The word acne brings back many not-so-good memories for many of us from teenage years when puberty hit us in the worst form and some of us still live with those bumps - and truth be told, it is an everyday struggle. Has it ever happened that you had an important meeting in the morning or a reception to attend the next evening and acne decides to flare up and aggravate? Trust me, you are not alone - scientific studies suggest it is not a mere coincidence either. So, in this article, we will be looking at what causes pimples and acne, specifically on the forehead and how it can be treated. Before we get into those details, let us briefly discuss the types of forehead acne (believe it or not, there are) so you can identify which type they have and act accordingly.
The most common type of acne to appear on forehead is comedones, commonly referred as whiteheads and blackheads. These are small rounded bumps that does not usually leave a scar. This occurs when pores are clogged with dead skin cells. The only difference between whiteheads and blackheads is that the top of whiteheads is closed.
Another major type is inflammatory acne which can either be in the form of pustules, papules, or nodules. Pustules and papules occur when the surrounding skin is damaged, leading to inflammation. Unlike papules, pustules contain puss and have yellowish top but are overall reddish, what we commonly know as pimples. Papules cause the skin around clogged pores to turn pink but does not cause much irritation. Nodules are the aggravated version of the pustules and papules and are much deeper in the skin and cause far more itching and irritation. They don’t necessarily contain puss but are wide in nature.
The third type is cyst which you must have heard of since cyst outbreaks happen regularly to people with forehead acne. They form by a combination of bacteria and sebum which might cause infection. This is the worst type since it is painful and leaves a scar behind.
There may be plenty since each individual’s body works differently but there exist some commonalities within what triggers the pimples outbreaks and forehead acne.
- Hair products: you might not realize but the products you apply on your hair can play a great role as one of the causes of forehead acne since your forehead is just below your hairline and exposed to hair products. Next time you take a bath, make sure your shampoo and/or conditioner is not in contact with your face if your skin is acne prone.
- Hormonal changes: it might be frustrating knowing it's your hormones since you can’t really do anything about it, but make sure it is not a reaction of some medicine you are consuming that you may be allergic to. Otherwise, it could also be excess oil production by your glands that clogged up skin pores. Get in touch with your dermatologist if the situation worsens, just in case.
- Accessories/clothing: this might be new to you but wearing over-the-ear headphones or a cap can even lead to pimples on forehead. Headphones are a common everyday accessory and have become a necessity, so I’d suggest using those wired earphones instead of headphones. As for a cap or a headband, if it causes irritation when it comes into contact with your skin, get rid of those before there are full-fledged pimples.
- Sweat: if you are a gym freak or someone who sweats a lot, keep a towel with you at all times if you don’t want to deal with acne a couple of hours later. Sweating increases oil in the follicles that triggers pimples on face if you don’t immediately wipe your skin or even better, wash your face.
Now, given that the outbreak has already occurred, and your forehead is filled with pimples and acne, there are treatments for that as well, so you don’t need to get too worked up. Dermatologists recommend a couple of skincare products that should help make the acne go away and prevent future outbreaks.
- Exfoliate: for your skin to breathe, it is important that it is cleansed up properly at night after you have applied tons of makeup and other products on it during the day. For that, a good exfoliant will do the work and remove dirt particles from your forehead so it does not clog up your pores. A highly effective exfoliant is Polishing Facial Exfoliant by Grown Alchemist. It is a gentle non-irritating exfoliant that makes your skin dirt-free. It contains polylactic acid which dissolves dry skin cells and helps generate new ones. Pink grapefruit component gives the skin a boost of vitamin C and improves the skin in and out.
- Moisturize: moisturizing can never go wrong (well in most cases) and this something you should make a permanent part of your skincare regime regardless of whether you have acne symptoms or not at the time. Moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and so, your body will automatically start producing lesser oil, leading to less clogged pores. For this, Yonka Soothing Anti-Acne Cream does wonders for your forehead acne. It is especially made for acne-prone skin using plant extracts that purifies your skin and keeps it smooth and soft for longer periods. It is oil-free and noncomedogenic which means your pores remain open.
- Apply Sunscreen: exposure to sun can provoke pimples on forehead since there is an increased amount of sweating which causes inflammation. Look for ingredients when choosing a sunblock: sunscreens rich in minerals do not get absorbed by your skin and clog pores, instead they remain at the top and deflect UV rays. COOLA’s Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion contains these minerals and much more. Its plant-based oleosome technology helps protect the skin from burning and keeps it cool to prevent redness or acne. It provides a very light thin layer of cream on your forehead and has no excessive oils, keeping your skin breathable.
- Apply serum occasionally: even if your skin has temporarily become acne-free, it doesn’t mean you won’t have another breakout anytime soon. It is important that acne problems are resolved at the grassroot level. Suitable serums, if applied consistently over a period of time, will help reduce the number of pimples outbreaks you have in a month. I’d recommend you go for Yonka Emulsion Pure. It helps manage lymphatic circulation which heals your acne and clear up the pores. Given that it's alcohol free, it doesn’t cause itching or dryness much while penetrating down your skin smoothly. The combination of five essential oils in it has toning and antiseptic properties as well that calms your aggravated skin.
Remember to keep your dermatologist in loop to avoid getting allergic reactions to products and make sure you go through the ingredients of the products thoroughly before you apply it. Also, keep a healthy diet and wash our face properly to prevent an outbreak in the first place!