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4 Worst Beauty Products For Your Face
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Special Preview from The Beauty Prescription and McGraw-Hill

4 Worst Beauty Products For Your Face

The cosmetics industry will always tell you their products help you put your best face forward. But Dr. Debi Luftman, a Beverly Hills dermatologist and co-author of The Beauty Prescription (McGraw-Hill), says the hype behind certain skin-care products is just that.

Some of the products trotted out as part of a proper skincare regimen can actually do irreversible damage to your face.

These are the skincare products you should never, ever use -- The Four Don’ts for Your Face:

1. Avoid Toners
“Toners are primarily made of alcohol, which strips natural oils and dries up your skin,” notes Luftman. By excessively dehydrating the skin, they can make the appearance of fine lines more apparent in the long run, as well as making your skin look dull, even irritate it.

A good alternative to toners are glycolic lotions. These exfoliate dead skin, improve the appearance of fine lines and keep moisture locked in the skin.

2. Avoid Blackhead Strips
“These are usually made of adhesive tape – almost like a carpet tape,” says Luftman. Nobody should use carpet tape on their face. They have the potential of causing micro tears in the skin, and they can also break capillaries and blood vessels.

The alternative would be retinol gels or creams, which naturally help remove sebum and blackheads, and help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.

3. Ditch the Scrubs

“Many scrubs have large non spherical particles – some products even have ingredients like apricot pits,” Luftman notes.
These can cause microscopic fissures and tears in the skin which increase over time. They can also cause redness and broken blood vessels.

A safe alternative is fine home microdermabrasion creams.
Used once or twice a week they give a nice glow to the skin, exfoliating but not harmful.

4. Avoid Heavily Oilated Moisturizers
“Moisturizers saturated with mineral oils can case acne to form,” cautions Luftman. “Even dry skinned individuals can end up developing milia - mini white heads.”

The alternative is to look for creams with hydrating non-oil ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, which works like a sponge incorporating 1,000 times its own weight in water into the skin.

Luftman’s final bit of advice? It’s the ingredient list that is important.

“When you’re buying beauty products and cosmetics, check the ingredients like you check the labels of your food,” she says.

About Debra B. Luftman, MD: A board-certified dermatologist, she has a busy practice in Beverly Hills and is on the clinical faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. In addition, she is an expert on laser surgery, skin aging, acne, and sun protection. She has appeared as an expert on “Good Morning America” and “Extra.”

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September 18, 2008


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