Worst Skincare Mistakes My Patients Make

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I see patients making the same mistakes with their skin care over and over. Today I decided to pull together a list of the most common skincare mistakes I see from them, covering a wide range of dermatological issues. We discuss things like popping pimples, charcoal masks, skincare trends, hydration, moisturizer, shaving, alcohol based products, sweat, pore health, sunscreen and SPF, exfoliating scrubs, and so much more. Have you made any of these skin care mistakes, or maybe you’ve found a treatment plan that works right for you? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Jeff Diggs

    Jeff Diggs

    Prije sat

    So knowledgeable and informative as always, thanks doc

  2. Mia Campbell

    Mia Campbell

    Prije 2 sati

    Personally a really painful experience that happened on my skin (that's not a cut, bruise or sun burn) was that I was getting a manicure and they come out with these hot stones and put them on my skin. Holy fuzzy, I have no idea why people genuinely seek out hot stone stuff because unlike a warm shower, they were as hot as molten magma and was not relaxing in any way and was certainly not helping anything.

  3. Tuta


    Prije 8 sati

    How much is too many sunburns?

  4. cathiana Laguerre

    cathiana Laguerre

    Prije 13 sati

    Oh my God thank you so much I literally have eczema and I love hot water while I’m showering so you really helped🤝👍

  5. baseplayer13


    Prije 16 sati

    everytime he puts the "wrong thing to do" as the title .. but "keep your small wounds covered" seemed to be the right thing? what

  6. Anopano3000


    Prije 20 sati

    I once went hiking and got sunburn on my ears. Never. Again.

  7. Matt Goddard

    Matt Goddard

    Prije dan

    Since i was a kid i remember my dad treating his deep cuts with super glue.. when i worked in a bar i got cuts on my hands from broken glass constantly and as my hands got wet frequently, plasters just became nasty and a nightmare so i did what my dad did... and it solved the issue is there any negatives for using superglue on cuts? Dr Google was unhelpful with this query

  8. Abi B.

    Abi B.

    Prije dan

    Hey so i have bad stretch marks on my thighs and i have tried scar oil and things like that, any tips?

  9. Minnie Dressler

    Minnie Dressler

    Prije dan

    compulsive skin pickers say hiii 👋🏻

  10. Liz Mary

    Liz Mary

    Prije dan

    And burn the tissue too

  11. Sofia S.

    Sofia S.

    Prije dan

    Collab with Dr. Shah and Dr. Maxfield!

  12. Lisa Sigurdson

    Lisa Sigurdson

    Prije dan

    My skin care is wash and one lotion in the morning with spf

  13. Shelby Hutchins

    Shelby Hutchins

    Prije dan

    2:25 For those like me that can't take short showers and need the water hot, I'd suggest using extra moisturizer especially right after the shower. Also try finding an in shower moisturizer, and put in near the end of the shower. For your hair it's a good idea to put in some extra conditioner and leave it in for longer. I know these sound obvious to most people, but this is for the few that might not have thought about it.

  14. Mandy Monster

    Mandy Monster

    Prije dan

    Can I still enjoy hot showers if I moisturize after? 👀

  15. Chocolate chip cookie games

    Chocolate chip cookie games

    Prije dan

    So I can't pop my own zits?

  16. kingtiger009


    Prije dan

    Anything with cold showers curious?

  17. nada ajaj

    nada ajaj

    Prije dan

    Is there any cure for burning discoloration?🥺

  18. J.R. Millstone

    J.R. Millstone

    Prije dan

    Someone explain why I get a sunburn after 30 minutes in the shade outside. I'm not on any medication or antibiotics. And it's a new development over the last 2 years. I used to be able to spend a whole day out in the sun and only get tan, rarely ever burned. Now I'm like a vampire. If I spend more than about 3-4 hours in direct sunlight (even being extra careful to stay hydrated) I get sick. Headache, vomiting, chills, dizziness. I know HRgreen comments isn't the proper place to ask for medical advice, but when I asked my doctor about it he just shrugs and says "that's weird" and leaves it at that.

  19. GalaxyPrincessK


    Prije dan

    I have ADHD I have to pop my pimples and then pick at them till they get a really big scab I can't help it.

  20. Aceilnor Demnnoos

    Aceilnor Demnnoos

    Prije dan

    I have a question- I used (all kinds of) makeup to cover over a minor wound so that it was less visible, but I may not have gotten it all out. It's healed now, but mildly discolored and irritated. What should I do?

  21. Yeet


    Prije dan

    Do I need sunscreen if I don’t go outside?

  22. Pixility


    Prije dan

    I just take medium heat showers but more on the colder side

  23. thicc_tortellini


    Prije 2 dana

    Question: when i shave my my legs, bout a day or 2 later i get a rash or these pimples that r rlly itchy on the back of my upper thighs, my bikini line and sometimes my underarms. Y does this happen and hwo do i stop it???

