It’s not a stretch to say that bangs are one of the most popular haircut trends of the moment. Your favorite celebs rock bangs with style, as do your BFFs. If you’ve taken the plunge and gotten bangs yourself, then you may have asked yourself a few questions like, “Do bangs cause acne?” and “How do you keep your forehead clear when there’s always hair sitting on top of it?” However, there’s no need to fret! You can totally rock stylish bangs and keep your skin in proper shape. All you need is the right skin care routine tailored specifically to your fringe. Here, we’re sharing six skin care tips to help you maintain a flawless complexion while keeping your banging cut.
DO BANGS CAUSE ACNE?
First things first, let’s go back to your main question. Do bangs make you breakout? While getting your haircut so that you have a fringe across your forehead won’t magically make you have acne, the two can be connected. So, if you have bangs and have ever wondered, “Why am I breaking out in the middle of my forehead?”, you might have just learned the answer.
When you put hair products through your entire mane, and then your bangs sit on your forehead, the products can get on your skin and lead to blemishes. But like we said, that shouldn't keep you from getting bangs. You can have the hair you want and a clear complexion.
HOW TO MANAGE FOREHEAD ACNE WITH BANGS
Here’s what to do if you’ve decided to debut a fringe—or already did—and are experiencing a not-so-welcome breakout beneath your new bangs.
SKIN CARE TIP #1: DON’T FORGET TO CLEANSE YOUR FOREHEAD
How do you wash your face when you have bangs? If you find your fringe gets in the way of cleansing, there is an easy solution: pin them back. Use a few bobby pins or a headband to get your bangs out of the way, so you can effectively see—and cleanse—your entire face, from forehead to chin. In turn, you can help keep breakouts in the middle of your forehead at bay!
Consider using a clay cleanser, such as the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which is indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities without over-drying. To use, squeeze the cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Then, gently massage it onto your face using circular motions, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, and pat dry. (Here’s How to Find the Right Clay Cleanser for Your Skin Type.)
Always on the go? Throw micellar water into your bag so you can cleanse without rinsing whenever needed. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which intensely purifies, removes makeup (even waterproof!), and cleans dirt and impurities. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your entire face, lifting your bangs out of the way to get your forehead, then you’re good to go!
SKIN CARE TIP #2: PIN YOUR BANGS BACK
If you have bangs, you should always keep a few bobby pins, hair clips, or a headband on hand, especially if you know you’re going to be sweating a lot. Since sweat and oils can cause blemishes to form, the right hair accessories can protect your skin and allow you to test out new ‘dos. Consider it a win-win! When your strands get sweaty, simply pop on a hair accessory or two. (Hitting the gym? Here are 10 Beauty Essentials to Stash in Your Gym Bag.)
SKIN CARE TIP #3: BE MINDFUL OF STYLING PRODUCTS
Think about it: The more styling products you use on your bangs, the more likely that those products could transfer to your forehead, which can lead to those pesky blemishes making an appearance. Not cool! Instead, try to keep the styling products to a minimum if you’re wearing your bangs down. A great way to kick things off? Adding the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE It Elastic Curl Mousse to your arsenal. Formulated to give your strands bouncy definition that goes the distance, you’ll be able to add some life to your bangs without the need for additional styling products.
SKIN CARE TIP #4: WASH YOUR BANGS REGULARLY
It’s likely that your bangs will start to look greasy and need a wash slightly earlier than the rest of your hair. Sometimes it’s even worth giving your bangs a quick refresh in the a.m. and waiting until nighttime to wash the rest of your hair. Since this small section of hair lays directly on your face, you definitely want it to be clean all the time! Cleanse and condition with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner, then blow-dry your bangs straight or let them air dry—it’s up to you.
SKIN CARE TIP #5: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF!
We know; it’s easier said than done not to play or mess with your bangs. But trust us, it’s a good idea! If you’re constantly touching your bangs, you may want to stop. The oils from your hands can transfer onto your forehead, which is a major culprit behind breakouts.
SKIN CARE TIP #6: BE CAREFUL WITH ACNE TREATMENTS
Benzoyl peroxide is a popular ingredient to use when you’re dealing with breakouts. One thing to keep in mind about this ingredient is that it can bleach your clothes and even your hair. This means covering forehead breakouts in benzoyl peroxide and then letting your bangs down may be risky. If you find this is the type of acne product that works best for your skin, you’ll want to keep your bangs out of the way while it’s on your forehead.
Now that you know how to take care of your skin when you have bangs, it’s time to learn how to style your bangs, too. Check out our article, How to Style (and Trim) Your Own Bangs, for easy tips.