You have already picked out and organized your shower haircare products so that you can get strong and healthy hair. But besides taming your hair both in and out of the shower, do you give much thought to how those products affect more than just your hair? You want to consider how these products affect not only the skin on your scalp, but also your skin elsewhere. This is especially important to consider if you’re one that likes to take a shower right before you go to bed. If you’re a nighttime bather then there are hair mistakes before bed you should avoid.
You actually shouldn’t use hair products on your wet hair before you go to bed because the products can cause acne when you hair rubs against your face. Dermatologist David A. Colbert, M.D., tells Teen Vogue that products may cause your skin to react in different ways. Acne caused by hair products happens when your pores get clogged with the ingredients and when your skin is inflamed by the product. “Gels, pomades, and hairsprays tend to be the most irritating,” David says.
It’s important to remember that acne can be found on more places than just your face. Your haircare products may also affect places like your chest and back where your wet hair would naturally fall after you use product on it. So, it’s definitely essential to think twice about using gooey hair products on your wet hair if you plan to shower right before heading to sleep.
The American Academy of Dermatology further investigates what causes your hair products to make you breakout. According to the Academy, acne caused by hair products is so common that it has its own name for the condition– acne cosmetica. The Academy further states that getting rid of this kind of acne is relatively easy, and it also notes that this acne can occur even if your skin isn’t typically acne-prone. You should simply see your skin calm down once you stop using the products. If you don’t, you should then consult with a dermatologist.
Are you looking for even more pro tips? According to the Academy, you should always look for products that have one or all of the following phrases on the labels:
- Won’t clog pores
- Oil free
You can help to prevent breakouts and still shower before bed by sleeping with your hair in a bun. There are plenty of reasons why you should sleep with your hair in a bun. Sleeping with a loose bun helps your hair to relatively stay in place, and doing so can prevents tangles and frizziness. You can also save your back and chest from acne if you choose to place your wet hair into a bun before going to sleep. Ideally though, you should add extra time to your morning routine and plan to shower once you wake up every day. Showering at night may be the culprit of any unwanted adult acne that you have. And let’s be honest, nobody’s got time for that.