Congratulations! You did it! You finally got those trendy bangs you had been ear-marking pages of magazines for all summer. While the cooler, drier air of autumn and winter will make styling your bangs a breeze, there’s one problem women can encounter with bangs, and you might have already experienced it: forehead acne.
You know that touching your face can lead to acne, because bacteria from your fingers will mix with the oils on your face and clog your pores. Well, same goes for the bacteria that gets brushed across your face with your bangs (and don’t try to tell me you never touch your bangs!) Fortunately, there are some ways to keep your forehead pimple-free with your fringe.
Remove the trigger
Pull back your bangs? ‘No way,’ you might say – after all, you just cut them this way! You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your style to keep your skin clear, but it’s a good idea to pull your bangs back when you’re not working a certain style, in order to let your skin breathe.
Always pull them back with a headband or clips while working out, since they can serve as perfect transmitters of sweat and bacteria from your scalp onto your forehead. The same goes for sleep – you tend to sweat in your slumbers, and having your bangs sticking to your forehead will only foster the growth of more acne-causing bacteria.
Products: Keep back
When applying products to your hair, it’s important to be careful and keep them off your skin. Spritzing on some hair spray, shine enhancer or frizz product? Spray it on a comb or brush, then apply to your bangs to avoid spraying it straight on your face. You’ll also want to be careful with products if you have super-sensitive skin. Also, try to avoid any products you have to apply to your scalp and hairline, as this can cause zits right along the edge of your face.
Keep sudsing up!
Of course, you should continue your skin care routine as usual when you get bangs, but you might need to give your forehead some special attention. When you pull your bangs up at night to wash, you should also take advantage of this open air time to apply a spot treatment to problem areas. This is something you might not be able to do during the day when your hair is down!