Is your hair causing your skin to break out?

By | Friday, June 25, 2010 Leave a Comment

So you finally have a solid hair regimen that is really working for you. Your ends are moisturized, your fro is shiny and you are finally retaining some length. So what exactly seems to be the problem? Well, your face and back may be suffering from all the wonderful ingredients you use to tame that mane. If you are suffering from break outs that you believe may be caused by your beloved hair products, then you may want to keep reading and try a few of these suggestions.

*I am not an expert, guru, therapist or dermatologist. Use your common sense.*
  1. Visit your dermatologist
    • The derm is your friend. Say it with me now...the derm is your friend. Whenever faced with a skin issue, it is always best to visit a dermatologist. You may have a serious issue that can not be treated with over the counter products. It may even be that you are allergic to a specific ingredient and need to scrutinize every product in your medicine cabinet. Whatever it is... you may just need a doctor to help you identify it. If I had a dollar for every time I attempted to self diagnose...you know the rest. Go see a doctor!
  2. Keep your hair out of your face and off your back!
    • If you believe that the new curly butter you just slathered all over your bangs is the culprit to your breakouts, it's probably not best to swoop that bang over you forehead today. I'm just sayin... The same goes for back breakouts. I know you want to show off your length, but if your going to hold on to the product that does wonders for your hair and hates your skin... this is the sacrifice you are going to make. You should probably be protective styling anyway...lol
  3. Clean up with a toner
    • After you set your hair with your favorite creams, oils, butters and gels, it may be a good idea to clean up your hairline with a bit of toner. I recently rediscovered toner in my daily skin regimen, and its truly a wonder that I made it this far without it for so long. If I were in the United States, I would run to the nearest pharmacy and grab some Sea Breeze. That stuff is something like a bomb! Just soak a cotton ball with the Sea Breeze and clean around your hair line and anywhere else on your face that is breakout prone. If you don't have access to Sea Breeze like myself, visit your local chemist and pick up a bottle of witch hazel or a generic toner. It all works the same. Just get the gunk before it settles into your skin.
  4. Consider changing your products
    • BLASPHEMY! Calm down and step away from the bottle of curl activator. It may not be a bad idea to change to lighter oils, conditioners and moisturizers. This in turn may improve the look of your skin. You can have your curl activator back now... (psycho!)
  5. Wash your face & moisturize
    • This is pretty straight forward. Wash your face with a good cleanser morning and evening no matter what! I wash my face with Daggett & Ramsdell Exfoliating Black Soap and I love it. My skin feels extremely clean after use and I usually don't feel the need for a moisturizer afterwards due to the Shea butter content. I try not to use heavy moisturizers as they can cause breakouts on my skin if I begin to sweat. Speak to your dermatologist about this.
  6. Change your pillow case!
    • It doesn't make sense to lay your face down on the same pillow case that your coconut oil pre poo spilled all over. It may smell good, but your skin will soak it up and want to spit some of it out in the form of nasty pimples. Make sure your hair products do not get on the pillowcase by covering it with a towel whenever you are doing an overnight treatment. You should really aim to change your pillowcase every three days anyway. Your skin will thank you for it.
So there you have it. You do not have to sacrifice your skin for your hair. You can have it all if you work hard towards it.
Here's wishing you a Good Hair & Skin Day!
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