  24. Deanna Goodfellow

    Deanna Goodfellow

    Prije 2 dana

    Me applying my cleanser/toner to face as he says apply to neck and I just apply to my neck 😂

  25. Aura Bean

    Aura Bean

    Prije 2 dana

    What if i hate moisture or lotion with a burning passion? I also relise i have 0 skin care routine ever lol

  26. pink bear 48

    pink bear 48

    Prije 2 dana

    The skin on my face is to sensitive to use soap so I only ever wash it with water so my skin doesn’t get massively dry and painful

  27. sub


    Prije 2 dana

    Good to know. I was born with eczema and I'm 13 so little unhappy.

  28. Caroline Pudding

    Caroline Pudding

    Prije 2 dana

    Back when you said rubbing alcohol isn't good for minor wounds,, what if that minor wound has gotten infected?

  29. ReddFloof


    Prije 2 dana

    Me watching this video while having bad sunburns 0-0

  30. _coast


    Prije 2 dana

    "taking long hot showers" *uh oh*



    Prije 2 dana

    Can you get health problems from not using skin care products at all? I had a few men in the past told me I shouldn't use them and real men don't use them. I totally disagree with them. I believe that they don't make you less manly or less masculine as a man at all.

  32. Hazal.M


    Prije 2 dana

    Finally my love to cold shower is actually good for my skin Never found a person who.loved cold showers beside me💔🙂

  33. Emma Sexson

    Emma Sexson

    Prije 2 dana

    wait does dr. mike or hyram know more about skincare...

  34. Strawberry Cream

    Strawberry Cream

    Prije 2 dana

    Dr. Mike be like: "Don't fall for adds.." Also him: "Use the Murad scar resurfacing Treatment!"

  35. Hjonk Am Goose

    Hjonk Am Goose

    Prije 2 dana

    Lol I used alcohol and when it hurt I thought that meant it was working so I kept doing it until it didn’t hurt anymore

  36. Annika Clemmons

    Annika Clemmons

    Prije 2 dana

    A lot of my mom’s siblings popped their pimples, and some of them look kinda like they got smallpox.

  37. Slightly Distressed Slug

    Slightly Distressed Slug

    Prije 2 dana

    imagine having skin. can’t relate.

  38. Kenadie Arnold

    Kenadie Arnold

    Prije 2 dana

    who knew i could get addicted to a doctor during quarantine

  39. Slim Jesus

    Slim Jesus

    Prije 2 dana

    Gonna keep it real with you chief, I’m not applying sunscreen everyday.

  40. spade gacha wolf

    spade gacha wolf

    Prije 2 dana

    Mike one time I slept outside for 4 hours and could not go to school or open my eyes I had to go to the hospital but I'm now beter with two scars on my shoulder's

  41. Kyle Richard

    Kyle Richard

    Prije 3 dana

    The amount of sunscreen you actually need to use is a problem. Like, practically nobody would ever do it. It would be gross (or really expensive and time consuming). Just a reminder: covering up is an option. Wide brimmed hats and light sun protecting clothes do exist.

  42. Antonio B

    Antonio B

    Prije 3 dana

    I love hot water while showering man. meanwhile my male sibling: NAH NAH ITS NOT HOT ITS REALLY HOT I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU LIKE YOUR WATER THIS HOT.

  43. Cosmos


    Prije 3 dana

    I’m allergic to loation 😢

  44. BlueOtterAnimations


    Prije 3 dana

    WARNING I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL I would also say put sunscreen in your hair part, at least 3 of my family members have gotten a sunburn in their part and say that it is wicked nasty

  45. Aron Sabaj

    Aron Sabaj

    Prije 3 dana

    As far as shaving too hard, get a double edge safety razor people! Light pressure, closer shave, less gripping and grabbing of hair so less razor bumps.

  46. Elijah Folkenroth

    Elijah Folkenroth

    Prije 3 dana

    I’m low key proud cus I move my phone and not my neck

  47. Suzie Q

    Suzie Q

    Prije 3 dana

    “No hot long showers” Okay cool *cuts shower from 30 min to 29 min*

  48. Bubbly Bi Demigoddess

    Bubbly Bi Demigoddess

    Prije 3 dana

    I used to gently scrape my pocket knife on my nose to get rid of pimples…. It worked but I don’t think Dr. Mike would approve.

  49. Mya Wong - MRH Student

    Mya Wong - MRH Student

    Prije 3 dana

    Bruh! My mom keeps trying to ambush me with rubbing alcohol for my acne. I keep telling her no and it doesn’t work, but she is adamant.

