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Proof Your Hair Products are Clogging Your Pores—Here’s What You Can Do About It

Did you know your hair products could be causing you to break out? Well, neither did we, but now we have something else to worry about. We checked in with Dr. Iris Rubin, dermatologist and founder of Seen Hair Care, to find out what to look out for when it comes to hair and skincare. 

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It’s a fact that certain ingredients in haircare actually clog pores. While they may be great for making strands shiny or more voluminous, there are certain chemicals lurking in your products that are no bueno for your skin. “Certain oils, waxes, and polymers are ingredients to look out for,” explains Dr. Rubin.  “Many ingredients have no data on whether they can clog pores and, to make things more complex, some ingredients may be ‘safe’ on their own but clog pores when they combine with other ingredients. The only way to know if a product won’t clog pores is to test the finished product,” she explains. It took four years to develop Seen, because that’s exactly what they did—test everything.

Wash Your Hair Before Your Face and Body

To prevent your pores from getting clogged by your hair products, Dr. Rubin suggests applying your shampoo and conditioner before washing your face and body. This way, you remove as much residue from haircare products as possible. “Though you will still have some residue on your hair, which can transfer to your skin, it is best to use haircare products that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), so they don’t lead to breakouts,” she notes. Dr. Rubin adds that this is “why the American Academy of Dermatology specifically recommends that people who are prone to acne or breakouts use non-comedogenic skin and haircare products.”

Don’t forget that “what’s on your hair is in your skin,” Dr. Rubin emphasizes. “Many people don’t realize this. We did a ground-breaking study showing haircare products can leave a residue on your skin (even rinse-off ones) hours after using them. This includes your scalp, forehead, cheek, and upper back. I am a Harvard-trained dermatologist and my haircare products were a big source of acne for me. I think many people are bathing in pore-clogging ingredients every day via their haircare products without realizing it. If you are acne or breakout-prone, look for products that are non-comedogenic. It’s also important to go with brands you trust and to make sure a product agrees with your skin,” she continues.

Haircare for Your Skin

“Seen products care for your hair and your skin,” says Dr. Rubin. “We bring skin science to haircare. What makes us different is that our formulations are clinically proven to be non-comedogenic and non-irritating.”

Formulating haircare with skin in mind means good-for-skin additives, including a skin-soothing chamomile derivative, and a plant sugar-derived silicone substitute, which are featured in Seen.

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