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Is Your Haircare Routine Affecting Your Skin? 10 Tips To Fix It


Is your hair care routine affecting your skin?

We all want beautiful hair.

But sometimes, our hair care habits can wreak havoc on our skin.

From breakouts to irritation, the products we use on our hair can seriously impact our skin.

But don’t worry; I’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ll discuss 10 tips to help you stop your hair care routine from ruining your skin.

So you can have clean hair without those pesky breakouts on your skin.

Grab a cup of coffee, and let’s dive in!

My haircare routine for dry hair

My hair is quite dry.

So frequently, washing strips it of its natural oils, making it even drier.

And because of that, I shampoo my hair twice monthly.

And co-wash twice as well.

I shampoo and co-wash on alternate weeks.

Then I use a leave-in conditioner to keep hair moisturized.

This hair care routine keeps my hair hydrated and healthy and my face clean.

So why do our hair care routines cause breakouts?

Hair care products are mainly the problem.

Most hair care products contain ingredients that are not meant for your skin.

For example, sulfates, commonly found in shampoos, can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.

That’s why your face gets very dry when shampoo water runs on it.

Other ingredients like silicones and oils can clog pores and cause breakouts.

Also, scented hair products could cause skin irritations if you’re allergic to fragrances.

How do you keep your haircare routine from affecting your skin

1. Choose the right products

Start by choosing hair care products free from sulfates, silicones, and fragrances.

Look for oil-free products as they are less likely to clog skin pores.

And if you have sensitive skin, opt for products labeled “hypoallergenic.”

These are the first steps to keep your hair care products from causing skin problems.

2. Wash your hair and skin regularly.

Wash your hair and skin properly to prevent breakouts from your hair care routine.

It’s essential to wash your hair regularly to prevent the buildup of oils and dirt that can lead to breakouts.

I discovered that washing my hair keeps my face cleaner.

And I get fewer breakouts.

So make it a habit to wash your hair as often as it works for you.

Also, avoid touching your face and neck with your hands while washing your hair.

As this can transfer oils and bacteria to your skin.

3. Wash your hair bending forward.

Another tip to keep your hair care routine from causing breakouts is to wash your hair bending forward.

If shampoo and conditioner cause acne on your back, bending forward when rinsing your hair would prevent and reduce it.

But also be careful not to let the shampoo and conditioner run on your face.

As this can dry up your skin or cause pimples on your face.

I notice my face is unusually dry whenever shampoo water runs on it.

So try to keep that hair water away from your face as much as possible.

4. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

Make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly after using any products.

This prevents any leftover product from transferring to your skin and causing acne.

If bending forward doesn’t work, try tilting your head back when rinsing your hair.

This prevents products from running down your face.

But products would likely run down your back.

Put your hair in a towel to keep the water from running down your back.

5. Take a good shower.

After rinsing your hair, you can shower with soap and exfoliating gloves.

Exfoliating or bath gloves remove dirt and dead skin and unclog your pores to prevent acne on the body.

So ensure you’re using them to thoroughly wash your body – paying attention to your back.

Then again, rinse your body thoroughly.

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6. Wash your face last.

Finally, wash your face after washing your hair and taking a shower.

This will remove any remaining product from your skin.

And remember to use a gentle cleanser for your skin type.

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7. Use a bonnet or a silk scarf to keep hair oils from the face

I love to wear a silk bonnet to keep my hair away from my face.

Because it doesn’t soak up your hair oils, it protects your pillows from hair oils that cause face breakouts.

Also, a silk bonnet protects your hair from drying and breakage.

So get a silk bonnet if you don’t have one.


8. Use silk pillowcases instead.

I’m considering getting a couple of silk pillowcases because any tight stuff on my head causes headaches.

And the bonnet sometimes falls off my head when I’m sleeping.

So these days I don’t wear a bonnet to bed.

But the risk is that hair products can transfer to my pillow and cause breakouts.

That’s why I’m considering getting some silk pillowcases.

A silk pillowcase is an excellent alternative if you have a similar experience with using a bonnet.

You can protect your skin from breakouts without worrying about headaches.

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9. If you have short hair

You know when you get a haircut at the salon, and they use the brush to dust off hairs on your face?

That brush could carry bacteria that cause breakouts on the face.

So remember to tell the hairdresser not to use the brush on your face.

This can help reduce breakouts significantly.

10. For long hair

If you have long hair, try to keep it away from your face as much as possible.

Also, avoid touching your face after running your fingers through your hair.

And for some people with bangs, the bangs can cause forehead breakouts too.

So consider styling your hair differently to protect your skin.

How to stop your haircare routine from affecting your face

A good hair care routine is important for keeping your hair healthy and looking great.

However, it’s also important to be mindful of how your hair care routine can affect your skin.


  • choosing the right hair products,
  • washing your hair and skin properly,
  • and choosing the right hairstyles,

can help you avoid breakouts.

And keep your skin looking clear and healthy.

Those are my tips to keep your hair care routine from affecting your skin.

If you find this post helpful, please share it.

Thanks for reading.

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