What is Acne Cosmetica ?
The acne that develops from using pomade is called "acne cosmetica" or "pomade acne." It occurs when pomade blocks pores and acne develops on the scalp, forehead and/or temples-places where pomade comes into contact with the skin. Pomade acne usually consists of blackheads and whiteheads, with perhaps a few papules and pustules.A recent survey of acne patients with skin of color revealed that almost half, 46.2%, use pomade (oil or ointment for hair) to style or improve the manageability of their hair and that 70.3% of the patients using pomade developed forehead acne.
Treatment of Acne Cosmetica or Pomade acne
For pomade acne, treatment consists of these options:
If using pomade to decrease scalp dryness, try applying pomade one inch behind the hairline.
If using pomade to style or make hair more manageable, try applying pomade to the ends of the hair only to avoid contact with the scalp and hairline.
Stop using pomade.
Once use of pomade stops, pomade acne should clear. If it persists, be sure to see a dermatologist.