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Common Skincare Ingredients That May Be Doing More Harm Than Good
You may want to check if your skincare regimen contains vitamin C, biotin, cocoa, or shea butter. Despite the buzzword status of these ingredients, they might not be right for you.
Vitamin C is a highly sought-after skincare ingredient because of its anti-inflammatory, brightening, and skin-renewing qualities. However, it isn't for everyone.
Vitamin C is highly acidic. Therefore, prolonged exposure can cause itchiness, redness, and general irritation for those with sensitive skin, per Medical News Today.
Biotin can be just as detrimental. Taking it every day can help promote strong, healthy skin and nails and help your body process carbs, proteins, and fats into energy.
However, a study in The Journal of Nutrition suggested excess biotin may impact the body's ability to regulate oil glands and can lead to excess oiliness and breakouts.
Shea and cocoa butters have a cult following for their highly moisturizing qualities. Still, it's best to avoid these ultra-rich ingredients for oily or acne-prone skin.
Dermatologist Corey Hartman says these plant-based butters are fine on the body, but they can clog pores, cause breakouts, and exacerbate existing acne.