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This just in: greasy hair bad for skin


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I usually get breakouts right around my hairline. What’s the best remedy to get rid of them—is it just a matter of washing my hair more?

Breakouts around the hairline are often caused by excess oil in hairstyling products—even if they do not seem greasy. Make sure to read your product label or discuss the ingredients with your stylist. This particular area is also part of the T-zone, which is already acne prone. To eliminate the problem, I recommend either switching to hair products that contain little to no oil or applying a daily all-over treatment. MD Skincare’s All-Over Blemish Solution, for instance, is designed with a lipid-loving delivery system to disband and unclog any blocked oil glands in order to get ahead of your problem. Treatment must be ongoing and consistent because it may take up to two or three weeks for a blemish to form. Shampooing frequently to avoid oil buildup is also recommended.

A board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon based in New York City, Dr. Dennis Gross founded his own skincare line, MD Skincare, as a topical alternative to surgical procedures. His products have consistently been featured in fashion and beauty consumer magazines and his expertise has helped him become a well-known lecturer and consultant on the subject of skincare. His book,Your Future Face, focuses on a customized approach for individual problems.

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