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Pomade Acne - What Is It and How Can You Treat It?

A pomade enthusiast who loves to experiment with new pomades and hair styles.


Whether you have been using pomade for a while or more likely you just have got into using pomade, you should know that it can cause acne. Hence, it is commonly referred to as Pomade Acne.

In terms of where it is located, you tend to get it exactly where you would expect - right across their hairline and around at the top of your forehead. This is essentially where you were adding pomade to your hair and some has slipped out onto your actual skin.

Then after the ingredients of the pomade, which tend to be quite thick in nature have had a chance to mix with your skin they can clog up your pores and then of course the result is a closely packed range of acne and spots that have come out across your temples, forehead and hairline. Especially with regular use of pomades.

So now we know what Pomade Acne is, what can you do about it?

You have a range of options available to you and we will go through them below, but before we do that - I just wanted to include a disclaimer that this is not medical advice and you should see a healthcare professional. Visit the Dermatologist, a specialist practitioner in the skin.

None of this is medical advice and you should see a dermatologist if your skin condition is bad and the acne is getting worse. They are the specialists and they will advise you on how to go forward in the best way. What follows is an account of how I have suffered from Pomade Acne personally, and the ways I have gone about treating it to prevent the Pomade Acne from coming about in the future.

Here are a few of the options on how you can try and treat and prevent the Pomade Acne from forming.

Stop Using the Pomade

Now, this is a suggestion that I am guessing, you’re not going to like as you read it, as you want to have the pomade in your hair without the acne. However, the simple facts are, if you stop using the pomade, you’re likely to see your acne clear up.

We actually would recommend this step anyway, as then you can determine if it is specifically the pomade that is causing the acne in the first place. This at least rules out all the possibilities, even if you are getting the acne occurring along the hairline and your forehead.

We have no doubt that you aren’t going to like that option. I didn’t either, so here are the next steps that I took.

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Narrow Down the Pomade

If you are using multiple pomades, you might actually be finding that it is just one of the pomades of the selection that is causing the issue. It tends to be oil-based pomades and ones that contain petroleum-based ingredients can often be the culprits. Cut these types of pomades out and see if it makes a difference. If it does, then I would opt for a water-based pomade as they tend to be a lot nicer on the skin and cause fewer breakouts.

Reduce the Usage of Your Pomade

If you are using a pomade every day, it might be time to give your skin a bit of a break. It might be better to just give it a day on and off. Perhaps just using it at the weekend or for special occasions. After cutting back the daily usage of my pomade, I noticed this was the key factor that helped with the clearing up of the pomade acne. Unfortunately, that does mean you can’t sport your favourite hair sweep, pomp and pullback style every day.

Careful Application of the Pomade

Another rather obvious step but trying to be more careful with where and how you apply the pomade such as being directly behind the hairline can prevent the amount of pomade that interacts with your forehead. If you can keep it well away, and then be sure to wipe up any remnants of the pomade around your hairline this should help as well.

Wash Your Face Daily and Practice Proper Skin Care

Make sure to take good care of your skin in general. So ensure that you are washing your face regularly with a high quality cleanser and exfoliator. Go ahead and just discover some of the men’s grooming products out there related to skin and that should give you a good indicator of the right product for you. For me, it was a simple Wash and Scrub that helped alleviate a lot of the acne. Be sure that you are washing your hair out from the pomade on the night before you go to bed, so you aren’t getting pomade onto your pillow and then your face to interact with that pillow.

Avoid Touching Your Face (Just After You've Touched Your Hair)

What tends to happen here is that you touch your hair (full of pomade) and then your face. So you are directly transferring some pomade to your face. The result? You might end up with pomade acne. Instead, if you happen to touch your hair, see if you can just wash your hands. Naturally, this is probably the hardest tip out of the lot as you won’t realise you are doing this subconsciously.

Clean Diet and Drink Plenty of Water

Ensure you have got a relatively clean diet as well. It can be the case that certain foods that are fatty can be contributing towards the spots. Making sure that you are staying plenty hydrated will help as well. Again, a relatively difficult one if you’re not already in the habit of doing so.

Reach out to us and let us know your experience with Pomade Acne. What was it like? How did you go about solving it? Do you have any other suggestions for the potential treatments above and how to deal with them? Of course, if you do have any general questions, then please reach out to us in the comments section below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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