Acne along the hairline is a very common condition that affects both men and women of any age. And what makes it even more annoying is that these breakouts aren’t easy to hide. Sure, you can style your hair in a way that’ll hide those pimples, but it rarely helps and it often makes things even worse. How to deal with it then?
What causes acne along the hairline?
Breakouts along the hairline are usually caused by the hair care products you use. Shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products contain silicones, proteins and emollients (which make hair soft), quaterniums (a group of substances that helps create a smooth surface allowing combs and brushes to glide more easily through your locks), and thickening agents that, if you’re not careful when you use them, can end up not just on your hair but on your skin too, causing breakouts. But it’s not just during application that you have to be careful. If you wear bangs or any other hairstyle that causes some of your hair to touch your forehead or other parts of your face repeatedly, then the products you applied on your hair will get in touch with your skin, again causing breakouts.
How to prevent acne along the hairline
Because acne along the hairline is caused by your hair care products, you need to be very careful to avoid the forehead area when you apply them. In addition, when you’re in the shower, make sure you wash and condition your hair first, and then wash your face. That way, your cleanser will get rid of any residue your haircare products may have left on your forehead. It also helps not to use too much conditioner. Apply only the amount you need (excess conditioner doesn’t do anything for your hair anyway), and only on the length of the hair, avoiding the roots and scalp. Finally, look at the ingredient list of your hair care products to see if your can figure out what ingredient is giving you problems so you can avoid it in the future.
How to treat acne along the hairline?
Acne along the hairline is treated the same way as acne on the rest of your face and body. First of all, you need to wash the forehead area with a gentle liquid cleanser, then you exfoliate it with a product containing salicylic acid (which can exfoliate the pores from inside out and also has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties), and disinfect it with benzoyl peroxide (which can penetrate into the pores and kill the bacteria that causes acne).
Do you have acne along your hairline? How do you deal with it?
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