  50. Joe Mama

    Joe Mama

    Prije 3 dana

    I realized that I've done everything that he said not to do

  51. Coin


    Prije 3 dana

    Dr mike: As you can tell I have acne prone skin _shows the only noticable red spot on his face_

  52. Vasylyna Korol

    Vasylyna Korol

    Prije 3 dana

    Using James Welsh as a bad example? What were you thinking?

  53. charlotte petrus

    charlotte petrus

    Prije 4 dana

    Hello Dr Mike, i wonder if is it good to shave hairs on your face using eyebrow razor?and are there any benefits from shaving your hair from the face or what harm would it be???

  54. Phantom Menace

    Phantom Menace

    Prije 4 dana

    for my peeps prone to oily skin, get an oil-free moisturizer and try to use it only after you’ve washed your face (washing your face is what strips the skin of naturally produced oils). following the directions on the product is a good idea

  55. Anne Nielsen

    Anne Nielsen

    Prije 4 dana

    Picking your skin... My OCD 🙄🥺

  56. aravind swami

    aravind swami

    Prije 4 dana

    When I just stick to soap and cold shower daily, I won't get any skin problems.

  57. Joel Salazar

    Joel Salazar

    Prije 4 dana

    Dr. Mike, I sent you a message on FB.... someone is using your photos to say it's you. I sent you a message on FB. Joel Gutierrez Salazar

  58. Matthew Martinez

    Matthew Martinez

    Prije 4 dana

    Even cloudy days are skins at risk seems humans have not evolved much in the span of thousands of years. What else is new.

  59. Alain Marceux

    Alain Marceux

    Prije 5 dana

    You forgot the most important thing.. DRINK A LOT OF WATER.. 💦🥤

  60. Azure'Ra Morganna

    Azure'Ra Morganna

    Prije 5 dana

    I'm guilty of #3 So as for peroxide... I use it as facial cleaner. Works great...

  61. Noel Hann

    Noel Hann

    Prije 5 dana

    Why are all the things that are bad for your skin so fun!

  62. Rob Adams

    Rob Adams

    Prije 5 dana

    Small, rough, bumpy pimples. Say that five times fast.

  63. Frog Gay

    Frog Gay

    Prije 5 dana

    Yeah... I’m ginger. I spend half of my life sun burnt 🥵

  64. Frog Gay

    Frog Gay

    Prije 5 dana

    Yeah... I’m British. I spend half of my life in wet clothes ☔️

  65. nadiyah abdul-khaliq

    nadiyah abdul-khaliq

    Prije 5 dana

    Dr. Mike: Don't take long, hot showers. The internet: Who asked you, Dr. Mike? Who?

    • Celine Ardela

      Celine Ardela

      Prije 2 dana

      who knows, maybe people did ask him? also why are you so rude he's just spreading awareness of bad things we could be doing to ourselves

  66. GrowlanserDragoon


    Prije 5 dana

    So, no hot tub?

  67. Jack Coo

    Jack Coo

    Prije 5 dana

    Jesus Christ Mike, 7million!?!?

  68. Deku


    Prije 5 dana

    o.o i take super long boiling showers but my skins quite oily o.o i dint use much product and i use no makeup

  69. Tallyn Ewalt

    Tallyn Ewalt

    Prije 5 dana

    (I’m not looking for pitty!)⚠️ I have any & any of self harm scars that I’m embarrassed about, THANKS for the tip on help them to be les seen! I’m gonna check that out♥️

  70. Arias Hermosilla Carmen

    Arias Hermosilla Carmen

    Prije 6 dana


  71. salad ball

    salad ball

    Prije 6 dana

    It's the Murad product U guys!

  72. Lael peaches

    Lael peaches

    Prije 6 dana

    people ask why i don’t have acne and it was finally said, DONT POP PIMPLES.

  73. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiu

    Prije 6 dana

    Dr. Mike: "Now for long hot showers... " My Brother: *Gives me THE look*

  74. ridzuanrush


    Prije 6 dana

    Does nuts cause skin breakouts? How much does diet really affects your skincare?

  75. Chantel Bastiaen

    Chantel Bastiaen

    Prije 6 dana

    I have super sensitive skin and wet clothes immediately irritates my skin

  76. Alice Hatcher

    Alice Hatcher

    Prije 6 dana

    You have to fight me to take my long hot showers from me.

  77. Ffonnie Fan

    Ffonnie Fan

    Prije 6 dana

    *sweats in taking 1-2hr hot showers*

    • oiuet souiu

      oiuet souiu

      Prije 6 dana

      Okay can we just cut the bullshit and tell that piece of hot meat to marry me??

