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Q&A: does what you put on your scalp affect your face?

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Does what you put on your scalp affect your face? Let’s discuss.

Q: Does what I put on my scalp affect my face?

A: In short, yes, it can. While most can apply hair products with no issues, some might suffer from irritation. Your skin and scalp absorbs 60% of what you put on it, so you always want to try to use soothing, nourishing ingredients. If you naturally overproduce sebum – the main cause of acne – using greasier products on your scalp will cause issues.

Q: What using about petroleum on the scalp?

A: This one is long-debated and there is no right or wrong answer, as it actually varies from person to person. Contrary to popular belief, pure petroleum jelly (like the Vaseline brand) is non-comedogenic, meaning that it doesn’t actually clog pores. However, it does create a protective barrier that doesn’t allow the usual healthy flow of sebum to moisturize strands. Petroleum also has no nutritional value, so using nutrient-rich oils will always likely make more sense.

Q: What should I put on my scalp if I have acne?

A: If you have acne, you can actually try to use bacteria-killing shampoos like those that contain activated charcoal, tea-tree, peppermint and eucalyptus. Also, don’t let your conditioner sit for longer than 30 minutes.

Q: Which oils are best to put on the scalp for hydrating the skin?

A: Olive, avocado, and jojoba.

Q: What can I use if oils irritate my skin and my scalp?

A: Pure vegetable glycerin works well for dermatitis and irritable scalps.

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