Is Your Hairstyle Giving You Acne?


Let me guess: you’re sure you’re doing everything right in the fight against acne, but you’re still suffering from hairline, temple, and jawline acne. Could your hair be causing it? And, if you have long hair, do you just so happen to experience back and chest acne, too?
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It’s completely possible that your hair is the culprit.

Think about it: how often does your hair touch your face? The longer the hair, the more contact there is – so it’s not just your face that is now more prone to breakouts – it’s your neck, chest, and back. Natural oils plus any hair product you use will transfer from strands to skin throughout the day, and unless you’re washing your hair nightly before bed, product buildup is transferring onto your pillow as well.

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jawline acneWhat’s the problem? Products containing various oils, plasticizers, and silicones are known pore-clogging ingredients. And even when you’re going product-free, any natural oil production combined with sweat creates a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Thus, how you wear your hair is highly contributive to breakouts. Sounds trivial, but it’s not to be so easily dismissed – changing your hairstyle can help minimize acne.

  • Do you swear by wearing your long hair down no matter what? We love long locks, but having all that hair in your face and in constant contact with your back and chest is only adding heat to the fire. Instead, try pulling your hair into a neat chignon or topknot, and always be sure to wear it up in a high ponytail during workouts.
  • Blunt bangs, side bangs, or just a few layers to frame your face look pretty, but if you’re noticing consistent breakouts along the hairline and forehead, it might be time to give your skin a break and pull back the fringe. Clip it back, braid it away, or tease it into a slight bouffant; nothin’ like a new ‘do for a new you.
  • You’re loyal to your styling gel or waxy pomades, but experiencing acne – what to do? If you can’t completely nix hair products from your lifestyle (even if temporarily), check the ingredient list for potential culprits and try an alternative product to prevent those stubborn breakouts along the hairline and neck. Try showering before bed to prevent product transference from hair to pillow to skin, too.
  • You love wearing your hair back in a braid or ponytail – but what’s the problem? Your hair might not be in constant contact with your face, but the ends of your hair – typically the area where you tend to focus on with treatments and styling products – hits that one spot on the back of your neck or back. Change things up a bit: pull your hair into a high pony or wrap your braid on itself until you have a pretty chignon.
    (Read More! Let’s Talk: Back & Chest Acne)

  • … and one quick tip for everyone: Create a breakout-fighting barrier by applying a thin layer of Anti-Acne Serum to the areas you feel that hair product could be stirring up trouble. Cleansing those areas with an acne-fighting cleanser and toner – even on your back and chest – also helps heal existing hairline and jawline acne and prevent future breakouts.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn't 'grammed, it never happened). Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu. For more about me, visit my Google+ page.