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It's Acne Awareness Month!

It's Acne Awareness Month!

There’s so much to love about June… From the warmer weather to the school year coming to a close, this might be one of our favorite months. The fact that June is Acne Awareness Month might have something to do with it, too—so let’s get the conversation started! 

Harvard-trained dermatologist Dr. Iris Rubin developed SEEN after experiencing breakouts whenever she went to the salon—and traced them back to a surprising cause: The haircare products that were used. After several years of testing, she finally created the perfect formulas that provided all the benefits of prestige haircare without clogging pores or irritating the skin. SEEN helps all skin types play it safe by eliminating many common haircare ingredients that can contribute to acne and irritation—and by including other ingredients that can have a positive effect on both the hair and skin.

SEEN is driven by science, and when it comes to acne there are a few facts that Dr. Rubin wants everyone to know.

Acne can be caused by haircare products. SEEN performed a study that was published in a peer-reviewed dermatology journal that showed rinse-off and leave-in haircare products can leave a residue that can remain on the skin for hours. This can pose an issue for acne-prone skin, especially when using haircare products that contain pore-clogging ingredients. Based on these residue study findings, SEEN performed a dedicated dermatologist-led clinical study that showed 70% with body acne improved and 52% with face acne improved just by switching to non-comedogenic and non-medicated SEEN Shampoo and Conditioner for eight weeks.[1]

Haircare can lead to body acne, too… Breakouts aren’t always limited to the face, and the back, shoulders, chest, and even buttocks can be common problem spots as well. Regardless of location, acne forms when pores become clogged with dead skin cells and oil—and your haircare products may have something to do with it. If they are formulated with pore-clogging ingredients, most of your skin comes in contact with them as you rinse your shampoo and conditioner in the shower (and gives them a chance to make their way into the pores). Leave-in products can also transfer from your hair to the skin, or your hair to a pillow or towel that then comes in contact with the skin.

There’s more to acne than its effect on the appearance of your skin. How about the impact acne has on your actual life? Many of those who experience chronic acne say their lives would be different if they had less acne—and it’s not uncommon to skip dates, get-togethers with friends, and even job interviews because of a breakout. Many acne sufferers also say they experience insecurity and negative feelings about themselves because of acne flare-ups, in addition to steering clear of social media “photo ops” and missing out on significant life events. 

Haircare that's safe for acne-prone skin should be part of your anti-acne skincare routine. Our products are also proven to deliver stronger, smoother, healthier-looking hair without compromising the health of skin! In addition to the benefits SEEN Shampoo and Conditioner have for acne-prone skin, using these products as a regimen also reduces frizz by 57%[2] and reduces breakage by up to 59%[3].

In celebration of Acne Awareness Month, get a FREE box of UNSEEN Pimple Patches on orders of $75+! Even if you are committed to a comprehensive hair and skincare regimen that’s safe for acne-prone skin, zits happen! A gentle, non-irritating way to target blemishes, these patches have hydrocolloid gel to absorb the “gunk” plus a plant-based alternative to retinol called bakuchiol. They also provide a discreet protective barrier and they are safe for sensitive skin.

[1] In a dermatologist-graded clinical study, 27 subjects with mild to moderate acne used SEEN shampoo and conditioner as a regimen for 8 weeks. SEEN is non-medicated and can help those for whom hair products are contributing to acne.
[2] 8 hair tresses, compared to control washed with SLES
[3] Repeated grooming study with 10 bleached hair tresses, compared to control