbeads, invest in a gentle scrub which also acts as a cleanser. One of our new favourites by CR Formulations features pearl and bamboo extracts which helps to buff the skin without over-drying. Follow up with a lightweight moisturiser and focus the product into your problem areas.

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

CR Formulations Pearl and Bamboo Face Polish, $70

Exfoliating cleanser

Combining both the benefits of a cleanser and an exfoliator is the best way to treat sensitive or acne-prone skin. Luckily there are a number of products out there which are packed with skin-loving jojoba and other essential oils to make your face feel soft as silk. Use 1-2 times a week or as much as your skin needs it.

Non-Abrasive Ways To Exfoliate Your Skin

Ren Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, $50.37

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