Hair Products and Acne

August 08, 2017 2 min read 0 Comments

Something that I used to struggle with was small bumps along my hairline or on my scalp. I noticed at the time, that there wasn’t much talk on acne in those regions so I ultimately felt that I was somehow the only one suffering with this. From personal experience and from the advice of my dermatologist, most clogged pores on the hairline and on the scalp, are not directly linked to the body, so something external is most likely causing the clogged pores. There is a direct relationship between hair products and acne.

Much like your face, the scalp produces sebum, and if not cleaned properly can cause a buildup that can lead to clogged pores on your head and hairline. Oil is not necessarily a terrible thing as it protects your hair follicles and provides moisture to your scalp. But, everything in moderation. An excess of oil causes greasiness, and allows fungi and bacteria to grow, eventually leading to dandruff, and dry scalp. There are lots of options for caring for a greasy scalp and preventing the annoying little bumps around your hairline.

Try and find shampoos that don’t include sulfates or phosphates. Those ingredients are stripping to your hair and skin and cause acne on the skin that it happens to touch. Try looking for organic hair products or ones that include tea tree oil. Organic products obviously don’t include sulfates or phosphates, and tea tree has so many benefits. Tea tree oil has many anti-bacterial properties and can be used to treat acne and cleanse the skin and hair.

I personally would recommend staying away from Head and Shoulders, a popular anti dandruff shampoo. Although these products work well at getting rid of pesky dandruff, it strips the hair of its natural moisturizing properties, and when used continually will cause the hair to become more oily over time.  The first three inactive ingredients in Head and Shoulders are Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Although these ingredients aren’t necessarily active, they still strip and damage the hair and can cause acne along the hairline.

Sometimes our acne is not our fault and it’s important to be wary about the effects of hair products and acne. We need to know what is causing it so we don’t create any further damage towards our skin. It is important to make sure we make the healthy choices for our body is always the most important thing in skin care.