Can your Hair give you Acne?

Do you sleep with your hair down? Do you often spot tiny bumps along your hairline and the top of the forehead? You might be shuddered to know the reason behind this, but do you know the real culprit that causes this? Your hair! You might be blaming your oily skin and hormones behind unexpected breakouts, but oily hair and dandruff are often responsible for giving you facial acne. In today’s topic, we will discuss more about whether your hair can give you acne and why. So, let’s get started.

Can hair cause acne

How is your Hair responsible Causing Acne?
It might come as a surprise to a lot of people, but recently, it has been advised by one of the world’s leading dermatologists, Dr. Engle men, who is based in New York, USA, that sleeping with your hair open might cause quite nasty breakouts of acne. His reasoning being that since hair acts like a net that catches all the pollutants around us, sleeping at night with hair open and in contact with skin will result in breakouts. In other words, hair does cause acne!

Now hair, as we all know and have come to realize, acts like some sort of a magnet that attracts and latches on to dust and pollutants so much so that if your facial skin remains in prolonged contact with unwashed hair, it might just trigger an unwanted outbreak of acne on our face.

This is precisely why it is most advisable not to sleep with your hair open, no matter how inconvenient it might be – at least you won’t have to risk breakouts of acne – and that is a huge relief, especially to those who have sensitive skin that is prone to acne breakouts and have had the unfortunate experience of suffering from breakouts of acne in the past on account of being unaware of the risks of sleeping with open hair. Again, dandruff definitely causes acne. When you have dandruff in hair, the flakes easily come in contact with your skin. These flakes mix up with dirt and pollutants and result in acne. So, it’s not just the hair that gets affected by dandruff, your skin can also get affected by dandruff.

Another major cause of facial acne is also oily hair. When you use hair products that give your hair a greasy and limp look, this oil makes its way to the skin through hair. Once this oil reaches the skin, it clogs the pores and obviously becomes the reason of breakouts. As the old English proverb goes, it is always better to be safe than to be sorry, – hence it is best to follow what experts advise on the issue.

How can you Stop your Hair from Causing Acne?
Generally there are two ways of going about this business; either you adopt the healthy practice of showering/washing your hair before you hit the sack or you should develop the habit of tying your hair into a ponytail or into loose braids (whichever you are more comfortable sleeping with), before you retire for the day. Just ensure that your hair is secured away from your face and there is no risk of you rubbing your face into your hair which is detrimental for healthy facial skin.

It is also prudent to point out at this juncture that given that your hair is ideal for trapping harmful pollutants and dust particles, objects that you use on your head or to brush your hair like your comb or your hair drying towel, all of them run the risk of being equally contaminated with the same set of pollutants and as such they too might cause nasty breakouts of acne, so caution must be adopted at all times to ensure that such instruments don’t contact vigorously and for long with your facial skin.

You must also adopt some hair care tips to keep your hair thoroughly cleansed and nourished. If you have dandruff-prone hair, use a gentle anti-dandruff shampoo to cleanse your itchy scalp and get rid of all flakiness. You must also not let your greasy hair affect your skin. For this, invest in good hair care products. By that we mean, using products that won’t clog pores and are non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. Many hair care products, including shampoos, conditioners, styling gels, waxes, pastes, and sprays, contain oil. So, think wisely before you use them. When you stop using oily hair care products, acne and breakouts will automatically stop from occurring. You also need to ensure that you don’t expose your hair to too much of heat styling. Blow drying dries out the scalp. As a result of which, our scalp produces more oil to compensate. This oil trickles down to our skin and causes facial acne. If your skin is vulnerable to facial acne, try to avoid heat styling as much as possible.

From the above discussion, it has become amply clear that your hair does cause acne and we discussed some of the possible measures that one may adopt to avoid said breakouts of acne. We hope this article has been instructive and with that we conclude my piece on this rather relevant issue.


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