Experts tell us if Kylie Jenner's walnut scrub really causes 'micro tears'

Beauty emporium owner and billionare Kylie Jenner has angered fans with her latest product.

As part of her new Kylie Skin range, she has released a walnut scrub and it’s not gone down well with fans.

Many people expressed concerns through Twitter and urged others not to buy the product, as it will cause ‘micro tears’ and is ‘really bad for your skin’.

One user shared an image of Samantha Jones from a scene in Sex and The City, when the character badly damaged her skin after having a chemical peel, and captioned it: ‘Kylie Jenner’s walnut face scrub does wonders’.

Meanwhile, Kylie claims she uses the scrub herself two to three times per week and that it is her ‘secret to a fresh face’.

Kylie announced the arrival of her new line through Instagram late last week. She also released a promotional video, where she’s looks fresh-faced and dressed in a pink gown while discussing her products.

‘Let’s talk about walnut scrub,’ she can be heard saying.

‘So my walnut face scrub is really gentle, it’s gentle enough to use it every day. I recommend two or three times a week, that’s how much I use it. Some walnut face scrubs are kind of harsh on the skin, this isn’t too abrasive.

‘It really leaves my face feeling super baby soft, makes me look flowy, takes away dead skin cells. My walnut face scrub is my secret to a fresh face.’

To settle the argument, we asked beauty experts their thoughts on the walnut scrub and whether it really will cause ‘micro tears’ in the skin.

‘The walnut scrub has been questioned by fans and estheticians [sic] alike, and rightly so,’ Amanda Von Hagen, skin specialist at Glo Skin Beauty UK, tells

‘Firstly, the scrub is an exfoliant so suggesting the use to be daily is dangerous as this can strip your face of natural oils and moisture which leads to skin becoming dehydrated, flaky and prone to mass irritation. On top of that, your skin will age faster due to increased exposure to daily aggressors.

‘In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient causing the backlash is “fine walnut powder”.

‘Even if the walnuts are crushed down to powder form, they can damage your skin and yes after time can break down your skin barriers and cause micro-tears in the skin. Walnut scrubs, or any scrubs with nuts in, are too abrasive and can have dire effects on your skin such as making acne worse and pitting and scaring of the skin.

‘Of course, if you have a nut allergy steer clear of the scrub and in fact any other of the products as there is a risk of cross contamination.’

Siva Kumar, consultant plastic surgeon and skin expert at The McIndoe Center agrees that walnut shells pose a risk, but that the product would need to be properly trialled in order to get an answer on whether it is truly damaging or not. 

Regardless, he wouldn’t recommend using it.

‘Any product that is uncontrolled is a potential risk,’ Siva tells

‘Walnut shells have the potential to cause harm as the micro particle sizes and shape cannot be controlled in the way it is manufactured. But without a proper in vivo or in vitro trial nothing can be proved one way or the other.

‘Personally I wouldn’t use it or recommend it as there are safer abrasive deepithilization products out there.’

We’ve contacted Kylie Jenner’s press team for a comment and will update this article if a response is received.

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