Face serum is all the rage these days. But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Let’s take a look at the disadvantages and possible side effects you may experience when using the oh-so-trendy serums.
#1 Is Not Necessary
Face serums might be nice to have, but they’re really not necessary. The most important things to have in your skincare routine is a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Some people think that they can replace moisturizers with serums, but using a serum just by itself is not enough. You still need to add a moisturizer in your routine.
So, at the end of the day, you’re just paying for one more bottle to clutter up your bathroom shelf. Depending on the type of skin you have, serums just won’t cut the mustard.
Yep, they sure look fancy, but your skin does not need them.
#2 Does Not Help Skin Conditions
Some people will tell you that face serums cure all kinds of skin conditions. But this simply isn’t the case.
According to dermatologist and author of Feed your face, Jessica Wu, ” the liquid or gel-like texture of a serum can be a poor match for people with chronic skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, which weaken the skin barrier. For these people, serums may penetrate too quickly, causing irritation.”
So, if you have psoriasis or eczema (or a similar concern), it’s not recommended to use serums unless your doctor/dermatologist has suggested it. The ingredients may irritate skin that’s already affected. Avoidance is key here!
#3 Can Have Side Effects
Depending on your skin type, the medication you take, or skin conditions that you have, using face serum may cause side effects. If you’re using these products at the moment, you might want to keep a close eye on your skin to watch out for any of the following issues:
- Weakening skin barrier (i.e., irritation). This could be in the form of redness, overtightening, and other symptoms.
- Extreme skin dryness
While this may not happen when you first start using the serum, if you don’t store it correctly, these side effects could start to rear their ugly head. This is because vitamins turn nasty when they’re exposed to air and sunlight. Serums that have been left out in the light are likely to resurface your skin (badly)!
#4 Can Be Expensive
Yup, using face serums is going to make a pretty large dent in your bank account. Arguably, this is the worst disadvantage of face serum.
When you’re browsing the aisles for a new serum, you’ll notice that they are pretty much all above $30. They even reach the $200 mark! While you may want a great serum, you’re probably trying to figure out whether it’s really worth that much. Unfortunately, we can’t make that decision for you.
However, we can tell you why it’s so expensive.
Face serums are made from a high concentration of various ingredients, vitamins, and minerals. Because of this, the price has to be high. Otherwise, the skincare companies wouldn’t be able to make any money. That does mean that it hurts our bank accounts a little bit too much though.
#5 Can Cause Skin Irritation
Like with everything, the face serum that works for your friend Susan isn’t necessarily going to work for you (sadly). It would be pretty cool if there was one product by one brand that worked for anyone and everyone. But that hasn’t happened (yet! we can hope, right?).
Depending on the potency of your particular face serum, overusing it (or using it at all for some of you) may cause extreme irritation. Whether this manifests itself as redness, overtightening, itchiness, breakouts, or something else entirely will depend on your skin type. Regardless, it won’t be very pleasant.
If you are experiencing a lot of irritation, the best thing to do is take a look at the ingredients and read the directions. Some serums aren’t for everyday use and deviating from these rules could be hard on your skin.
If that doesn’t work, try ceasing use altogether.
#6 Can Be Hard to Choose the Right One
Everyone is different — and so are serums. There are multiples types of serum available. Therefore, it can be hard to know which one to choose.
One common form is L-ascorbic acid (vitamin c) serum. It’s incredibly acidic though. So, if you have sensitive skin, this may not be the right choice for you.
If you are set on this type of treatment, try to find a L-ascorbic acid cream instead of a serum. This may counteract any side effects that you would’ve suffered after using the serum.
The other types of serum out there, depending on the formula, may cause some irritation. And some of them may not be so effective, and it’ll take much longer for you to see any results (this might not be something that bothers you though).
#7 Can Go Off
If the serum is packaged poorly or you’ve been hoarding it for a bit too long, the vitamins inside your serum may oxidize. This causes the mixture to become cloudy, smell “off”, and even change its texture, resulting in badly affected skin.