Monday, 21 September 2020 13:26

Hair Products Can Cause Acne

Written by   Cynthia Malcom Taylor

Do hair sprays, conditioners, and other hair styling products clog pores, resulting in acne breakouts? The answer is a resounding YES. If tiny bumps are seen along the hairline on the upper part of the forehead, this may be an example of clogged pores.

Products can cause whiteheads and other types of acne in these areas. The bumps can be so subtle that the client feels them, but the bumps cannot be seen with the naked eye. Some clients have bumps that multiply and become closely packed bumps, known as acne cosmetica (acne caused by products applied to the skin or hair). But why do some haircare products cause breakouts? When haircare products contain oil, the oil can find its way to the skin. Once this happens, the pore clogging oils will do just that. Clogged pores are a breeding ground for acne growth.


There are a host of ingredients that are risky for acne-prone skin. Many hair products are oil-based, which may clog pores and trigger acne in clients who have the genetic predisposition that causes the pore to clog. Ingredients such as petroleum, silicone, cocoa butter, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and lanolin can also trigger acne, especially if left on the skin. Many hairsprays are also alcohol-based and can trigger breakouts if accidentally sprayed onto nearby skin. It can trap in oil and bacteria, creating a great environment for acne to grow. Products containing organic extracts will be a better choice for hair and skin. There are many ingredients that are great for hair but not great for the skin. Before a skin care professional encourages the client to discard an item, discuss managing the use of the product so that it does not encounter the skin. Many of those acne-causing ingredients are wonderful for hair and help condition and smooth dry or damaged hair follicles.


During the consultation discuss all products the client is using, the sequence of use, and where they are being used on the body.

 Be certain to cover haircare products, sprays, aerosols, so forth. After reviewing the client’s breakout schedule and product use, some deduction can be used to rule out certain skin care products that do not harm the skin. Once the practitioner isolates the products causing harm, they should instruct the client to discontinue use or give them restrictions for the product.



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