  78. Taynah Ibanez

    Taynah Ibanez

    Prije 6 dana

    Me, who takes two long hot showers everyday and doesn't use suncream: >__ >

  79. pistachoo


    Prije 6 dana

    "7. Keeping small cuts and wounds covered" - this is confusing: all the other titles are phrased to be the "bad" thing, and this one sounds like it's the reverse?

    • kevinno


      Prije 2 dana

      Glad I'm not the only one that was confused by this. Yeah, I imagine that point should be called "Not covering up wounds"

  80. Rob


    Prije 6 dana

    Dr Mike you should react to the 2008 pseudoscience series Fringe

  81. JK


    Prije 6 dana

    I have sensitive hands and moisturizer makes me actually cry. It sucks

  82. Preeti Passi

    Preeti Passi

    Prije 6 dana

    Doctor more of this content is common sense and common sense is not that common....Thanks for reminding...

  83. Tafellappen


    Prije 6 dana

    I tried moisturizer for awhile. It literally caused all my dry skin. I’ll pass

    • Celine Ardela

      Celine Ardela

      Prije 2 dana

      maybe you just had a bad reaction to the product you used?

  84. Ash .B

    Ash .B

    Prije 6 dana

    Dr mike any tip on controlling exima

  85. J Cellona

    J Cellona

    Prije 7 dana

    Him: dont pop ur pimples Me, who just popped a pimpie: tOo LaTe

  86. justwing it

    justwing it

    Prije 7 dana

    I have eczema on my face and take super hot showers 😳 I always have a super dry face after a shower and never put two and two together…….. I’m definitely going to change my shower temp. Thank you for this information!!!!

  87. Burrie Baby

    Burrie Baby

    Prije 7 dana

    I always pick my skin cause I have unknown allergies that make me scratch 😭😭😭

  88. Karen Hammon

    Karen Hammon

    Prije 7 dana

    hydrogen peroxide is useless now.

  89. Young Blood

    Young Blood

    Prije 7 dana

    Number 7 confused me. Do i cover or not

    • Celine Ardela

      Celine Ardela

      Prije 2 dana

      yes you cover it

  90. Beth Rose

    Beth Rose

    Prije 7 dana

    But my question is, does SPF lotion work under makeup?

  91. zayd benn

    zayd benn

    Prije 7 dana

    Okay can we just cut the bullshit and tell that piece of hot meat to marry me??

  92. Marleigh Biorn

    Marleigh Biorn

    Prije 7 dana

    I work in wound care and I have a guy telling me that he usually just pours disinfectants like lysol and pinesol on his wounds to "clear them up"...... no

    • Severus Snape

      Severus Snape

      Prije 3 dana

      I usually wash it with water and then apply iodine.

  93. Khan Rohit

    Khan Rohit

    Prije 7 dana

    Am so suprise to see my cancer cured because all my doctor told me no cure, only Dr alieaotor on HRgreen Channel encourage me and gave me his herbal medicine which I use in treating my cancer. Contact him for any health issues you have today

    • Celine Ardela

      Celine Ardela

      Prije 2 dana

      no, just no. imagine stooping so low you have to get bots to advertise your bs products to desperate people

  94. Havsgg Tsvwga

    Havsgg Tsvwga

    Prije 7 dana

    The super food ignificantly guard because base cytopathologically bubble midst a tense foundation. gigantic, highfalutin eyebrow

    • Celine Ardela

      Celine Ardela

      Prije 2 dana


  95. Jenna BeHere

    Jenna BeHere

    Prije 7 dana

    I am seriously allergic to adhesive like on bandaids or tape. So I tend to let small wounds get air but still clean.

  96. •lil shroomi•

    •lil shroomi•

    Prije 7 dana

    I honestly find popping pimples disgusting- just- eeeeeewwww

  97. MyBaby91307


    Prije 7 dana

    Hey there Doctor Mike! I have a question... do you ever give medical advice that you dont necessarily believe in? Perhaps you give that advice because you have to...?

  98. heather Johnstton

    heather Johnstton

    Prije 7 dana

    I do not remember what they are called but I think the are suspacis sists and if I got the name right I now I spelled it wrong but I have quite a few white head on my arms and some on my face and I am not completely asking what I should do with them I am just minchining it because it is a skin them video

  99. Miles Benenati

    Miles Benenati

    Prije 7 dana

    Though you’re not a dermatologist, do you know how to get rid of stretch marks?

  100. Christina Bott-Lamb

    Christina Bott-Lamb

    Prije 7 dana

    Tip for scar tissue care: I recently had surgery on my finger. Once cleared, I used Vitamin E oil (got the capsules since the pure oil is very expensive) and used one capsule per pay to massage the scar tissue. It has healed so much faster and the scar is barely visible now 2 1/2 months post-surgery...