When it comes to your facial skin, many would say that natural is the better route. And it honestly is. But this doesn’t mean that any and every natural product in your fridge or pantry is a-ok to be used on your skin. People, however, make the mistake of not doing any research and dive into following what beauty influencers claim has worked for them.

This can have some regretful consequences, which is why it is always best to consult a professional or do a quick internet search for safety even when using natural ingredients. That being said, here are 4 ingredients which you can find in your kitchen and people use these commonly on their skin even though science doesn’t support their use and people have experienced negative side effects due to using them. Let’s jump into these below:

1 – Lemon

Many swear that using freshly squeezed lemon juice on your facial skin can be great for eliminating any nasty and stubborn scars. While this citrus fruit might brighten your skin, it can have a phototoxic effect.

This means that if you go out in the sun following a session of lemon juice application, you risk getting a bigger redder blister which may take months to go away. This proves that lemon juice is not as beneficial as may deem it to be.

2 – Apple cider vinegar

AVC, as called in short, has become pretty popular due to its many positive benefits but let’s not forget that it is acidic in nature and best used only in moderation. Some claim that it can wipe off blemishes and reduce the appearance of moles and age spots.

However, even a small amount of apple cider vinegar can sting your skin and it can make you smell awful. Worse, the high acidic levels AVC boasts can corrode skin. It can also burn or irritate acne sores. Moreover, if it gets in the eyes, it can cause cornea burn or inflammation.

3 – Egg whites

It is believed that rubbing egg whites on your face can improve the quality of your skin but there is little to no truth to this claim. Egg whites, when washed off, take away the so-called good effect of tightened pores that they give.

What’s more, they can even infect your skin as they may be housing salmonella. Though the presence of this harmful bacteria is rare it’s still not a risk worth taking particularly, if you have open wounds, scars or blemishes. So, no, raw egg whites aren’t good for your skin.

4 – Cinnamon

Another DIY technique that many use for great skin is cinnamon. The spice, though it has antibacterial properties, may not play nice on your skin which is why it is best to not use it. At the very least, it will cause a stinging sensation.

But in a worst-case scenario, you may find out that you are allergic to cinnamon or experience burns as many people who have hypersensitive skin have done so. It’s always best to do a patch test on your ear lobe if you’re desperate about using this spice in your DIY masks.

So now you know that it is best to avoid lemon, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, and egg whites on your skin even if your favorite beauty blogger says otherwise. There are many natural ingredients out there which can work perfect DIY magic on your skin so go for those alternatives instead of these baddies. If you’d still like to try one of these, please don’t tell us we didn’t warn you.