As we are talking about the internet here, conflicting opinions are to be expected. One person swears by a certain exfoliator, while another swears it ruined their skin. However, almost everyone on the internet seems to agree that these seven products are the ones to avoid.

1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

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Has there ever been a fall from grace as far and as forceful as that of the iconic St. Ives Apricot Scrub? We think not.

The grainy exfoliator was a cult-favorite for years back in the day… until consumers caught onto the fact that it was hurting their skin more than helping it.

In 2016, a lawsuit was filed against St. Ives and its parent company, Unilever, claiming that the crushed walnut particles the product relied on for exfoliation actually caused microtears in the skin, leading to infection and overall irritation.

(Studies have shownTrusted Source that fruit pits, which are structurally similar to walnuts, are too abrasive for delicate facial skin — particularly when it comes to acne treatments.)

2. Clarisonic Face Brush

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The dangers of over-exfoliating are real, and dermatologists say that at most, you should be exfoliating one to two times per week.

Any more than that could cause major irritation… which is precisely what happened to more than a few former fans of the Clarisonic Face Brush.

First thing’s first: The Clarisonic Face Brush is considered a “sonic cleanser” and not an exfoliator. However, since it’s equipped with fairly firm bristles that vibrate to cleanse the skin, some exfoliation is indeed happening there.

If you bust out the Clarisonic morning and night, as many users do for that “deep clean” feeling, it’s possible it can lead to irritation. In 2012, one YouTube vlogger went so far as to call his Clarisonic experience “six weeks from hell.” Not long after, the internet banded together to cancel Clarisonic.

3. Face wipes

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Face wipes have long been hailed as the ultimate lazy-girl hack. Magazines love to tell you to keep a pack by the side of your bed for easy makeup removal, or store them in the center console of your car for on-the-go emergencies. But unfortunately, getting a good cleanse isn’t that easy.

Used daily, makeup remover wipes can actually cause friction and even tear the skin. Plus, since they’re dampened, a lot of alcohol and preservatives are required to keep the wipes from molding (gross, but true) — neither of which are great for sensitive skin.

On top of that, wet wipes — from face to bum — are said to be a huge pollution to the planet. They’re mostly made from polyester, polypropylene, cotton, rayonTrusted Source, and more, which won’t decompose quickly.

If you’re using a wipe every night (and more), that’s a lot of non-biodegradable blockage happening.