7 Skincare Products That May Be Harming Your Skin

Ancient Egyptians used a paste made of oxidized copper for eye makeup. This dangerous ingredient would eventually lead to irritation and insomnia, but they were ready to suffer in the name of beauty. And although the cosmetics industry has changed massively over the years, some of the products in your makeup bag may still be sabotaging your efforts to get healthy and flawless skin.

1. Facial scrubs with rough particles

Regular exfoliation (daily or weekly) may damage your skin. Abrasive scrubs remove the outer layer of the skin and harm the barrier that protects it from the environment. After exfoliation your skin may temporarily feel oil-free, but later it will produce even more oil to compensate for dryness.

2. Some acne treatments

Topical acne treatments may leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. Although these symptoms are often temporary, your skin still may be itchy, and even peel or burn. Some oral acne medications can have more serious side effects. Antibiotics, for example, can give you an upset stomach or make you dizzy.

3. Gua sha stones

Massaging your skin with gua sha stones has many benefits, like improving blood circulation and reducing neck pain. But because it involves rubbing your skin with a massage tool, it can cause the tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin to burst. This can result in bruising and minor bleeding.