I’m a skin expert – 10 popular face products from $2 you can find at Target, Ulta and drug stores that you should avoid

A SKIN care expert has weighed in on the popular face products you should avoid.

Some of the items can be found at Target, Ulta stores, and drugstores starting at $2.


TikToker and skin expert Hannah Howard posted a list of products she said you shouldn’t use on your face, in her opinionCredit: TikTok/hannah.howard02

SKIN care is an important part of many people’s self-care regimen, but could what you put on your face or body be bad for you?

One TikToker, who is a licensed esthetician, highlighted some popular skincare brands that she thinks could do more harm than good and put your complexion at risk.

Skincare professional Hannah Howard has said to “stay away” from certain products she says are bad for your skin.

In a TikTok post, she highlighted 10 different brands of products she advised against using.

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Here are some of the elements she highlighted within each brand.

1. Neutrogena

A product she said to be fair


One product she was told to just say ‘no’ to was a popular facial cleansing wipe from Neutrogena1 credit

It’s a popular brand at stores like Walmart and Target, as well as beauty specialty stores like Ulta, and even available on Amazon.

However, Hannah said not to buy the cleansing pads or wipes.

She didn’t provide an explanation other than to post “DO NOT use on your face from a licensed esthetician.”

This is an inexpensive item, starting around $2 depending on the size or variety purchased.

On Amazon, the product detail for the wipes states the following:

“Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes are ophthalmologist, dermatologist and allergy tested with an alcohol-free formula that leaves no residue.”

2. Kylie Skin

The skincare pro went on to highlight a range of products from Kylie Jenner’s skincare line to avoid.

They include a Coconut Body Lotion, a Clarifying 3-Step Set, and a Complete Skincare Set, containing a Jenner-recommended daily skincare regimen.

The complete set includes six products: a foaming face wash, a walnut face scrub, a vanilla milk tonic, a vitamin C serum, a face moisturizer and an eye cream.

The product line is not cheap.

On her website, the Kylie Skin set is available for $125 — but that includes a coupon that’s $15 off the original price of $140.

A single product, such as the Walnut Face Scrub, sells for $22.

3. Mario Badescu

Some Mario Badescu products, including their popular face mists, also failed to make the cut for Hannah.


Some Mario Badescu products, including their popular face mists, also failed to make the cut for Hannah.Credit: Mario Badescu

She then tested Mario Badescu skin care products.

Among them, the range of face mists, which comes in several scents: rose water, green tea, lavender and orange blossom.

The set sells for around $20 on Amazon and individually for $5 at Sephora.

4. Pacifica

Another no-no, according to Hannah, was the Pacifica brand.

Products she said to stay away from included Sea Foam Face Wash and Baby Booster Serum.

The Sea Foam Face Wash starts from $5 on the brand’s website.

5. Biore

Biore Deep Pore Cleansing Strips also failed to make Hannah's list of beauty products.


Biore Deep Pore Cleansing Strips also failed to make Hannah’s list of beauty products.Credit: TikTok/hannah.howard02

This is another very popular brand which is readily available in pharmacies and beauty stores.

She said to stay away from the well-known deep-cleansing pore strips, as well as the charcoal version and face and nose strips.

Again, she provided no reason to avoid the products, which cost as little as $5.99 at Target.

Other brands and products

Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was also on her list to avoid.


Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was also on her list to avoid.Credit: TikTok/hannah.howard02
St Ives scrub didn't make Hannah's list either


St Ives scrub didn’t make Hannah’s list eitherCredit: TikTok/hannah.howard02

Hannah also singled out five other specific brands and products to avoid. They understand:

  • Clinique’s radically different moisturizing lotion. It sells for around $17 at Walmart
  • GlamGlow, including its moisturizer and mud mask, as well as its Berryglow recovery treatment
  • St Ives skin care creams for moisturizing and scrubs for blemishes and acne treatment. These cost as little as $2. The company says, “We use 100% natural moisturizers, exfoliators, and extracts” and the products are “cruelty-free.”
  • Shills Purifying Black Masks for Men and Women, Selling for as Low as $6 on Amazon
  • Clean & Clear facial moisturizers and skin brightener. These sell for as low as around $4 at Target.

Hannah got 1.2 million likes on her post and received over 25,000 comments.

However, not all were full of praise for his picks to avoid.

A poster said: “No, the radically different Clinique lotion is amazing, I’m fine.”

Another said: “WAIT WHY NOT THE PACIFICA I love them.”

And yet another stood firm with her brand of choice. “St Ives is the only thing that helps my skin. I’ve tried different brands forever.”

Another beauty professional also added, “As a beautician myself, I think Pacifica is actually a great brand, especially for people on a budget.”

Many others asked for clarification and said instead of just saying which brands not to use, to help by suggesting what would be a better alternative.

Hannah has another post on TikTok, which revealed some of her personal recommendations. They include CereVe moisturizer and cleanser and La Roche-Posay cleanser for dry skin.

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