Avoid Irritating Exfoliants
Browse the skin-care aisle at your local pharmacy or search online for DIY skin-care "recipes" and you'll find facial scrubs containing everything from sugar and salt to ground-up rocks and seeds. But a wash with larger particles or sharp edges can result in more irritation than exfoliation, leaving your face with tiny scratches that make it more prone to breakouts and infection. Because of this, the International Dermal Institute does not recommend scrubs with crushed fruit pits, shells, or "similar damaging substrates." [Howard] Instead, choose a scrub that uses a gentle exfoliant, like synthetic microbeads, or a chemical exfoliant, such as lactic acid.