Eyebrow Acne: Can Grooming Your Brows Cause Pimples?
Whether you choose to tweeze, wax or thread, acne around your eyebrows is a real thing that can occur as a result. We consulted with board-certified dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D., to help us get to the bottom of why eyebrow acne happens and what to do about it.
Why Do Eyebrow Breakouts Occur Post Hair-Removal?
Before we dive into the steps to take to keep blemishes in this area at bay, it’s important to understand why this reaction is so common to begin with. “Similar to shaving and razor burn, trauma to any area can cause your skin to react,” Dr. Bhanusali says. “Combined with the possibility of a stray hair becoming ingrown, popular eyebrow hair-removal techniques can lead some to experience unpleasant breakouts.”
What Are Other Factors That Can Lead to Acne in This Area?
Even if you never remove hairs in this area, you may still experience pimples, which is likely due to using cosmetics that are comedogenic that can easily clog your pores. Between gels, powders and pencils you use to shape your brows, it’s important to always check that they say non-comedogenic on the label. Always cleanse your brows each night the way you would your skin, which will help to remove the product and any excess oils that may linger on skin and lead to clogged pores.
How to Prevent Eyebrow Acne
Before removing any brow hairs, gently exfoliate your face, paying close attention to the brow area, or wherever treatment is taking place. This can help ensure that bacteria and dirt won’t get pushed into your pores and cause a clog during the removal process.
What to Do Afterwards
It’s important to resist the urge to touch your eyebrows with your fingers after hair removal. If your hands are dirty, bacteria can transfer onto your face and clog pores, which can lead to a breakout. If you do see any pimples post-grooming, reach for a spot treatment formulated with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur.