The 3 Ingredients That Dermatologists Would Absolutely Never Put On Their Skin

WELL+GOOD posted "The 3 Ingredients That Dermatologists Would Absolutely Never Put On Their Skin" featuring Dr. Purvisha Patel and Visha Skincare .

The article includes Dr. Patel's expert commentary on why some natural beauty products using edible ingredients could be bad for your skin.

I like to strategically copy certain people in different ways for different things. I’ve adopted the vintage oversized blazer look, thanks to Mary Kate and Ashley. I try to copy (key word: try) the perfectly messy hairstyles of French women. And I pretty much try to copy everything that dermatologists do to their skin.

What Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are to fashion, dermatologists are to beauty (like, basically). I hold onto their skin-care tips and tricks for dear life, and incorporate everything I learn from them immediately so I can have more of a professional-level glow.

In my quest to cure myself from hoarding every single active ingredient that’s good for my skin in my personal beauty cabinet, I decided to tap the skin gurus’ brains and ask: What ingredients would you actually never use on your own skin? And with that, I come to you with insight to bring with you as you shop beauty shelves for your own regimen. Below, the three ingredients that derms wouldn’t put on their faces.

1. Edible ingredients

Natural beauty is great and all, but when you’re slathering on an ingredient that you can literally eat, then… well, it can actually be problematic. “If you can eat a product, then bacteria and fungus can eat it too,” says Purvisha Patel, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. This is particularly if you’re acne-prone, though. “Coconut oil, olive oil, and cocoa butter are examples to avoid, as they clog the pores,” she says, who admits when she works out or sweats, these ingredients even make her break out.

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