Bangs have a reputation of being one of the more high-maintenance hairstyling choices. Besides the difficulty in styling another annoying problem commonly associated with bangs, outside of actually keeping them in shape, is breakouts. Some unfortunately experience blemishes and acne on the skin that bangs cover. Since using your bold cut as a curtain isn’t going to make the issue any better, here are some tips that will help prevent your bangs from causing those unwanted breakouts.
Understand the issue: The forehead is part of the T-zone, which has a tendency towards being oilier than the cheeks. Bangs act like a ‘curtain,’ which traps excess oil and bacteria. If you have an oily scalp that oil that develops on the scalp can ‘migrate’ onto the forehead.
Stop touching them: You already know what happens when you constantly flip and touch your hair every five seconds. The hair you washed in the AM ends up looking greasy and flat in no time at all. Keep your hands off your forehead and fringe so you don’t transfer oils and dirt to this area that is so prone to blemishes. It is a hard habit to break, but stay motivated with happy thoughts of clear skin and clean hair.
Cleanse skin regularly: Skipping your face washing routine is never a good idea—bangs or not! To keep this area in the clear, cleanse twice daily. If you find that you have oily skin, you might need to pack along a product that will cleanse this skin quickly. If there is oil breakthrough during the day, it is a signal that skin is quite oily. Using a gentle on-the-go oil control product during the day and a salicylic acid cleanser twice daily will help manage the breakouts.
Pin them up: Switching up for style is a good practice that could help prevent breakouts from occurring on your forehead. Try pinning your bangs up, breading them back, or pushing them back with a headband to get them off of your face. There are tons of ways to style them differently.
Be mindful of products: If you are prone to breakouts on this area of your face, you might want to read up on your shampoo and conditioner. What you are washing your bangs with could play a part in the state of your complexion. Avoid the use of rich conditioners and shampoos on your bangs and switch to an oil-free product instead. If you hair tends to be dry, apply your conditioner to the ends and not the bangs. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the formula out of your hair to avoid any irritation from excess product as well.