Let’s face it, when it comes to choosing the right conditioner for your locks, we could all use a little expert advice. To add to the laundry list of things to note about the products you’re using on your strands, they should also be skin-friendly to avoid breakouts. That’s why it’s important to choose hair products that are non-comedogenic, a.k.a, formulated with ingredients that won’t clog pores.
If you’re someone who struggles regularly with breakouts along your hairline or “backne,” your conditioner may actually be the culprit. Before you freak out, we have your back — literally in this case. We asked dermatologist and SEEN hair care founder Dr. Iris Rubin to fill us in on the benefits of using non-comedogenic products on your hair. Scroll through below for what she had to share.
How Your Hair Products Can Cause Breakouts
Your hair touches your skin pretty much all day, every day. “Try putting something on your hair without it getting on your skin, it’s literally impossible,” Dr. Rubin shares. “Shampoo rinses down the face, chest, and back in the shower and conditioner and styling products, by design, leave a residue that can transfer to the skin from your hair, a pillowcase, or towel.” That’s why it’s also important to remember to wash your towels and pillow cases regularly.
If you find that zits pop up on your scalp or back a bit too frequently, it’s definitely time to swap your products. “Medicated shampoos can [also] be helpful for scalp acne, for example
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Organic Hair Care Products: Are They Any Better?
Many of you may wonder if that means you should switch to 100% organic products, but here’s another thing to note. “Some botanicals can cause irritation, and some oils often found in organic products can clog the pores and lead to breakouts,” she states. “Our philosophy [at SEEN] is to use the optimal mix of natural when possible, and safe synthetics, for products that are amazing for the hair and skin.”
How SEEN Products Can Help
SEEN products are non-comedogenic and work to nourish and optimize the scalp. They’re designed to give you smoother, stronger, and healthier-looking hair without any yucky ingredients. “Your hair follicles are literally the manufacturing plant for your hair, so you don’t want to clog them or irritate them,” Rubin says. In a dermatologist-graded study, 27 patients with mild to moderate acne used SEEN for eight weeks — 70% of those with body acne saw a major improvement.
Other Helpful Tips on Preventing Scalp Acne & Body Breakouts
According to Dr. Rubin, ingredients that should be avoided when selecting hair products include pore-clogging oils, certain waxes, and silicones. Although these are only a few ingredients, watch out. “There is a whole list of [other] ‘sneaky’ ingredients that can clog pores, like laureth-4,” Rubin relays. “And while oil-free products are less likely to clog pores, they still have the potential to do so depending on the [other] ingredients!” That being said, it’s best to do your research and find products that are clearly labeled “non-comedogenic.” Now go forth and feed your strands the right ingredients.