We love DIY projects… But when it comes to skincare, be careful when trying homemade masks and treatments. Steer clear of these 4 popular homemade skincare suggestions – they’ll end up doing more harm than good.

1. Toothpaste on acne. Toothpaste is meant for teeth, not skin. Instead of clearing up your acne, the caustic ingredients in toothpaste will cause irritation, peeling and redness.

2. Egg white masks. Raw eggs contain a plethora of bacteria (E. Coli and salmonella, anyone?). There’s a reason they aren’t meant to be eaten raw! Animal protein also clogs pores – a double no-no. Think twice before slathering this on your face.

3. Tea tree oil. This popular essential oil has been recommended for almost every skin care ailment, from blemishes to dandruff. However, pure tea tree oil is very aggressive and can dry your skin out, cause irritation and rashes and even disrupt hormone function. When you purchase tea tree oil yourself, you also never know if you are getting low quality, unpurified, unstable or synthetic product.

4. Citrus fruits. Citrus fruits are irritating when applied topically to skin, especially on lips. Lemons are the most harmful as they have a chemical that increases sensitivity to light – causing potential blisters, sunburn and increased sun damage.

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