Bangs & Breakouts: How Your Fringe Affects Your Forehead
Are your bangs causing you to breakout? As summer kicks it into high gear we take a deep dive into how your fringe may be the not-so-hidden cause of your forehead acne.
As someone who has rocked bangs in nearly every which way you can have them—I’m talking side-swept, parted, asymmetrical, straight across, you name it—I can tell you this much: On mornings when I would wake up to a blemish smack in the middle of my forehead, boy was I happy to have bangs. As long as I could perfectly position my fringe in place to cover up my newfound pimple, there was simply no need for mass amounts of concealer and color corrector—and that anxiety that I usually experience while desperately trying to figure out how to cover up a blemish was seemingly nonexistent. In theory, this was all great. Bangs are an easy, makeup-free way to hide a breakout… but ever notice how when you decide to grow out the fringe those forehead pimples that required crafty coverage seem to disappear?
Because the T-Zone—which includes the forehead, between the eyebrows, and on top of the nose—is prone to over-producing oil, especially for those with oily or combination skin types, bangs—be they side-swept or blunt cut—end up blanketing that excess oil the same way tight workout clothes blanket sweat. This, when mixed with sweat, makeup, dead skin cells, and other impurities, becomes the perfect environment for clogged pores and…you guessed it, breakouts. The bangs essentially trap the dirt and grime onto skin, giving your pores no other choice but to get angry and stage a revolt. On top of that, if you’re not washing your hair everyday—and really, who does?–those oils and excess products from your hair come into the mix and can be an additional source of clogged pores. No bueno.
An oily T-Zone and dirty hair are just two of the many reasons why bangs might be linked to a breakout. From using a new product—like dry shampoo or hairspray—that may cause the skin to become irritated, to forgetting to pull them back with a headband or bobby pin before a sweaty workout session, if we don’t pay extra attention to them, having bangs can wreak havoc on our complexions. Luckily, there are a few quick and easy tricks—that don’t involve growing out your fringe—that can be applied to avoid bang related breakouts, below.
USE CAUTION WHEN APPLYING PRODUCT
When applying products—whether it be hairspray, shine spray, or any other spritz-type product—to your bangs, you may find that applying the product to a small comb and then brushing it through your fringe gives you the same results, without spraying the product directly onto your skin.
WASH YOUR BANGS… EVERYDAY
Even if you don’t wash your hair every day, you might want to make it a habit to give your bangs a quick cleanse in between washing your face and brushing your teeth every morning. By nature, bangs can be subject to becoming greasy faster than the rest of your hair since they are being restyled and played with throughout the day and they are always in constant contact with your skin.
PULL YOUR BANGS BACK
Whether you’re headed to the gym or spending a hot summer day in the park—or even on your commute home from work—pull your bangs back with a headband, bobby pins, or hair clips and allow the skin underneath your fringe to breathe freely. At night, you may also want to consider using this trick!