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Hairline Pimples? Here's A Quick Hack!


Clean beauty industry maven Mary Futher founded kaia naturals® after spending 20 years working for global beauty companies. Mary now shares her weekly column, delivering a quick fix, home remedy, or clean beauty product suggestion for a variety of human discomforts that some may find too embarrassing to discuss.

Do You Get Hairline Pimples?

Regular breakouts are bad enough, but when you start to get pimples on your hairline, and on the back of your neck, it hardly seems fair and it can be quite painful – especially because the hairline and scalp area are known to be quite sensitive. These pimples are normally caused by irritation resulting from oil building. Luckily, there’s one product that you may already have laying around at home that you can use to help reduce breakouts around the scalp and hairline area.


Pimples that form on the hairline, the back of your neck, or directly on the scalp normally appear because your pores are congested with excess buildup of oil, hair product, and dead cells.  The reason this happens is because bacteria begins to form as a result of excess oil on the scalp. This causes redness, swelling. However, there are three main aggravators that can make this problem worse, which leads to unwanted breakouts.

YOUR SHAMPOO: Using non-natural shampoo and conditioners can actually accelerate the build-up of sebum in your pores. They often contain silicones, which suffocate your skin if residue is left behind. Some non-natural shampoos (and even natural shampoos) contain rich oils and emollients that are comedogenic. AND, if you have bangs like me, you may notice that they tend to get oily throughout the day – even if you just showered. If you use a conditioner that’s too rich, or if your face moisturizer is too heavy, product residue will mix with your bands which increases that oily or greasy feeling. And, as they lay on your forehead, this can increase the risk of breakouts.

YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS: Styling products (particularly those that are sprayed on through aerosol cans) leave residue behind that can easily land on your forehead, and wreak havoc on oily skin! Imagine stepping out into a hot summer day, or even just going to bed, with hair product build-up and dirt mixing in with your skin and face…it’s not a pretty outcome.

YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE:Not addressing oily hair before going to bed and sleeping with oily hair around your face for 6-8 hours, will DEFINITELY congest your pores and lead to breakouts. Especially if you have longer hair that tends to fall on your face while you sleep.



I get it…sometimes you may find something that works wonders for your hair, and then find out it may be the reason you’re getting pimples on your hairline or on the back of your neck. One solution would be to stop using it completely, OR you simply modify the way you use the product.


Yes, dry shampoo can help absorb oil on your skin…but only if it’s natural. I actually spray a natural dry shampoo powder to help reduce oil production on my forehead.

Full disclosure it is my company’s product the takesumi detox the overnight dry shampoo, but the real reason I developed was because I had oily bangs and I did not want to use aerosol propellants on my hair or for the environment. I developed a product that was all-natural powder and safe to spray on my forehead to absorb oil both at night and during the day. Because the takesumi detox overnight dry shampoo is aerosol free and made with micronized rice starch, it could also function as an oil absorbing face powder, so no need to worry about it on your face. This means it’s safe and gentle for your scalp, forehead, and back of the neck.

Of course, you can use any natural dry shampoo you want – as long as it’s 100% natural, and is a powder form with a starch base.

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