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Old 01-21-2007, 04:45 PM   #1
 
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I've been wearing my hair curly for about 2 months now. When I wear it curly I let it dry by itself and don't touch it. So it touches my face alot
I've been breaking out in horrible acne and its killing me!! I don't know how to make it stop. I used different products and its still happening. I really want to keep wearing my hair curly but if this keeps up I don't know if I can. I also sleep with my face in the pillow and my hair touches that!

How can I prevent this I'm trying to do something good for my hair and my skin is suffering from it!!Anyone else have this problem?

Help please!!!!
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:02 PM   #2
 
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try using clips to keep your hair out of your face while it's drying
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
 
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I tried that and I have creases in my hair after it dries. I think its from my hair touching my face wet and dry
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:27 AM   #4
 
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What products have you been using?

Personally, products with salicylic acid do absolutely nothing for my pimples. However, products with benzoyl peroxide seem to help me, although they do dry out my skin.

My friend, who is also a curly, has the same problem you do. She tends to get small pimples and bumps along her hairline. She uses a witch hazel astringent that she found at Bath and Body Works and says it helps clean the buildup off of her skin.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:04 AM   #5
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I have the same problem. The only products that really work on my hair (for curl formation/frizz control) seem to cause horrible acne. For the time being, I've gone back to straightening, but I would love some other options.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:22 AM   #6
 
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Read this post:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/phpBB/...ic.php?t=90396

There was a lot of good info/replies.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:26 AM   #7
 
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I have problems with this as well. Here are some things that I do which I think make a difference:

1-Wash my face last in the shower. I turban my hair and then get back in and do a thorough scrub of my face. Turban gets a bit wetter, but no big deal.
2-Wash my satin pillow case every other day.
3-Pull my hair back with a headband as soon as I know I'm home to stay for the day.
4-Probably most importantly, I've switched to using Biomedic / LaRoche Posay products for oily and acne prone skin. These are great products and when my daughter started getting pimples and blackheads, I started her on them as well. Can't say enough good things about them.
5-Once a week, I do an "aspirin mask" on my acne areas. Just crush a couple aspirin and add a drop, maybe two of water to make a sort of paste. Apply paste to the areas you're concerned about and leave it on for ~15 minutes then rinse. My skin looks better immediately. Don't do this too often or it will really dry out your skin....at least it will mine.

Good luck!!
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for the link, Laurabeth. It's fascinating that so many of us have skin problems caused by products. It just seems weird that more curl-related products cause these problems that those for straightening. Is this simply the fault of the companies not knowing how to make truly effective products for curlies (and recycling the same formulas they use for straight hair) using non-comedogenic ingredients? Is there something in the process of caring for curly hair that makes breakouts more likely? Or are the acne-causing ingredients necessary to make curly hair spring well without frizz?
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:43 PM   #9
 
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Thanks for the replies!! I'll check out that link. I do use the aspirin mask occasionally but not too often because its very drying!

I'm wondering if the fact that the products for curly hair have so many ingredients for moisture contribute to acne? I don't know but if this keeps up I will be going back to straightening also!
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