Hairline Acne: How to Deal

We’ve all been there… You go to pull your hair back, and there, along your forehead is a row of zits, all standing at attention. Hairline acne is irritating, painful and embarrassing. So what causes it? And, more importantly, how do you deal with it? Time for a little research.

 Here’s what I found out: Acne along the hairline is caused by a couple of different things. The first reason might be a natural one. Sebum and fatty acids produced by your scalp sometimes travel forward, settling on the forehead and causing breakouts. To combat full frontal acne, try shampooing more often, or switching to a shampoo for oily hair. Even if your tresses don’t look or feel greasy, this kind of shampoo can help slow down your scalp’s production of sebum.

 Next, take on the scene of the crime by switching to a facial wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Wipe down the area carefully at the end of the day, paying special attention to where your bangs meet your skin. A lot of times, we skip the hairline during our nightly skin care routine. (I’m guilty of that one!) Take extra care with your forehead, and it should help cut down on the number of zits you see in that area.

 If after a few weeks of diligent washing and shampooing the problem hasn’t cleared up, then it might be time to look at your styling products. Gels, mousse and hairsprays that are heavy in mineral oils can clog pores, so ditch your current stash in favor of some skin friendlier versions. Scan your labels carefully, and choose oil free (or as close to it as you can get) options. These can usually be found at salons, which makes them more expensive than their grocery store counterparts, but if you’ve been dealing with forehead acne for a while, it’s definitely well worth the extra few bucks. Try looking online for a deal, and stock up when you find something that you love.

 Anyone out there dealing with hair-raising acne?


2 Responses

  1. benzoyl peroxide worked always for me

    • Elloco, the benzoyl peroxide really helped the last time I had a bad pimple. Some people are saying salicylic acid… I might try it next time to compare, but the BP is def my new medicine cabinet staple!

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