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Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter where acne is – our face, our back, or even our hairline – it’s never fun. Acne always seems to pop up in the worst possible places and at the worst possible times! As is the case with most other types of acne, if you are experiencing hairline acne it can be treated and prevented. We’re here to give you a few simple tips in order to minimise hairline acne if it’s something that you struggle with.

What is hairline acne?

Hairline acne is when pimples appear along your forehead where it meets the line of your hair. It’s generally caused in the same way other types of acne is – excess oil build-up and dead skin clogging the pores. It can also be caused by skin irritants, poor hygiene, bacteria build-up and even headwear. The good news is, with a few adjustments you can reduce hairline acne and prevent further breakouts!

What to do about it

When it comes to preventing hairline acne, one of the best ways to do so is to simply keep your hands away from your face! Our hands can hold so much dirt, oil and bacteria, which means that this can transfer onto our skin every time we touch our hair and scalp. When applying your makeup or doing your hair, always clean and sanitise your hands before doing so. Breaking the habit of touching your hair is hard (we are definitely guilty!), but doing so will go a long way for hairline acne.

Along these same lines, try your best not to pick at the acne along your hairline. The best way to help it heal and stop further breakouts is to leave it alone and focus on what can be done to clear it up.

When it comes to your hair products, certain ingredients may be irritating your skin and causing it to breakout. We recommend checking the ingredients of your hair care to ensure they are as natural and non-irritating as possible! Heavy hair products that are full of chemicals and harsh ingredients will be doing more harm than good when it comes to hairline breakouts – as well as the overall health of your hair. If you are struggling with hairline acne, try to reduce the number of hair products you are using and keep them light, fresh, and appropriate for your hair type.

If you love to keep active and get a good sweat on, it’s important to wash your face (which includes your hairline) immediately after your workout is finished or as soon as you are able to do so. Sweat and oil are major culprits when it comes to developing acne, so a good cleanse is the way to go! We don’t recommend washing your hair every day – only when you need to – so a good dry shampoo will work wonders to soak up the excess oil and sweat after a workout session and between washes.

It’s not only hair products that may be contributing to hairline acne but heavy makeup as well. Makeup has come a long way in terms of ingredients, but the most important thing is to ensure you remove it at the end of the day. Not only this, make sure to regularly wash your brushes and sponges to get rid of product and dirt build-up!