Forehead Acne: Causes And Solutions

Forehead acne
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Forehead acne can be so frustrating, so let’s go through some causes and solutions. Acne and pimples can form all over the body but are most commonly found on the face, the shoulders, back, chest, and upper arms. They occur when sebaceous glands, the ones that produce our natural oils and sebum, get blocked with sebum, grime and dirt throughout the day, dead skin cells and more. Acne occurs when that dirt and bacteria aren’t cleaned off the skin. 

But there are other causes of acne too. Fluctuating hormones during puberty, menstruation and menopause, stress, and poor hygiene can trigger acne. Even though having acne poses no serious health risk, it can cause discomfort and pain. It can open up the area to infection if scratched or bruised. 

Forehead acne is most upsetting to most sufferers as it appears on the front of the face and is difficult to cover. Protecting acne from the sun and harsh weather elements is essential. Using hair and makeup to cover it up can make it worse! 

Hair has natural oils that add to the buildup in the pores and glands. Makeup sometimes has harsh chemicals that can aggravate and inflame the affected areas. 

But what causes forehead acne?

Acne, especially on the face and forehead, can be caused by several factors. The glands in the face can become enflamed by outside factors like bacteria, but stress and internal physiological issues can also cause flares ups on the skin. 


Not cleaning the face and hands properly can create and aggravate acne. We often touch our face, whether fixing ourselves up to meet people, putting on makeup, or rubbing our eyes, but we don’t always check that we have clean hands. Remember, you can see bacteria with the naked eye, so keep a sanitiser in your bag or antibacterial wet wipes at hand so you can wipe your hands or your face when necessary.

Having wipes in your bag can help on summer days when you sweat and your hairline and T-zone [the section of your face that covers your forehead and nose most prone to sweating and oiliness]. Do not overcorrect by constantly washing and wiping your face, though. The natural oils serve the purpose of keeping the skin moist and supple. 

If you suffer from acne due to a buildup of sweat and sebum, look into over-the-counter medicated face wash, and add it to your moringa and nightly cleansing routine. 


Stress can affect your skin. People who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety have been known to suffer from various skin ailments like Hives, psoriasis and acne. 

Stress and acne outbreaks are linked, although there are several theories why that is. Most importantly, our bodies overproduce certain hormones like cortisol in a stressful environment. These hormones stimulate the oil glands, putting them into hyperdrive. The overproduction of oil clogs pores and causes you to break out in acne [not the stress itself].

“Stress acne, unlike your regular breakouts, usually occurs on the oiliest parts of your face—your forehead, nose, and chin areas,” says Shereen Idriss, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist at New York City’s Union Square Laser Dermatology.

Given the increase in oil production, your skin will usually look greasier and slightly more inflamed with a combination of blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps, and pus pimples. A telltale sign that you’re experiencing a stress breakout is that you’ll get several new spots, while hormonal breakouts tend to happen once (unless you’ve introduced a new product). 

Hair products and skin irritation

Sometimes, products we use on our skin and hair can clog the pores and glads and contribute to acne, particularly on the face. Some hair products, such as gels, oils, or waxes, are linked to acne breakouts known as pomade acne – the hair naturally falls on the face and forehead, so there is a definite transfer from hair products to skin. 

Many hair products are oil-based, which may trigger acne in those who are already prone, says BeautyCare – but ingredients such as petroleum, silicone, cocoa butter, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and lanolin can also trigger acne, especially if left on the skin. Many hairsprays are also alcohol-based and can trigger breakouts if accidentally sprayed onto nearby skin. The bumps can be so subtle that you can feel but not see them. Some people develop numerous, closely packed spots that they can see.

Home remedies for acne

Acne can be treated at home. There are loads of stuff in your pantry that can soothe the symptoms of acne like itchiness and hotness on the skin and even lessen the appearance of breakouts. 


Make oatmeal with the usual recipe and let it cool. Apply it to your forehead and T-zone areas where you see acne. Keep the mixture on for around 15 mins – it will dry fairly quickly. Let the oatmeal absorb and remove oil and bacteria while exfoliating dead skin cells at the same time.

Salt exfoliation

Do not do this too often, but salt scrubs are accessible at-home remedies to clean the skin’s surface of any impurities. 

Mix Epsom salt with an oil, such as olive oil or almond oil, to form a loose paste. Gently apply the mixture as an all-over facemask, or use only on acne-prone areas. Work the paste onto your skin delicately, using circular motions, for several minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Overuse can result in microtears on the skin and drying it out, so do once a week. 

Wash the face often

Wash your face daily with a bar of hypoallergenic soap. Remember, cleanliness is step one in curing any acne and related conditions. We want to eliminate extra oil and grime from the skin. Also, using a lot of makeup may clog pores and trigger breakouts. If you do use makeup, make sure it’s non-comedogenic and fragrance-free to prevent skin irritation. Always wash makeup off, especially before bedtime.

Exercise and relax

As cortisol contributes to ance, try to incorporate things that make you feel great! Exercise is a great way to create endorphins, the feel-good hormone – as well as following a proper diet filled with loads of fruit and vegetables and water – loads and loads of water, nature’s purifier. 

See a doctor immediately if your acne gets inflamed or seems infected (is oozing or wet or red and painful).