Acne is an inflammatory skin condition triggered by C. acnes bacteria that affects people of all ages. Some people get it all over their face while there are some who get them exclusively on the forehead.
These pimples on the forehead look like small bumps on the skin and may or may not be inflamed. While the common causes behind acne anywhere on the body are the same, forehead acne may be triggered due to some other factors as well.
Causes Of Pimples On The Forehead
- Hormonal imbalance: The most common cause for acne is hormonal issues during and after puberty. Fluctuation in levels of androgen or other hormones leads to overproduction of sebum which clogs pores and causes pimples on the forehead.
- Stress: Increase in the level of cortisol aka the stress hormone can also cause a pimple outbreak on your forehead.
- Oral Medication: Acne is often caused as a side effect of a lot of oral medications that you may take such as steroids, anticonvulsants, etc.
- Hygiene: Not cleansing your hair and face properly or sleeping on dirty pillowcases can clog the pores and lead to acne on the forehead.
- Hair Products: Some hair products like shampoos, conditioners, gels, oils, pomades, or waxes can trigger acne on forehead due to potential pore-clogging ingredients.
- Skin Irritation: Friction from headbands, sleeping on rough pillowcases, or using certain skincare products that are not skin barrier friendly can also cause pimples on the forehead.
- Diet: If your diet consists mainly of high-glycemic index items(like dairy), refined foods or has high amounts of artificial sugar in it, it may as well trigger acne.
11 Ways To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne
Balance Hormone Levels
If you have hormonal acne (other symptoms include irregular periods and hirsutism) switch your lifestyle and food habits to balance them. A visit to your gynecologist will help rule out any potential health concerns like PCOS or thyroid.
Control Oil Secretion
Using natural astringents and linoleic acid-rich oils can help reduce sebum production on your face. Toners help tighten your pore temporarily which controls oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. And replenishing your skin with linoleic acid rich oils will help balance the fatty acid ratio in your skin making it less greasy.
You can also use clay masks 1-2 times a week to reduce oiliness.
Avoid pore-clogging ingredients
Film formers like silicones and certain plant oils like coconut oil found in your hair care products can drip down on your forehead and clog pores. So try to avoid such products in your hair care as well as skincare routine if you have acne-prone skin and a history of clogged pores.
Keep your scalp clean
To avoid pimples on the forehead caused by dead skin and oil buildup from your scalp, keep your scalp clean. Avoid using too many hair styling products and wash your hair at least twice a week with our gentle organic shampoos to prevent scalp buildup. And change your pillowcases frequently too.
Use gentle skincare products
If you have acne on your forehead, avoid coarse scrubs and drying products that may irritate your skin. Instead choose gentle, nourishing products that keep your skin hydrated and happy.
Keep your skin clean
Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser to remove all dirt and sebum twice a day. And exfoliate your skin twice a week to slough away dead skin cells. This will prevent clogged pores and keep your forehead clear.
Make healthy diet choices
Reduce your intake of ready-made, highly processed food and also limit the use of refined oils for cooking. Make sure to include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts in your diet and avoid eating junk food too often.
Use Antimicrobial Ingredients to Fight Forehead Acne
Ingredients like neem, tea tree, rosemary and turmeric have antimicrobial properties that can keep acne-causing bacteria at bay. Using them regularly in your skincare routine will reduce the number of breakouts on your forehead and also help get rid of existing pimples on your forehead faster.
Soothe Your Skin
Inflammation is the key cause behind pimples. So using soothing ingredients like aloe vera, lavender, green tea etc. can help calm the skin.
Consult A Dermatologist
If home remedies and skin products don’t help you get rid of acne on forehead, it may be time to see a dermatologist to get professional advice. Dermatologists can help diagnose the root cause and provide medical advice accordingly.
Oil Your Hair Carefully
Oiling your hair is good practice to nourish your scalp. But don’t saturate the hair with oil as the oil can drip down on your forehead and may clog pores. And wash your face after oiling your hair too to remove any oil that drips down from the scalp.
Juicy Chemistry’s Products To Help Reduce Forehead Acne
- Baobab, Rosemary & Tea Tree Organic Shampoo for Dandruff & Itchy Scalp: Will keep your scalp clean which reduces chances of forehead breakouts
- Hemp, Tea Tree & Neem Organic Face Wash: A nourishing cleanser that removes dirt and controls sebum production.
- Cucumber, Matcha & Spearmint Organic Soap: A traditional cold-pressed soap that cleanses clean and soothes inflammation.
- Australian Tea Tree & Basil Water Toner: Balances ph levels, prevents acne, and tightens skin.
- Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Carrier Oil: A nourishing oil that moisturizes oily and acne-prone skin
- Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil: Moisturizes the skin without clogging pores and helps control acne. Use it as a spot treatment for active acne.
All these products are certified organic by Ecocert France as per Cosmos standards.
Does dandruff cause acne?
Yes, dandruff residue and grease can spread to the forehead and cause acne.
What spot treatments can I use to remove acne on forehead?
Yes, cold-pressed neem oil or diluted tea tree oil can be used as a spot treatment for pimples on forehead.
Does toothpaste remove forehead acne?
We advise against applying toothpaste or other household items on the skin as they may cause skin irritation.
Can I use a scrub on active acne?
No, we would advise against using physical exfoliators on active pimples as it can irritate the skin and spread infection. Scrubs are only to be used as a preventative measure to avoid clogged pores.
Follow these skincare tips to get rid of acne on forehead.