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- Kylie Jenner recently announced the release of a new walnut face scrub, but some people aren’t happy.
- She said the scrub is really gentle, but many aren’t convinced because walnut scrubs can be damaging to the skin. So people have been reacting negatively to the launch on Twitter.
- “There are walnut shells in it, and when you drag them across your face as an exfoliator, you are creating micro-tears in the skin,” Hassan Sayyed, the founder of skincare brand Haus Urban, said in a video. “You are cutting your face over and over and over again.”
- Dermatologist Marisa Garshick told INSIDER that walnut scrubs can irritate the surface of the skin, so it’s better to use chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid and lactic acid.
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Kylie Jenner has just announced the release of a new walnut face scrub from her brand Kylie Skin which launches May 22. But the product has already been criticised by people on social media, saying it could be too harsh on the skin.
In a video for the release, Jenner said the face scrub is really gentle.
“It’s gentle enough to use every day, I recommend two or three times a week,” she said. “That’s how much I use it.”
She continued to say some walnut face scrubs are kind of harsh on the skin.
“This isn’t too abrasive,” she said. “It really leaves my skin feeling super baby soft, it makes you look glowy, it takes away dead skin cells. My walnut face scrub is my secret to my fresh face.”
walnut face scrub. my secret to a fresh face. xo, Kylie pic.twitter.com/zRPwqKv0HA
— Kylie Skin (@kylieskin) May 14, 2019
However, not everyone is convinced.
Did we learn nothing from the St. Ives lawsuit?! pic.twitter.com/I2yxWlunXa
— Katie ☀️ (@WizzKhaleesi) May 12, 2019
dear god. kylie is trying to ruin your skin with repackaged st. ives scrub.
(you should never use walnut scrub on your face, google the st. ives lawsuit to learn more) https://t.co/bGfmmhZiRx
— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) May 15, 2019
In light of all this Kylie nonsense with this walnut scrub, here is why you don’t use walnut scrubs. Walnut shells are ground up and you rub them against your skin. But watch the texture of the. Compare it to whole nutmeg. pic.twitter.com/1K09kASYNF
— Dani Thee Stallion ???????? (@thedandadaburke) May 14, 2019
The founder of skincare brand Haus Urban Hassan Sayyed posted a video on Twitter saying it had been his personal mission over the past decade to stop people using face scrubs like the St. Ives apricot scrub, which was involved in a lawsuit in 2016 for allegedly damaging skin. (The case was recently dismissed.)
“There are walnut shells in it, and when you drag them across your face as an exfoliator, you are creating micro-tears in the skin, you are cutting your face over and over and over again,” he said.
“It’s not good. It’s not exfoliating your skin. It’s piercing your skin. It’s like dragging f—— shrapnel across it. Stop this. Throw that s— out. Stop using it.”
????STOP USING WALNUT EXFOLIATORS ON YOUR SKIN! pic.twitter.com/85wRRBRBkC
— Hassan Sayyed (@HausUrban) May 11, 2019
Dermatologist Marisa Garshick told INSIDER that although exfoliating is a helpful way to achieve nice glowing skin by removing dead skin cells, she doesn’t recommend harsh scrubs that do it physically, like walnut scrubs, as these irritate the surface of the skin.
Another dermatologist, Kathleen Suozzi, told INSIDER you can also use face brushes like Clarisonic.
“Physical scrubs can cause micro trauma to the skin, especially if overused,” she said.
“As an alternative, I recommend either chemical exfoliants, which are products containing glycolic acid, lactic acid among others which help to eliminate dead skin cells, or gentle polishing powders that are not designed to be rough on the skin,” said Garshick.
“Whatever exfoliants are being used, I recommend only using a few times per week to minimize injury to the skin barrier.”