8 Things Dermatologists Never Put on Their Faces

Abrasive face scrubs

“I would never use an abrasive exfoliant, such as a crushed nut preparation or a rough scrub. This could cause inflammation, abrasions, post inflammatory pigmentation, or dilated blood vessels—especially with sensitive skin like I have.” – Patricia Wexler, MD. Prone to bumps and blotches, rashes, and dry patches? Read up on the 11 rules for people with sensitive skin.

Alcohol-based astringent

“I have such dry skin, so any alcohol-based formula dries me out further. If I feel I need a toner I go for witch hazel, which contains tannins, a type of polyphenol, that make it a natural astringent to reduce oil and inflammation and soothe irritation.” —Francesca Fusco, MD, dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology. Did you know apple cider vinegar also works as a natural toner? November 2017

Article by Lindsay Cohn