The One Beauty Product That Can Really Eff Up Your Skin

This morning I came upon a rather alarming piece of information: My favorite skincare product (and yours, judging from the crazy sales of that St. Ives apricot drugstore staple) could be responsible for making our complexions worse, not better. According to Marc Edward, a top facialist in L.A., facial scrubs “break your skin out more and break capillaries and spread bacteria.”

WHA!?The usual advice for the acne-prone is to exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate some more in order to prevent breakouts, and, naturally, we turn to scrubs to get the job done. But step away from the deliciously satisfying granules, says Marc, and say hello to your little friend, salicylic acid, instead, which helps remove dead skin without roughing it up à la a scrub. (Come to think of it, we do like Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Controlling Astringent, $4.) Good to know, good to know. [BellaSugar]

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