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What Does Shampoo and Acne Have to do With Each Other?

Forehead acne? It might actually have something to do with the shampoo you are using! If you have forehead acne, you aren’t alone. Quite the opposite—the forehead is part of something called the “T zone,” an area known for being particularly prone to acne in just about everyone. The T zone is a T-shaped area on your face, extending across your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, to the skin between your nose and your upper lip. This zone typically produces more acne than the cheeks and chin because it produces more natural skin oil (otherwise known as sebum) due to the increased number of sebaceous glands present in that zone. In fact, the T zone has the highest concentration of sebaceous glands on the body: anywhere from 400 to 900 glans per sq.cm

As if we needed one more thing to worry about....

Apart from the dead cells that are picked up from your pillowcase each morning, and last night’s leftover make-up (BIG NO NO!) , other daily hygienic products may be at fault of your hairline or forehead acne! Shampoos and conditioners you use in the shower can get rinsed onto your forehead and cling to pores. Gels, mousses, styling sprays, or hair sprays you might use when styling your hair can also coat your pores or touch your forehead at your hairline while you’re getting ready. These products can irritate your skin, encourage more sebum production, and clog pores, all leading to increased forehead acne. Would you be surprised now if we were to tell you that some hairstyles increase your hairline sebum as well?

Yes, shampoo can cause pimples (it's known as "pomade acne), but not all shampoos are created equal. Simply scanning the ingredient lists on shampoo bottles can help you pick one that won't likely trigger break outs. Ingredients such as petroleum, silicone, cocoa butter, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and lanolin can also trigger acne, especially if left on the skin.

Our recommendation? Try to find Therapeutic Shampoos -Scalp build up control Oil free fragances Free and clear mild formulas only. If you are experiencing acne, and after changing your shampoo traditional routine you are not seeing any changes, come see one of our skin experts ;)

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