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Why Your Haircut Could be the Culprit Behind Your Breakouts

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09 . 06 . 19

Priscila Martinez

Priscila Martinez is Los Angeles based brand strategy specialist and writer. She focuses on beauty, fashion and the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Martinez contributes to publications like Forbes, AdWeek and Asia Times and she writes for lifestyle outlets like Mane Addicts and Radio Disney’s Sweety High. In addition to editorial and publicity, Priscila has collaborated with various brands to produce content for their social media, websites and blogs. Nevertheless, Priscila’s most noted accomplishment is being mom to her furry son, Kingston.

Here’s a riddle: what’s stubborn, ugly and always pops up when you least need it to? The answer my dear friends is haircut acne, and it’s no joke. Breakouts can be caused by all sorts of reasons and we always look for the typical culprits: hormonal changes, improper hygiene, using incorrect products. Nevertheless, the real reason you are breaking out could be hiding in your salon chair. Read on to figure out if the real culprit behind those nasty breakouts is your new haircut.

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What is Haircut Acne?

All haircut acne has a few things in common. Haircut acne starts popping up immediately after a new haircut. Said haircut is short or has short layers that graze your face. The natural oils and products in your hair can be deposited directly into acne-prone skin when your hair touches your face and neck. The result is a new crop of acne that is being exacerbated by where your hair hits your face.

How to Prevent Haircut Acne?

If you are suffering from haircut acne, it’s too late for us to suggest the best cure of all: avoid a new hairdo that will graze your skin in acne-prone areas. If you already took the leap and have cut your hair in that manner, don’t despair. There are a few steps you can take to avoid making the situation worse and ultimately stopping it altogether. Firstly, try cutting down on hair products like oils and powders. Even if you feel that adding a dry shampoo to your scalp shouldn’t affect your chin acne, you are mistaken. The product can travel down the hair shaft during the day and end up clogging your pores. You may also consider pinning your hair back or using an accessory that will keep it from having direct contact with your skin until it grows longer. If the problem persists after these measures, a visit to your dermatologist will be in order. They will likely prescribe a topical treatment and/or oral medicine to help nip it in the bud.

If your current hair care routine isn’t cutting it, TRY these tips a celeb stylist swears by!

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