Can Your Hair Cause Acne?

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A bad hair day or an unexpected breakout can really throw off your groove. What if you have both? Ugh! Let’s not go there.
So, is there a connection between your hair and a mysterious zit on your forehead? In other words, can your hair cause acne?
There is a relationship between your skin and hair, and the condition of your hair and scalp can directly impact a smooth complexion.

Scalp and Hairline Acne
You work hard to keep your face clean and blemish-free, and then you get breakouts along your hairline or forehead. You might get them on your neck and back, too. Why?
It might be your cosmetics and hair care products. Dermatologists call this type of breakout “acne cosmetica”. Cosmetics, dead skin cells, and excess oil can find their way into your skin, blocking pores and leading to zits. If you’re getting pimples around the hairline, it might be from a build-up of sweat, dirty hair, and headbands rubbing the skin. Conditioners, pomades, and oily hair products can also trap bacteria in the skin, leading to hairline breakouts.
Acne breakouts on the forehead, neck, or hairline happen to many people. If it’s happening to you, check out these things you might be doing wrong.

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Bad Habits Lead to Breakouts
Are you doing any of these potentially acne-causing habits?
● Oily hair –If you are not washing your hair often enough, excess oil on your hair can transfer to your skin and cause blemishes.

● Bangs or a Fringe – Bangs may contribute to forehead acne, particularly if oily or waxy hair products get on your facial skin and block pores. Hair can accumulate oil, dirt, and sweat leading to breakouts.

● Sleeping with your hair down – If you don’t wash your hair often enough, sebum (the excess oil that causes pimples) travels down the hair shaft and builds up. If you sleep with your hair down, your face will be pressed all night against oily hair, promoting pimples.

● 2-in-1 shampoo – Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a top ingredient for many major 2-in-1 shampoo brands . The formula is usually so heavy that it stays on the hair and can be transferred to the skin, resulting in clogged pores.

● Haircare products – There are plenty of oil-based hair products that may aggravate acne. Ingredients such as petroleum, silicone, cocoa butter, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and lanolin may also contribute to acne if they build up.

● Dirty pillowcases – Not washing your pillowcases frequently can expose your skin to a significant build-up of dead cells, bacteria, and body oils. Your face, neck, and shoulders can pick up these acne culprits from your pillowcase. We’re all guilty of avoiding laundry, but changing to a fresh, clean pillowcase every couple of days can help control breakouts. (And who doesn’t like the smell of fresh linens?)

● Washing your hair last in the shower – Rinsing hair conditioner last during your shower can produce an oily film on your face and back that causes breakouts and clogged pores. Sure, it leaves your hair soft and shiny, a positive result of the oily film. Unfortunately, it can cling to the skin and block pores. Try washing your face and body after you’ve washed and conditioned your hair.

● Not showering after a workout – Letting sweat dry on your skin helps trap bacteria, dirt, oil, and makeup in your pores. That’s a perfect recipe for an acne breakout. Hop in the shower post-workout and put on a fresh fit to keep skin clean.

● Wearing hats and helmets without washing them – Any contact surface that rubs against sensitive skin will irritate it. This irritation can lead to a breakout called “acne mechanica.” The AAD recommends to “place clean, soft padding between the equipment and your skin” to help reduce irritation.
Avoiding these habits and adopting an anti-acne skin care routine can help put you on the path to clear skin.

Good Habits + PanOxyl = Clear skin
Improving your hygiene and personal care habits is an excellent first step toward stopping breakouts from your hairline, forehead, and neck. Start throwing your pillowcase into the wash every few days. Wash your hair regularly and choose non-comedogenic products that don’t block pores. With clear skin, you won’t be afraid to show off your bob, dreadlocks, braid, or… mohawk. 🤘
To keep your skin clean, smooth, and pores unclogged, start using PanOxyl right away. PanOxyl acne skincare solutions can help clear acne because the benzoyl peroxide kills acne bacteria on contact. PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash and Maximum Strength PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash help clear, treat, and prevent breakouts.


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How Do I Use PanOxyl?
To start your #PanOxylJourney, begin by washing once daily with PanOxyl’s Acne Creamy Wash. It has 4% benzoyl peroxide, which is tough on bacteria but gentler on skin that’s not used to topical acne treatments. Try it in the morning while you’re getting ready for your day or at night before bed. You can use PanOxyl acne washes anywhere on your body to treat acne, including the face, chest, and back. Use it at the sink or in the shower.
Step 1 – Wet your face.
Step 2 – Massage a small dollop of the product into your skin for 1-2 minutes.
Step 3 – Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
For best results and smoother skin, apply a gentle, non-oily moisturizer and sunscreen. If you have oily skin, try PanOxyl Oil Control Moisturizer to mattify your complexion. It reduces shine of your skin by absorbing excess oils. It has a gentle but effective mineral sunscreen for added protection.
Got forehead zits? Squash them with PanOxyl Overnight Spot Patch. These are latex-free hydrocolloid spot patches. They are thicker than some other acne patches to absorb secretions from pimples and protect zits to help them heal. Spot Patches speed up healing and prevent picking, which can cause infections and scarring.

Hair Can Contribute to Acne Breakouts
With PanOxyl’s benzoyl peroxide acne washes and common-sense hygiene habits, you’ll get rid of zits for good. Keeping your hair, bedding, and hats clean will go a long way to fighting hairline zits. Using PanOxyl to keep your skin clean will ensure a quick return to clearer skin.
PanOxyl clears zits by targeting and killing acne-causing bacteria inside your pores and on the skin. It also helps remove excess oils, so your skin stays fresh and clean.