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The Silly Reason You May Be Breaking Out.
You may want to start paying attention to what is in the formulas making up your hair routine. Pomade acne is the term given to pimples caused by hair products. According to Marina Peredo, MD, dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York here's the what you need to understand
How Do You Know If It’s Your Hair Products?
"When a patient walks in with breakouts on their hairline, upper forehead, jaw, or sideburn area, my first question is, 'What hair products are you using?"
Breakouts on the chest, shoulders, and upper back can also be indicators, especially for those with long hair. "Oils, conditioners, pomades, even some hairsprays can make you break out; it's not always the case with these areas, but it does help narrow it down."
What Products & Ingredients Are To Blame?
First, it's important to note that everyone's skin is different.
Step one is to cut out all of the ingredients believed by derms to cause skin issues, such as sulfates (often in shampoo), anything petroleum-based (found in things like masks and serums), silicones (in most products that claim to be "smoothing"), and what Dr. Peredo notes as the most common culprit: fragrance, which is in almost everything.
How To Stop & Prevent The Breakouts:
"The first thing we recommend is for the patient to switch to a milder shampoo, like baby shampoo, or to something fragrance- and color-free,"
"rich conditioners are also often to blame for breakouts", so she suggests patients avoid allowing them to have any contact with their scalp. The best practice? Lean your head back, apply your conditioner no closer than a few inches from the scalp, and rinse, while limiting conditioner-skin contact. Then, cleanse your face and body.
Want to be really thorough? To keep your long hair from making contact with breakout-prone areas, like the back and shoulders, put on a plastic shower cap after you rinse your conditioner.
"If you have bangs and you're breaking out on your forehead, it's often the products you're using,"
"I tell my clients with bangs to put on a headband when they get home." The same goes for long hair: "Put your hair into a bun or a ponytail as soon as you get home; anything to get the hair off your face."
Before bed, cover your head with a soft covering such as AK Boho Seamless Multi-use Buff Headband and try changing your pillowcase nightly. (Hair touches pillowcase, pillowcase touches face — you get it.)