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SUNSCREEN, MAKEUP + HAIR LOSS

If you’re in your 20s or 30s and already noticing you have hair loss or hair thinning on the front of your forehead or near your ears, this hair tips blog post is for you.


young girl with frontal hair fibrosing signs (hair thinning)
On average, dermatologists are seeing more than 50 additional customers per year than ever before, with Frontal Hair Fibrosing issues (hair thinning or hair loss around the forehead).


Now, I’ve written quite a bit about the 7 main reason for hair loss in our blog [HERE], but this one's a bit different because we're going to be specifically discussing the relationship between using sunscreen and makeup, and hair loss or hair thinning.

There are many different types of hair loss, and studies are ongoing, but they’re beginning to suggest there may be some things we’re doing ourselves that could be contributing to this type of hair loss. Let’s get right into it and talk about 4 of these factors and what you can do NOW, to help this area of the scalp with regards to hair loss and hair thinning.

1 - You’re pulling back your hair too tight

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that the constant pull on your hair – like with buns and ponytails, cornrows and even dreadlocks or hair extensions – can cause Traction Alopecia (they even have a name for it) because the constant pulling can damage hair follicles and cause permanent hair loss.


This is a hair issue that was most commonly seen in ballerinas, as they pull their hair back in a tight bun before practice, as well as in Afro or textured hair types that use cornrow styles or protective hairstyles often.

What can you do?

It’s okay to do it once in a while, but you need to loosen the hair when you’re doing these styles. Even when you’re pulling your hair in a pineapple at night to sleep, be sure to make it loose, like 2 or 3 inches lose, since you’ll have it pulled back for the whole night - which is when your body heals while you rest.



2 - Your sunscreen and makeup are causing hair loss/hair thinning

There have been quite a few studies on how the usage of some ingredients that make sunscreen and makeup stay on your skin, can be irritating and difficult to wash off, blocking the hair follicles from essentially “breathing” and cleansing themselves by producing sebum (natural oils that protect your skin). This type of hair loss is called Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia - or FFA - and there have been SO MANY studies on the correlation of sunscreen, cosmetic products and hair loss or thinning.


woman with makeup and hair thinning or hair loss on the forehead
Wearing makeup + sunscreen close to the hairline can prevent follicles from growing hair.

What can you do?

Avoid sunscreen in these areas and instead wear a UV protectant hat to protect your face and scalp from the sun to avoid burning. Skip sunscreen and makeup from going anywhere near these delicate areas (shown with the dotted lines, above). You can still apply them delicately on your face, just gently blend NEAR these areas but not ON them.


3 - You’re not washing your face all the way up into your hairline

If you’re wearing makeup, sunscreen, sweating (which is one of the normal ways for your body to detox), then not cleansing it off your hairline can cause issues.