Can hair products cause adult acne?

I've battled acne ever since puberty (so for about 12 years now). I've finally found a product that works that doesn't require me to go to the dermatologist. My skin care regimen has not changed over the last few months and has survived several hormonal breakouts so I know these skin care products are legit and a holy grail. My skin issue returned once I started using a new hair care product. I love the hair care product because it made my hair super soft and moisturized. The moisture lasted for days and because I colored my own hair using baking soda and peroxide, moisture is extremely important to me. As soon as I started using the product though, my skin started breaking out yet again. While the skin care products tamed the acne, I've noticed it is worse whenever I use the product on my hair. My confusion is this: the product (S-Curl Moisturizing activator spray), is a spray and not an oil. I apply it to my strands not my scalp. My hair doesn't hang as I wear it shrunken (4A) and it does not, ever, touch my face. I cover it in silk at night and because I sleep on my stomach (which is horrible, I know) my hair rarely touches my pillow. I've since stopped using the product and have switched back to more natural ingredients but could the product really be to blame for my acne? I heard a youtuber claim the product was rich/heavy in vitamin B- could the excess B vitamins be the cause? I ask because I've had negative skin reactions to Biotin which falls in that particular vitamin category. Has anyone else had this problem? I've noticed a similar issue with coconut oil- the holy grail of oils! Is anyone else "allergic" to EVCO too? What's a curly girl to do?? :(

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Good morning vjackson93,When I went natural, I started to get back acne out of nowhere. After having a conversation with my college roommate (Type 1 hair) about skin care and hair care, she said that she discontinued using products with silicone because it would clog her pores and cause acne. Sure enough, the second I discontinued using Aussie Moist conditioner my back acne disappeared. I just looked at the ingredients list of the S-Curl Curl Activator Moisturizer and it has simethicone in it. That may be causing you to break out. Another important measure that I take in regards to maintaining my healthy hair and clear skin is making sure that I always wash my hands and face. After I wash my hair I always wash my face. Even before I deep condition, I wash my face while my hair is covered in the plastic cap before I go under the hooded dryer because I don't want my pores to open and the product to seep in. Another thing I do is wash my face and my back after I've rinse the conditioner out. And even after I style my hair, I wash my hands to make sure I do not put product on my face while I sleep. You always want to be aware of different ways products can get on your face. Another thing is to make sure you are washing your hair scarves and pillowcases frequently. Although your hair may not come in direct contact with your pillow, your face still excretes oil so you don't want that build-up to constantly come in contact with your fresh, clean skin. I know this may sound like a task but it’s not and it is totally worth it.