10 Pro Tips To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne

10 Pro Tips To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne

Pimples can form anywhere we have pores, that’s why it can show up anywhere on the body.  No matter where you spot acne, it’s important to treat it properly. 

Sebum, the oil your body naturally produces lubricates and protects your skin. Sebum is produced in tiny oil glands called sebaceous glands. Sebum then gets to the surface of your skin through small holes called pores.

Sometimes pores get clogged with dirt, excess sebum, and dead skin cells. Bacteria then multiply inside, creating swollen bumps, known as pimples.

A number of factors increase oil production and make you more likely to get acne. These factors can include hormones, poor diet, stress, certain medications, lack of exercise, hygiene, and poor sleep.

It Usually Starts With The T-Zone

The terminology “T-zone” is often used when discussing forehead acne due to this area’s unique characteristics and tendency to cause acne concerns. So why is this?

The T-zone is the T-shaped area of the face that includes the forehead and down nose and ends with the chin.  This region is one of the most common places to get acne because of its high oil (sebum) production. Did you know this area has the highest concentration of oil glands in the body!It’s common for people with oily or acne-prone skin to get forehead acne simply because it’s more likely to produce excess sebum (as is true for other parts of the T-zone) due to a larger number of sebaceous glands.

Coupled with common (and naughty!) behaviors like touching your face, using cosmetics with pore-clogging ingredients, and exposing your skin to potentially irritating hair products may all contribute to a higher volume of forehead acne.

Forehead Acne Triggers Could be From Haircare Products

Most hair products will exacerbate your skincare concerns by causing inflammation or introducing thick, oily substances that can clog your pores.

Check out this list of ingredients that cause acne. Ditch any of your hair care products that have these ingredients. If breakouts just recently started happening, what new products have you been using? Stop using them for several weeks and see if your skin clears up! 

• Argan Oil (MoroccanOil)
• Apricot Oil
• Coconut Oil
• Peach Kernel Oil
• Palm Oil
• Hemp Seed Oil
• Sweet Almond Oil
• Grapeseed Oil
• Rosehip Oil
• Cocoa Butter
• Shea Butter
• Cottonseed Oil
• Meadowfoam Seed Oil
• Soybean Oil
• Wheat Germ Oil
• Olive Oil
• Oleic Acid
• Oleyl Alcohol
• Decyl Oleate
• Isodecyl Oleate
• Sorbitan Oleate
• Botanicals
• Algae extract
• Carageenan
• Red Algae
• Isopropyl Myristate
• Isopropyl Palmitate
• Isoparaffin C13-14
• Isopropyl Linoleate
• Isopropyl Lanolate
• Isopropyl Isostearate
• Myristyl Myristate
• Myristyl Propionate
• Myreth 3 Myristate

• Butyl Stearate
• Isostearyl Isostearate
• PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
• Isocetyl Stearate
• Oleyl Alcohol
• Isostearyl Alcohol
• Octyl Dodecanol
• Isocetyl Alcohol
• Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth-20 (in combination)
• Glyceryl-3-diisostearate
• Polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate
• Laureth-4
• Laureth-23
• Steareth-10
• Oleth-3
• PPG 5 ceteth 10 phosphate
• Glyceryl Stearate SE (must have SE)
• Trideceth
• Lauric Acid
• Isostearic Acid
• Cetyl Acetate
• Ethylhexyl Palmitate
• Isopropyl Isostearate
• Isopropyl Linolate
• Isostearyl Isostearate
• Stearyl Heptanoate
• Sodium Chloride

Forehead Acne Could be From Change of Hormones

Hormonal changes can change the amount of oil your skin produces, an interesting phenomenon that directly impacts how easy it is for you to break out!

During puberty for instance, a teenager may begin to produce more oil than they had during childhood and experience a sudden surge in the amount of acne they experience. To help manage hormones successfully, get enough sleep and eat a well balanced diet, as well as get a healthy amount of physical exercise.

No Touching & Picking Your Face

Frequently rubbing, touching, and picking at your face can lead to heightened levels of inflammation in the area, making it more susceptible to breakouts!

Do not pop or pick your forehead acne, and if you tend to put your hand or fingers on your face frequently throughout the day, you may be inadvertently increasing how frequently you break out.

So How Do I Get Rid Of Forehead Acne?

The best way to stop forehead acne in its tracks is to develop a skincare routine that addresses all of the main causes of acne.  It’s also a good idea to identify which triggers may be contributing to your forehead acne so that you can avoid them in the future. (What am I always telling you guys? Find your triggers!!!).  

Also, I can’t recommend enough a consistent skincare routine!  Managing inflammation levels, stabilizing oil production, and killing excessive bacteria are goals that your skincare routine should address if you want to see improvement in your forehead acne.

  1. Style your hair before you apply your makeup, then wash your hands thoroughly to remove all hair products before you touch your face. Some of these products really stick, so you will need to wash your hands twice.
  2. Cover your face before you use hair spray.
  3. Don’t touch your hair and then your face once you’ve applied styling products, since that will just transfer hair product to your skin.
  4. Choose a hairstyle that doesn’t come in contact with your forehead or cheek area. (Sorry to hate on the fringe hairstyle.)
  5. Wash your hair before you go to bed to remove hair products that cause acne.
  6. Pull hair away from your face with a ponytail or bun when you sleep.
  7. Trade out your pillowcase every 2-3 days and avoid sleeping on dirty pillowcases.
  8. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, and use an acne safe laundry detergent.
  9. Use a headband to keep sweat and hair products from running down your face.
  10. Avoid makeup with oil and any of the pore-clogging ingredients

Check Out These Forehead Acne Fighting Products

Medical grade acne serums to kill acne-causing bacteria without drying out or irritating the skin.

iS Clinical Active Serum (1 fl. oz.)

Facereality 11% Mandelic Serum

Check out these products help to decrease bacteria buildup in the follicles allowing the acne to clear.

Facereality Acne Med 5%

Facereality Acne Med 10%

Check out these products to help control oil production

Facereality Acne Wash

Facereality Mandelic Wash

Invest in a sulfur-based spot treatment that can help you manage sebum production. Sulfur absorbs extra oil, and at responsible concentrations, it will not dry out the skin. Avoid picking your forehead acne and use pimple patches instead.

Sulfur Acne Spot Treatment

EZAcne | Acne Patches (36 count)

It Might be Time To Consider Acne Peel Treatments

Peels contain acids that interacts with proteins of the skin to cause exfoliation and can improve the tone and texture of the skin as well as clear acne. Usually, multiple treatments are done every 2-4 weeks. A combination of Peels and a good skincare routine is the best way to fight forehead acne (And other acne!)

All of the products mentioned above work on acne a little differently to help clear the skin. It may take some time but with patience and consistency, these products will work!

I hope you enjoyed these helpful skin tips! If you are someone who struggles with this issue, then try incorporating these tips into your daily routine! 

I look forward to seeing your faces in my treatment room or virtually online soon.

Kelsey Rae – Founder

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