Your hair looks great – but your skin not so much. If you have this problem, you may be surprised to learn that your hair may be playing a role in causing your skin troubles, and changing your hair routine can actually improve how your skin looks.
- Oily hair can cause pimples. The oil from your hair will end up on your face, particularly your forehead, face, and back. The solution is simple: wash your hair more often! And use a shampoo that is designed for oily hair.
- Hair products can clog your pores. Hair spray, gel, mousse, and many other hair products also travel from your hair to your face, and the same ingredients that keep your hair in place also keeps oil in your pores! When applying any of these products, cover your face. If you’re afraid some of the product ended up on your skin, wash it off.
- Hair relaxers can cause a burning scalp. Any product you put on your hair comes into contact with your scalp, so often this is the skin that pays the most for your hair care routine. One common complaint is a burning sensation after using a hair relaxer. This can happen with any hair relaxer product, but it is more often associated with products that contain lye, so it’s best to avoid them. You can also protect your scalp with petroleum jelly before applying.
- Hair dyes can cause scalp irritation. It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that hair dye can cause similar problems. The key to maintaining your fabulous hair color while staying comfortable is following the directions on the package. Don’t leave it on longer than it says. Also, be sure to rinse your scalp well after use.
- Hair dye can cause a rash. Certain people have bad reactions to hair dyes. Experts recommend doing a “patch test” before you go all-in. It’s easy to do. Simply rub a little dye behind your area or on the inside the crook of your arm. If you don’t get a rash within two days, you’re in the clear. Do the test every time before you dye since your body’s reaction can change and different dyes will produce different results.
- Harsh shampoos can cause dry skin. When your shampoo washes off, it ends up on your skin. Just like harsh soaps can cause dry skin, your shampoo may play a role. Consider switching to a more mild shampoo or diluting the one you’re currently using with water first.
If you’re having problems with your skin and your hair, consider that stress may actually be a factor. (The effects of stress also often show up in your nails, so be careful!) The solution? One way to combat the effects is exercise, which releases endorphins that helps your body cope. And of course, there’s always good old-fashioned relaxation as a remedy. So why not head for a day at the spa – and maybe a facial?
About the author: Debbie Sweet handles a range of acne treatments in Chicago, where she works in the skin care industry.