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Any hairstyle with bangs can be a challenge, especially if you have oily skin. Not only do they require regular styling, but they will also inevitably cling to your forehead. Your skin becomes a fringe magnet the second it starts sweating or producing oil — two functions that you can’t really suppress. It then traps bacteria, creating a fertile breeding ground for breakouts. So, what’s a girl who’s committed to keeping her bangs to do? Follow these tips! Here’s how to avoid pimples if you have bangs and acne-prone skin.

How to Avoid Pimples If You Have Bangs

Wash your face with a cleanser that controls sebum production to get to the root of acne.

For people with oily or acne-prone skin, avoiding pimples is a full-time job. Throw some bangs into that equation and it becomes a near-impossible task. Unless you always brush up your bangs or pin your hair to the side, then chances are you will get breakouts.

Hair holds natural oils that can transfer onto your skin and irritate it. Hair also traps dirt, dust, sweat, pollen, and styling products. All of these can clog the pores on your forehead and around the sides of your face, causing dandruff.

Here’s what you can do to minimize breakouts as much as possible without having to get rid of your stylish fringe.

Use a facial wash that minimizes oil.

Curbing your sebum production is your best bet against breakouts, bangs, or no bangs. The American Academy of Dermatology states that the face alone has 900 sebaceous glands per centimeter of skin. If you have oily skin, these glands produce an excessive level of sebum that can mix with sweat, dirt, and dead skill cells that clog pores. 

Use a facial wash that helps control oil to avoid clogging your pores. Try Pond's Acne Clear Facial Foam, which has niacinamide that aids in inhibiting oil production over time and reduces inflammation. Moreover, it has Thymo-T essence that fights 99.9% of pimple-causing bacteria. It works in three days to help you achieve smooth, clear skin.

Beat bacteria throughout the day with wipes.

As your bangs stick to your forehead, trapping dirt, oil, and dead skin underneath, your pores can get clogged as well as irritated from friction. Yes, just like when you’re wearing a mask! Cleansing on the go can help — but don’t do it with just regular wipes, which can be too harsh for the skin on your face. 

Use Pond's Antibacterial Cleansing Wipes to clean your face after sweating or exposure to environmental pollution. Also good for preventing maskne, these wipes will help you avoid getting forehead breakouts. These gentle tissues have glycerin and AHA, which help remove dead skin cells and kill acne-causing bacteria.

Cleanse thoroughly before bedtime.

Removing all traces of makeup and dirt is essential to keeping your skin clear. Not only do these contribute to clogging your pores, but the extra layer of gunk can also reduce the efficacy of your skincare products. It can result in dull skin, as well as breakouts.

Add a facial cleanser like Eskinol Pimple Fighting Facial Cleanser to your skincare routine to thoroughly clean your face. This Micro-Cleanse Antibacterial Formula removes deep-seated dirt. It also dries up existing pimples with Dermaclear, which has tea tree oil and salicylic acid. Apply with cotton using gentle strokes.

Clip your bangs up or to the side whenever you can.

Keep your bangs away from your face while working, exercising, and sleeping.

The popular phrase “let your skin breathe” means allowing your skin to do what it naturally does. It includes absorbing water and producing oil and sweat without hindrance. When you have bangs, this can also mean exposing your forehead from time to time to prevent clogged pores.

Clip your bangs up or to the side when you’re sleeping to prevent hair from irritating your skin. Do this when you’re working out or working from home, too. Whenever you think you’re going to sweat or produce more oil than usual, it’s best to set your bangs aside.

Wash your hair regularly. 

Another tip on how to avoid pimples on your forehead? Don't neglect your hair. The buildup of oil, sweat, and dirt in your hair can lead to breakouts when transferred onto your skin.

Make sure your hair is always clean or at least product-free, to reduce the risk of breaking out. Choose a non-comedogenic shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair or one with tea tree oil which is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Try to avoid styling products, such as hair oils and waxes, which can clog your pores. 

How to avoid pimples if you have bangs? The rules are more or less the same: cleanse your skin, remove excess oil, and exfoliate. Oh yeah, and keep your hair away from your face!