Acne-myth: You can’t be acne-safe if you need to use products for curly hair.
Having natural curls or wave to your hair can be tricky while trying to manage acne. Your hair needs a certain level of moisture to avoid frizz, but most of the commonly used ingredients that quench your curls can also clog your pores. The most frustrating part is that it can take six months of using a product before all that congestion finally shows on the surface. This can make it hard to pinpoint which hair product is causing the problem.
This leaves many people feeling like they have to choose between healthy, beautiful hair or healthy beautiful skin. Not true. You can use acne safe hair care by avoiding pore clogging ingredients. Looking for products with safer oils like sunflower and safflower oil is a great place to start.
Many people think if their shampoo and conditioner only effect their skin when they’re in the shower, but that’s not true. Those pore clogging ingredients leave residue that gets onto your skin in several ways. First it gets all over your pillow and you sleep on your pillow nightly and rubs onto your cheeks and chin. Every time you sweat (even delicately) it loosens those residual cloggers and they travel down onto your forehead and temples.
Facts about clogging hair care
- Problematic oils are: coconut oil, argan oil, palm kernel oil, apricot kernel oil, wheat germ oil, olive oil, or moroccan oil (amongst other pore clogging ingredients)
- Cloggers can break you out even if your hair is always tied back.
- Residual haircare ingredients get all over your pillowcase and transfer to your face when you sleep.
- When you sweat, residual haircare ingredients can travel down to your face and clog pores.
- Neck and back breakouts are regularly caused by pore clogging haircare.
- Even if you use a product on your hair occasionally, if it has pore cloggers, it can make you break out.
- Staying acne-safe and reading all ingredient lists for cloggers will help you balance having fabulous curls and clear, healthy skin.
Acne-safer anti-frizz products (contain acne-safe ingredients, but may be too rich for oilier skin)
Acne-safe leave-in conditioners
Acne-safe Hair Masques/Deep Conditioning
7/21/18 Update: Aussie 3 Minute Conditioner was removed from the acne-safe list.
Want to learn more?
As a client of Acne Specialists, you will have access to all of our acne-safe lists, including a full list of acne-safe hair products.
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