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Forehead Acne

Last reviewed by Dr. Raj MD on January 12th, 2022.

Forehead acne is not a pleasant thing to experience, especially if you are a teenager. So, when it comes to such problems, the first and most important thing that you have to do is identify the exact cause. Once you know the cause, you can take action and remedy it. Apart from that, if you know the cause, you can also pursue the right treatment for the forehead acne.

Causes of Forehead Acne

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These are the most common causes that can lead to the appearance of forehead acne:

  • Clogged pores
    • Main cause of forehead acne (and not only)
    • Forehead – excess production of sebum (T-zone)
    • Oily skin → clogged pores → forehead acne
  • Dandruff
    • One of the common triggers of acne (forehead hairline)
  • Oily scalp
    • Oil buildup → clogged pores → forehead acne
  • Medication
    • Birth control pills → trigger → forehead acne
  • Gastrointestinal problems
    • Digestive problem → negative impact on body balance → forehead acne
  • Prolonged or constant stress
    • Stress → hormonal imbalance → forehead acne
  • Hair products
    • Forehead acne triggers – hair serum, hair spray or heat protectant
    • Especially risky when using them on your bangs (direct contact with the forehead)
  • Excessive exfoliation
    • Exfoliation → positive effect → removal of dead skin cells (fresh appearance)
    • Excessive exfoliation → skin irritation + forehead acne → not more than twice per week (in order to avoid such effects)
  • Wearing accessories (hats, caps etc.)
    • Increased risk for acne breakout at the level of the forehead (+bacterial overgrowth)
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, menstruation)
    • Menstruation → increased risk for forehead acne
    • Puberty → hormonal change → forehead acne.

Treatment for Forehead Acne

These are the treatment measures that can be taken for forehead acne lesions:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
    • Apply a thin layer on the forehead
    • Anti-bacterial effect
    • Should be used between 4 and 6 weeks
    • If the results are not noticeable, the treatment should be continued
  • Lactic/glycolic acid
    • Spot-on treatment
    • Alternative – hydroxyl acid
    • Purpose – dry out the pimples or other acne lesions; also has a peeling effect
    • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Salicylic acid
    • Exfoliating properties
    • Twice per week application
    • Elimination of dead skin cells at the level of the skin
    • Penetrates the hair follicles, prevents the clogging of the pores.

Forehead Acne Natural Remedies

These are the most important natural remedies that can be considered for forehead acne:

  • Clay mask + tea tree/lavender oil
    • Thin clay mask
    • Add tea tree oil or lavender oil
    • Apply the mask directly on the forehead
    • Can be kept overnight and rinsed in the morning with warm water
    • Purpose – fresh and supple skin
  • Apple cider vinegar
    • Use a cotton swab to apply it directly on the forehead
    • Recommended application – 1-2 times/day
    • Useful for both zits and blemishes
    • Can be used with diluted water
    • Should never be used for rinsing the face
  • Lemon juice
    • Freshly-squeezed lemon juice directly applied on the skin
    • Best result left overnight
    • Avoid stepping out in the sun, as the lemon juice increases the sensitivity of the skin (high risk of sun damage)
  • Mustard powder + honey
    • Mustard → natural salicylic acid → active ingredient in acne medication
    • Mustard also rich in vitamin C, zinc and fatty acids → glowing skin
    • Honey → antibacterial properties
  • Tomato mask
    • Tomato → cut → direct application on the forehead
    • High content of antioxidants → positive effect on the acne lesions
    • Not to be used excessively → dryness → best diluted to prevent such problems (no more than twice per day)
  • Essential oil bath
    • Recommended choice – lavender oil
    • Fresh and rejuvenated skin
  • Eggs
    • Recommended – white part of the egg applied directly on the skin
    • Can be maintained on the forehead for a longer period of time
  • Coriander juice
    • Coriander juice + turmeric powder/mint juice
    • Recommended as overnight treatment
    • Quick healing process of forehead acne
  • Wheat grass juice
    • Drink one glass of wheat grass juice per day
    • Keep the forehead acne lesions under control
    • Can also be useful for clearing acne scars
  • Witch hazel
    • Astringent effect on forehead acne
    • Prevention of clogged pores at the level of the forehead
  • Garlic
    • Fresh cut garlic cloves applied directly to the forehead area
  • Milk
    • Milk + freshly-squeezed lime juice
    • Use the mixture to wash your face
    • Wonderful effect on blackheads
    • Hydrates the skin (no more dry and flaky skin)
  • Baking soda
    • Baking soda + water
    • Beneficial effect on enlarged pores, oily skin and blackheads.

Pictures of Forehead Acne

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Self-care measures

These are the self-care measures that can be taken in order to improve the forehead acne:

  • Daily skin care routine
    • Cleanse + tone + moisturize
    • Purpose → keep pores unclogged → avoid forehead acne
    • Oil-based moisturizers should not be used on the forehead
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo
    • No dandruff, no forehead acne
    • Should be used instead of the regular shampoo
  • Well-balanced diet
    • Elimination of digestive problems (triggers of forehead acne)
    • Avoid spicy and fatty food
    • No fast or junk food
    • Diet should include fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Adequate water intake → skin hydrated → no forehead acne
  • Regular physical exercise
    • Daily exercise → healthier and clearer skin
    • Perspiration → unclogged pores → form of detox
    • Clear pores → clear skin → no forehead acne
  • No chemical exfoliating agents
    • Acne → sensitive skin
    • Exfoliating agents → chemical substances → increased irritation at the level of the skin → higher chance of forehead acne
    • Alternative (natural) → sugar and banana scrub → great exfoliating properties
  • Keep your accessories clean
    • Hats and caps → +sweat → bacterial overgrowth → prone to forehead acne
    • Maintain excellent hygiene → no breeding ground for bacteria → no risk of forehead acne
  • Avoid using hair styling agents on your forehead
    • Hair styling agents → irritation + sensitive skin → forehead acne
    • High content of chemicals → front bangs → acne trigger
  • Use products for acne-prone skin
    • Face wash + cleanser + toner + moisturizer (dermatological formula for acne-prone skin)
    • No oil-based products (increased risk for forehead acne)
    • Choose scalp treatments for oily skin (keep the scalp clean, reduce the chance for acne)
  • Eliminate stress
    • Meditation + relaxation + deep breathing
    • Yoga can also be used to keep stress under control.

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