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3 Home Remedies That Are Not As Harmless As They Seem


As much as I love DIY beauty products + trying out
natural remedies for different skin concerns, I’ve learned the hard way that
not everything that is natural can be applied on the skin. Today, I’d like to focus on 3 very
popular natural remedies that are not as safe as they seem and should always be
used with caution. Let’s jump right in!

 

Lemon

Lemon juice is probably
one of the most 
popular natural remedies on the internet. People believe that
it can cure virtually anything – from acne and hyperactive sebaceous glands to
scars and 
hyperpigmentation.

Lemon juice has
acidic nature, hence acts as alternative of chemical exfoliators. It makes skin
cells shed more rapidly, which is supposed to 
even your skin tone and clear your complexion. It improves the appearance of scars and speeds up the fading
of spots from already healed blemishes. Apart from that lemons have high 
vitamin C content – potent lightening agent and great antioxidant. So far so
good, but are lemons really safe to use?

As you
probably know, 
skin’s normal pH is slightly acidic – about 5.5. Lemon juice’s pH
however is lower – about 2, meaning that it is way too acidic to go directly on
your skin. When the normal pH of your skin is altered, the integrity of the acidic
mantle of the skin gets disrupted, leading to bad water retention (i.e.
dehydrated skin) and increased susceptibility to infections.

When applied
topically, without previous dilution, lemon juice can be highly irritating and
can cause rashes, redness, increased sensitivity to light (which later may lead
to hyperpigmentation), irritations and dry patches.

Nevertheless,
it’s not all bad – lemon juice can be used as spot treatment. Dilute it with
water 1:1 and apply it with cotton swabs only over the blemish/pimple/spot. If
your skin does not react adversely, you can try with pure lemon juice.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider
vinegar is another extremely popular method to get rid of 
acne and oily skin.
Or at least the internet says so…

Many swear
by it and claim that it helped them 
“kick” acne out of their lives, but at what
price? Just like lemon, apple cider vinegar has very low pH (around 2.4) and
while it may help to a certain extent 
control acne symptoms, it also destroys
the acid mantle of the skin, which as mentioned above, leads to increased risk
of developing infections, loss of moisture and even 
premature aging.

Another way
people use apple cider vinegar to achieve clear skin is by taking it
internally. I don’t consider this to be a bad practice (unless you have
sensitive stomach), but I am not 100% sure about its efficacy as anti-acne
treatment either. There are a lot of controversial claims on the internet, so –
decide for yourself.

If you ever
want to use it as a toner though, make sure to dilute it with water first (preferably
1:2) and monitor how your skin reacts to it.

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Essential Oils

Essential
oils are great and there is no doubt about it. We use them in our products and we
know that they can do wonders for the skin.

Nevertheless,
using them at home should always be done with caution. Since essential oils are
very concentrated, applying them undiluted, directly on the skin, as some
recipes over the internet suggest, can be very dangerous. Essential oils can cause
severe allergic reactions, accompanied by burning sensation, redness and
rashes.

Even if you
want to add just a few drops essential oil to a cream/serum/mask, test for
allergic reaction first. Experts suggest putting a drop of the essential oil
you are planning to use on the inner side of the wrist and rub it gently until
fully absorbed. Wait for 24 hours and if there is no redness or rash, it’s okay
to use this particular essential oil. Better safe than sorry, right?

As for
taking essential oils internally – there is a whole science behind it and I
wouldn’t recommend doing it without talking to an expert first. 

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