Stop Putting Apple Cider Vinegar On Your Face, And 8 Other Skin Care Habits Dermatologists Wish You'd Quit

When it comes to skin care, there are things you absolutely should do, like putting on sunscreen and washing your face. But there are also a fair number of things you shouldn't do your skin, hair, and nails. Everything from old habits (like fussing with a fresh pimple) to new trends (think testing novel ingredients) can end up doing more harm than good.

Here are nine habits board-certified dermatologists say to give up now.

Using oil products

The idea of melting away the dirt or makeup on your face with oil sounds luxurious, but Dr. Caren Campbell, a dermatologist in California, told INSIDER it can cause breakouts. She's even seen a surge of acne from patients using these trendy products.

"One of the major reasons we get acne when we hit puberty is our bodies' hormones cause more oil production, which creates a hospitable environment for acne bacteria," she said. "Putting oils on the face only aids in creating that ideal environment for acne."

Picking at acne

We get it: You see a pimple on your face and you just want to pick it off. It's a tempting thought, but Dr. Robert Finney, a dermatologist in New York, said that it will only make the issue worse. "Not only does it make the breakout worse by further rupturing the follicle beneath the surface of the skin, but you can also create scars," he said. Translation: Hands off.

Applying apple cider vinegar to your face

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about skin care? That natural is always better, said Dr. Brenda Dintiman, a dermatologist in Virginia. Turns out, some natural ingredients can end up causing some serious problems, and apple cider vinegar is one of the biggest offenders. "The apple cider vinegar acts as a harsh remover of the skin's protective layer, leaving it vulnerable and red," Dintiman said.

Read more: 4 things you could do with apple cider vinegar that will make you gorgeous — and one thing you shouldn't

Seeing unqualified providers

Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist in New York, has treated a lot of patients with complications from complex procedures done by unqualified providers. "It's turned into the wild wild west unfortunately, and it's terrifying," he told INSIDER.

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