My hair usually looks fine, but around 16 hours after I shower it get greasy, and that doesn't look good around 9-10 pm. My forehead is also covered with a patch of acne. How do I fix these problems?
top of my non doctor head, speaking from experience and anecdotes...
You're probably either particularly greasy and therefore can do absolutely nothing..
Or maybe you wash your hair too much.
Everytime you wash your hair (or your skin for that matter) you're stripping off some protective layers and grease.
Your body will respond by producing more.
Sometimes its good to skips showers, or skip soap and scrubbing.
Or you eat too much bacon.
Or its none of the above.
I used to shower every other day and these problems would appear. Starting this August I showered every day (with a few exceptions) and my hair is still greasy and I still have acne.
Try not shampooing it as often. Go with shampoo one day and conditioner the next. Conditioner will still pick up any debris in your hair and it smells nice enough. It just won't be as effective at stripping the oils off of your hair and scalp. Maybe that's why your body is overcompensating so much. Hopefully the acne will resolve in time as well, but it wouldn't hurt to blot your face with a clean towel during the day too. Even a paper towel in a bathroom would do.
I tend to find that those are garbage, but the important part here is that they still contain a shampoo. It means you're still applying a detergent to your head every time you shower. Skipping one or even two days at a time in favor of conditioner-only might help. You'll still clean the gunk out of your hair so it won't be dirty or smelly. At worst it'll just look a little flat.
You don't have to cut it out entirely, just limit yourself. You shouldn't have more than one dessert/candy/sugary treat on most days. Same goes for super-greasy foods like french fries, fried chicken, bacon, burgers, etc. You can have it sometimes, you just have to balance it out with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. Balance and portion control are much more important than completely quitting certain foods and binging on others.
Start learning to cook for yourself. It's much cheaper and easier to eat healthy, you'll start feeling 5 times better. Diet is much more important than you think, you don't really realize it until your mid-20s or so, but we're not built to eat that processed shit for every meal. Once you start eating real food, health problems that you thought were just normal will start going away.
Don't go for any extreme diets, if you try to deprive yourself completely of the stuff that you like, you'll just end up relapsing and binging and giving up completely. But once you adjust to other foods you'll find that you don't even really want that stuff all that often.
The first and easiest step, if you don't already do this, is to start drinking lots of water instead of sodas or juices or whatever. That's where a lot of people really overdose on sugar and could easily be the source of your greasy skin if you drink a lot of that stuff
Human skin is naturally oily. Don't touch your face unless you have to.
I used to have a bit of acne on my chest and Clearasil took care of it. I still use it from time to time, but I really do feel it worked for me. I would also recommend staying away from really greasy foods, eat baked stuff instead of fried foods.
Best of luck to you fellow acne bro.
>keep showering daily
>less shampoo, think of using no more than the size of a quarter
>if that doesn't help, every other day
>rinse off during the afternoon/evening
>wash your face
>don't touch your face unless it's necessary
>fresh towels on your pillowcase daily
>fresh towels on your pillow case daily
This. And change your sheets every two or three weeks.
Also consider the following:
I still eat quite a bit of sugary foods myself, but after starting to do both these thingsmy acne has begun to fade away.
sweep your hair to the side or side and upwards. try to get some natural/organic shampoo or whatever, something that doesnt dry out your hair too much. eventually your scalp's oil production should normalize. i'm not saying you're not gonna be oily/greasy, some people are just naturally greasy. but, if you dry out your scalp with harsh shampoos and very hot water, there is a chance you can become less greasy.
There's a dry powder shampoo - it looks like talcum powder. You dust it into your hair and then comb/brush it out. Carry a can, go into a bathroom early in the evening, and use it to degrease your hair
The acne can be cured through many things:
a more varied and thus healthier diet (fruit & veggis for you americans, eat them !), a shorter time between showers (1-2 days should be the norm) and keeping clean the clothes & places where you sleep.
Also, acne will go away when you leave puberty, but that might take its sweet time. Go see a doctor, it certainly helped me.
About the hair: If its ok for 16 hours, what is the problem?? do you shower at 5 in the morning or what? Why not shower before going out for the night?