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Know If Your Conditioner Is Causing You bacne

While your conditioner’s emollient ingredients might smooth and soften your hair, they can also clog your pores and worsen acne. 

In this article we will discuss in more detail why your conditioner might result in breakouts and how to prevent conditioner-related bacne.

Why might your conditioner be the cause of your breakouts?

Conditioners are meant to help repair hair and make it softer; many are super thick, creamy and include ingredients that tend to clog pores especially if they are oil-based.

Though ingredients regularly found in conditioners such as shea butter, petroleum and oils, aren’t inherently comedogenic, they can still hold pore-clogging particles that ultimately lead to breakouts.

Tips on how to avoid bacne when using conditioner:

  • If you suspect your Conditioner could be the cause behind your bacne, try to start your shower off with your hair care routine — shampoo and condition, then thoroughly rinse your hair before washing your body. The oily residue leftover from the conditioner will be lathered off with body wash and help alleviate breakouts
  • Another option to avoid bacne is pinning your hair up after applying your conditioner so it doesn’t touch your back and shoulders.

If you’re still experiencing breakouts after trying those tips, it may be a good idea to switch your usual conditioner for a non-comedogenic one.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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