“We see hair-care products clogging the pores and creating acne-like lesions,” says Ivy Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Pasadena, California. While she sees this happening often with leave-on products, she also sees it happening with shampoo and conditioners with oils which “can have more comedogenic effects where they plug the pores and can lead to acne-like lesions along the hairline, on the back of the neck, shoulders, or upper back,” she says.
The fix? Keep your hair off your back while your conditioner sits. A simple way to do this is to use a clip ($12) to put your hair up instead of leaving it down. For even more protection and a deeper condition, apply a conditioning cap ($12). Trapping heat in with a cap helps your conditioner penetrate deeper into your hair and prevents that drippage.
When you’re ready to rinse out your conditioner, embrace “upside-down hair washing,” and face the water as you flip your head forward. This method will prevent the conditioner from running down your back. Now, you’re ready to whip out your body wash and clean from the neck down. “It’s important to rinse not only your hair but the body as well after conditioning to ensure there isn’t any product residue on the back,” says Michelle Blaisure, certified trichologist and product and former technical specialist for Bosley Professional Strength. Now, you can head into your next shower confident that you’ll step out of it with clean hair and no clogged pores.
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