We all love skincare hacks, and kitchen counter beauty tips, but some of them…yikes. That coffee scrub may look like a genius money-saver, and a quick way to achieve velvety skin (let alone a fun selfie opportunity), but if you have sensitive skin, dermatologists will tell you it’s not your best bet.


Here’s a look at a few popular DIY skincare trends going around social media that you might want to skip.

Social Media Skincare Trends to Stay Away FRom

1. DIY Coffee Scrubs: Joe = No


Caffeine can be a helpful ingredient in some skincare products, but it’s probably not the best idea to apply coffee grounds directly to your skin as a DIY exfoliant.


Typical coffee grinds are most likely not small enough to exfoliate effectively, and can actually create micro-tears in your skin. If you have breakout-prone skin, coffee grinds can make any irritation even worse. One more reason why this particular beauty hack isn’t the best for your sensitive skin.


So what can you use to exfoliate safely and effectively?


  • For dry or dull skin, you need a little extra moisturizing support with ingredients like glycerin and niacinamide. Try Cetaphil Healthy Radiance Gentle PHA Exfoliating Cleanser to brighten your skin and improve radiance while you exfoliate.
  • If you have combo/oily skin, your skin still needs moisture with that exfoliation, but the right kind of moisture. The hydrating glycerin, vitamin B5 and vitamin E in Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub does the job beautifully.

Both are clinically tested especially for sensitive skin, and they’re both derm-recommended, not barista-recommended. That seems like a smarter person to trust with your skin.


2. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, Not DIY SkinCare.


Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and has so many benefits for your body and your skin. It’s a big help with skin’s radiance and visible signs of aging. But applying lemons directly to your skin is not a good idea. At all.


Regardless of what you may have seen on TikTok or Instagram, applying lemon juice topically to your skin can cause redness, dryness, peeling, even severe chemical burns if combined with sun exposure. All that acid is terrible for sensitive skin, in particular!


There are far safer and more effective ways to give your skin the vitamin C it needs, even if it doesn’t come from the produce aisle.


Dermatologists recommend Cetaphil Healthy Radiance Antioxidant-C Serum because it has all that goodness of vitamin C to defend (safely!) against the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It’s loaded with other vitamins and antioxidants, too.


But whatever vitamin C-based product you use on your sensitive skin, remember to always follow up with some Sheer Mineral SPF 30  that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Then go ahead and have that lemonade. Why not?


3. Deodorant: Made for armpits, not for delicate skin.


Yes, there’s a trend of people recommending deodorant –– as in actual underarm deodorant –– on your face for a magical matte finish before makeup.


Where do we even start with this one!


Please don’t try this on sensitive skin. Or on any skin, really. It’s just not a good beauty hack at all.


If you’re struggling with oily skin, we get it, it can be tough to try new makeup trends. But when deodorant is applied to the face, it could block pores and cause more irritation to your sensitive skin. There’s a reason deodorants don’t share a lot of ingredients with good skincare products!


Instead, find dermatologist-recommended solutions that really do work for oily skin and get into some good skincare habits:


  1. Wash your face regularly, but gently. Choose a facial cleanser that’s clinically formulated to help sensitive skin, and control oil and shine in the first place. Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser removes dirt, makeup, and impurities without overdrying skin.
  2. Blot skin dry after washing, don’t rub
  3. Finish with an oil-free moisturizer that hydrates without leaving behind a greasy residue.


If you’d like, you can also work in a dermatologist-recommended purifying clay mask into your routine to help deep clean pores, absorb excess oil, and improve skin tone, without irritating your sensitive skin or clogging pores.


You’re definitely not going to get that by putting deodorant on your face.