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How to get rid of pimples on forehead with these 8 effective tips

Pimples on forehead, ugh. Whether it's camping out on your chin or making a grand appearance on your forehead, it's undeniably annoying. And let's be real, tackling forehead acne isn't a walk in the park. But, we're here to cut through the noise. Think of Acne Squad as your partner in crime, to resolve these skin woes for you. Let’s talk more in detail about why those bumps appear, help you figure out what type they are, and most importantly, show you how to get rid of them – ASAP. 

What Causes Acne On Forehead?  

Wondering what’s the reason for pimples on forehead? While dirt, excess sebum production etc. can lead forehead acne, there are other factors as well that take a toll on your skin. Check it out.

  • Excess Oil Production:

    Your skin's natural oils are like the fuel for acne, and sometimes, the production goes into overdrive. The forehead's ample oil glands make it a prime target for acne breakouts.
  • Hair Accessories:

    Do you sport hats, helmets, or anything else that touches your forehead frequently? These items can trap sweat and oil, providing the perfect conditions for acne to flourish. 
  • Stress And Acne:

    Stress can also influence your skin. Stress hormones can trigger excess oil production, which in turn can contribute to forehead acne. 
  • Diet:

    Bacteria on your skin can join the acne equation, inflaming pores and igniting those telltale bumps. 
  • Hygiene:

    Sometimes, inadequate cleansing can contribute to acne buildup. Failing to wash your face or hair regularly can tip the scales in favour of acne. 

What Are The Different Types of Forehead Acne?

For an effective skincare routine, you need to understand the different kinds of forehead acne that exist. The following ones are the most common acne types that you might notice on your forehead.

  • Comedones (Blackheads and Whiteheads):

    Everyday acne, where blackheads darken and whiteheads stay closed. 
  • Papules:

    Small, red, raised bumps indicating underlying inflammation.
  • Pustules:

    Papules with a white top, filled with pus, oil, and dead skin cells. 
  • Nodules:

    Deeper, painful bumps lurking beneath the skin's surface. 
  • Cysts:

    Heavyweights of acne, large, painful, pus-filled lumps needing careful handling. 

How To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne

Navigating the realm of forehead acne is no small feat! With these tips though, you will now be able to treat forehead acne effectively.  

1. Gentle Cleansing:

The foundation of any skincare regimen is proper cleansing. Use a mild, sulfate-free cleanser to wash your face twice daily – once in the morning and once before bed. Gently massage the cleanser onto your forehead and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel – no aggressive scrubbing allowed. Acne Squad's Kick-Start Cleanser has a dynamic blend of Salicylic Acid and Thymol. This powerhouse duo gently cleanses and tackles acne, paving the way for a refreshed and blemish-free skin. 

Acne Squad Face Wash With Salicylic Acid & Thymol T Essence

2. Exfoliate Regularly

Don't forget the power of exfoliation. Integrate a gentle exfoliant into your routine, like one containing salicylic acid, to help remove dead skin cells and prevent pore congestion.

Meet your skin's new BFF – The X-Foliating Scrub from Acne Squad. Packed with salicylic acid and gentle walnut powder, this one will elevate your skincare routine in no time.  

Acne Squad Exfoliating Scrub with Salicylic Acid

3. Tress-Taming Techniques 

If you're a fan of bangs or have hair touching your forehead, it's time for tress-taming tactics. Hair products can transfer onto your skin, leading to breakouts. Keep hair away from your face and consider hairstyles that minimise forehead contact.

4. Keep Your Hands Away

Resist the urge to touch or pop pimples on your forehead. Touching acne can worsen inflammation, spread bacteria, and lead to scarring. Keep your hands away from your face, ensuring they're clean when you do engage. 

5. Change Your Pillowcase

Upgrade your skincare routine with a simple yet impactful step: change your pillowcase regularly. Each night, your pillowcase collects oils, sweat, and residue that can contribute to pimples on forehead. By switching it out every few days, you create a cleaner surface for your skin to rest on, reducing the transfer of pore-clogging agents. This easy adjustment can make a noticeable difference in your fight against acne, giving your skin a fresh start each night. 

6. Moisturise Your Skin

Moisturising your forehead is a crucial step in managing and preventing acne. Despite concerns about adding moisture to acne-prone skin, the right moisturiser can actually help balance oil production and maintain the skin's barrier function. When the skin lacks proper hydration, it can overcompensate by producing more oil, potentially exacerbating acne. Opt for a lightweight like our Multi-Tasker Moisturiser + Sunscreen 

Thanks to ingredients like Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E, this one offers UV protection for your skin, controls excess sebum production and also hydrates your skin.  

Acne Squad Multi-Tasker Moisturiser + Sunscreen

7. Spot Treatment

When it comes to tackling those pesky pimples on your forehead, spot treatment becomes your trusty sidekick. By applying targeted treatments to individual pimples, you can accelerate their healing process and reduce their appearance gradually. 

Our Breakout Terminator Spot Corrector enriched with salicylic acid and zinc, is a powerful ally in this fight. This targeted solution from Acne Squad works to penetrate and unclog pores, swiftly minimising the appearance of blemishes.  

Acne Squad Breakout Terminator Spot Corrector

8. Prioritise Makeup Removal for Clearer Forehead

One of the cardinal rules in skincare, especially when dealing with forehead acne, is to remove your makeup before hitting the pillow. Leaving makeup on overnight can clog your pores, trap dirt and bacteria, and lead to breakouts. Your skin rejuvenates itself during sleep, and if it's covered in makeup, this natural process can be hindered. So, whether it's a full face or just a touch of makeup, take the time to cleanse your face thoroughly before bedtime. 

Frequently Asked Questions On Forehead Acne:

Q:1. Can moisturising worsen my forehead acne? 

A. While it might seem counterintuitive, moisturising is actually important for managing acne-prone skin. Using a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser can help balance oil production and prevent your skin from overcompensating with excess oil, which can lead to more breakouts.

Q:2. Can my hair products contribute to forehead acne?

A. Absolutely. Hair products, especially those with heavy or pore-clogging ingredients, can transfer onto your forehead and lead to breakouts. To minimise this risk, keep your hair away from your face and opt for products labeled as non-comedogenic or oil-free.

Q:3. Are in-office treatments effective for treating stubborn forehead acne? 

A. Definitely. In-office treatments, led by dermatologists, offer potent solutions for persistent forehead acne. Techniques like chemical peels, laser therapy, and microdermabrasion directly target acne triggers and promote skin renewal.

Written by Needhi Dhoker on Oct 11, 2023
Fashion & beauty fanatic. Tea or coffee dilemmas. John Mayer vibes. Spilling words and swooning over skincare.

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