Best Shampoo for Acne Prone Skin | 3 Tips

THE BEST SHAMPOO FOR acne prone skin will be silicone and sulfate-free and mostly made up of organic ingredients.  It’s hard to believe that something as trivial as a shampoo or conditioner can be a factor in your fight against acne!

But first…..

Pomade Acne

The Best Shampoo for Acne Prone Skin
The shampoo that I use to discourage acne flare ups.

Pomade Acne is title given to acne caused by hair products.  No joke.  I never considered my shampoo even contributing to my acne, let alone possibly being the SOLE cause. 

For me though, it wasn’t that easy unfortunately.  I discovered a bunch of other things on how to help acne that I thought needed to be implemented as well.

As most know, acne is caused by blocked pores and the production of the oil Sebum.  Acne can be reduced two ways – inside and out. 

Obviously, changing your shampoo has to do with helping your skin from the outside.  Eating well, fasting, taking antibiotics or vitamins are ways to combat acne from the inside.

When you change your shampoo to one that is friendly to acne prone skin, you stand a better chance of not aggravating your skin or blocking pores.  Ingredients such as olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut butter/oil, lanolin or sulfates are comedogenic, meaning they clog pores. 

There are a lot more so make sure you are aware of them and what they’re in.





1.  Sulfate-free

The MAJOR one is the sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate.  It’s well known as an irritant.  This nasty is used in many soaps and detergents for its foaming properties; hence, making the other ingredients in the product more effective. 

**It’s downsides are plentiful** 

It’s responsible for drying out your hair, aggravating the scalp and skin, contributing to that memorable stinging sensation when you get it in your eye and, best of all, leaving an acne causing residue on your face and in your hair.

If you don’t take heed to anything already mentioned or yet to be, except removing sulfate from shampoo, I’ve done my job.  There are claims that even go as far as to say this sulfate causes cancer but there is actually no real supporting evidence.


2.  Silicone-free

Understanding silicones in shampoos can be tricky.  They are find in many products and you can usually pinpoint a silicone in your shampoo by the last four letters in its name “cone” such as cyclomethicone or dimethiconol The trick though lies in determining whether the silicone in your shampoo is good or bad.

Good or bad silicones are categorized by their water solubility.  For instance, in my shampoo is Dimethicone Copolymer and it is water soluble, a good thing.  It makes sense that you want a water soluble shampoo so residue is not left in your hair or, more importantly, on your FACE.  Others include Lauryl Methicone Copolyol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein aka Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, or a silicone starting with PEG.  Anything else is a silicon you don’t want.


Sulfate and Silicon
This product contains both Silicone (Dimethicone) and Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate).  Not the best shampoo for acne prone skin.


3.  Organic

When it comes to shampoos organic is best.  Organic ingredients usually contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.  When ingredients like these are used not only does it not negatively effect your skin but may even help to improve it.  Things like Aloe Vera, Peppermint, and Green Tea.

The shampoo I use is 100% vegan as well, having no animal by-products.  This isn’t necessarily a benefit to your face or hair but if you rather the lifestyle choice of being vegan than you may want to consider switching.?.?


What is the Best Shampoo for Acne Prone Skin?

Shampoo and Conditioner for AcneThere are many brands that offer the same product.  You may want your most suitable shampoo and conditioner to also help with other things such as dandruff or oily hair.  For me, I needed a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

I’m going to suggest L’Oreal Everstrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner.  It was a factor in my skin clearing up and I still use it to this day.  Knowing that if I do have a flare up, it certainly will not be a matter of my shampoo or conditioner.

Your local supermarket should be more than accommodating, otherwise check out Amazon.  Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or queries, feel free to leave them below.


Additional Benefits

Lets not forget about what shampoo is actually supposed to be doing…….Cleaning and rejunivating your hair.  A shampoo that is sulfate and silicone free and organic is the best way to do that.  A shampoo free from these harsh chemicals will give your long locks the nourishment it may need for looking healthy.

•  More hydrated hair and scalp

•  Less itchiness and dandruff

•  More effective your hair products will be as less residue is left in you hair (not coating your hair, making it impenetrable)

•  Less oily and less dry as your hair is restored to a more natural state




Beautiful Hair ModelIt’s always important that when you are washing your hair that you TILT your head back to get the least amount of product on your skin. 

Even with a sulfate-free shampoo.  The less on your face, the better, you want to keep your skin natural oils as uncontaminated as possible. 

And, really try and get all the product out of your hair, so later it is still not dripping down your face.

This applies to ALL hair products, including waxes and hairspray.  Try not to get any on your forehead or even hair that will be floating down around your face. 

This can be tricky but if you’re serious about helping your skin, you find a way.  Trust me…..  

Also remember to thoroughly wash your hands afterwards and avoid touching your face or hair again.  (Although, you really shouldn’t be touching your face anyway, ever).

I always wash my face and hair first in the shower.  The reason why isn’t a must but it was logical to me.  

Say you do wash your hair properly and you think there couldn’t possibly be any leftover product on your head whatsoever; however, say there is…….

The next minutes you do spend in the shower washing the rest of your body, shaving or brushing your teeth will allow that residue to be gradually removed just by the water.  

May not seem like much but it may stop one spot or pimple from forming, and if so, it’s well worth it, DEFINITELY doesn’t hurt though!




If you like this, here is another article that may be of interest – Best Mud Mask For Acne from an Ancient Sea


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6 thoughts on “Best Shampoo for Acne Prone Skin | 3 Tips”

    1. It should be fine Gabrielle. All the L’Oreal range is catered to leave out the nasties mentioned in this article. However, it’s always safe to check. Great question, thanks for asking!

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