For a pimple-free skin, it is important to understand what causes pimples. They cannot be your fault all the time. Contrary to the popular belief, these pimples or zits are not always caused by external factors such as food, skin care regimen or exercises. They are caused by a combination of physiological factors as well. They also develop far beneath the skin’s surface that is beyond our control.

The forehead is the worst of places to get a pimple right after our chubby cheeks. People with bangs have a wonderful way of hiding them, unlike the rest. But how long can we hide it? This article is going to be exclusively about pimples on the forehead. Though I will cover their overall causes and remedies for pimples, I will be paying a little bit special attention to their causes.

Pimples On Forehead

How To Cure Pimples On Forehead:

When I had small pimples on the forehead, I never paid attention to it. I continued using my normal face wash and they were gone in a couple of days. That’s it. I was never interested to know more about them and I never knew that the forehead pimples are NOT the normal ones that occur due to excess oil production and hormonal factors. Regular appearance of the zits prompted me to do a mini-research on why I got regular pimples on the forehead unlike the other places.  Before moving on to the main article, I would like to show this image to you all which is an acne-face map. This method was used in the ancient Chinese medicinal practice to map the external abnormalities to their actual internal root cause. They believed that the external abnormalities were actually triggered by internal factors and depicted them in this map.

treatment for pimples on forehead

Now you must be wondering what causes pimples, right? As you can see in the image above, according to Chinese medicine, forehead acne is related to digestive disorders. But there are also other causes that trigger forehead acne. Some of them are mentioned below:

1. Clogged Pores:

The main and universal cause of acne! As the forehead lies in the T-Zone, which is known for its excess oil production quality, the pores tends to get clogged, leading to acne. Clogged pores can easily be dealt with a good CTM (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising) routine, with a monthly session with the steamer. Please don’t overdo the steaming session, however relaxing or effective it is, as excessive steaming is not advisable for acne-prone skin.

2. Dandruff In Hair:

Dandruff in the hair can trigger acne in the forehead. Try to get rid of the dandruff using a good anti-dandruff shampoo. Your acne will vanish like magic.

3. Oily Scalp:

If you have an oily scalp, the oil tends to seep in and results in clogged pores and acne on your forehead. Make sure you wash your hair on alternate days to ensure an oil-free scalp.

4. Certain Medications:

Certain medications like birth control pills have a tendency to trigger forehead acne in certain people. Consult/question your doctor every time he prescribes you any medication relating to hormonal issues.

5. Digestive Problems:

Digestive problem is probably the main cause of forehead acne, if you do not have the issues mentioned above. It needs to be tackled with a balanced diet. Drink lots of water and include green, leafy vegetables and fruits in your diet. Avoid fried foods and artificial tasters and almost anything that disrupts your tummy’s happiness. Exercising regularly helps too.

6. Excess Stress:

Stress is one thing that has to contribute to most of our illnesses in some way or the other. So, beat it by having a healthy lifestyle. Yoga and meditation help in reducing stress to a great extent. No time for yoga? Indulge yourself in a relaxing spa for an instant stress release. However hard you work, taking some “me” time definitely has its own merits, right?

causes of pimples in teenagers


7. Certain Hair Products:

Certain hair styling products like hair spray, heat protectant, serum etc have a tendency to trigger acne when they come into contact with your forehead. Ladies with bangs, beware!

8. Over Exfoliating:

There is an ancient south Indian proverb that says “if used excessively, even elixir will transform into poison”. Though exfoliating helps in removing the dead cells and keeping the skin fresh, overdoing it could result in skin irritation and acne. Exfoliation is best when not done more than twice a week.

9. Wearing Helmets And Caps:

If you are someone who drives two-wheelers, then a helmet becomes the most important need. And, we cannot clean our helmets like makeup brushes once in two days to keep them dirt-free. Hence, it is always advisable to cover your head and forehead with a clean cotton cloth or a dupatta before wearing a helmet so that your precious forehead is kept away from dirt and possible acne break out. Forgoing a helmet is highly dangerous.

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10. Hormonal Causes And Other Genetic Factors:

The final and most difficult to deal with are the hormonal and genetic factors. One of my friends used to get acne on her forehead every time before her periods. Though such factors are difficult to eradicate, especially if you are in your teen years or expecting to start a family, they could surely be treated by proper medication.

The Best Remedies To Reduce Pimples On Forehead:

Here are a few tested remedies that will help reduce the acne and pimples on the forehead, irrespective of the cause:

1. Clay Mask With Tea Tree/Lavender Oil:

Make a thin clay mask with water. Add tea tree oil or lavender oil for a boost, and apply the mask on your forehead. Leave the mask on overnight and rinse it off when you wake up. Remember to throw a towel onto your pillow before you sleep. This simple mask can combat the most beastly pimples in just a day, and leave behind a fresh and supple skin that will win you compliments.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar:

If you can lay your hands on a pack of apple cider vinegar, you have got yourself the perfect remedy for pimples on the head or scalp. You need to swab a bit of the apple cider vinegar once or twice a day onto the affected area. This works best on a single beastly zit or blemish. Remember, it is best not to rinse the apple cider vinegar, unless you really feel you should.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Pimples ]

3. Lemon Juice:

Dab a few drops of lemon on the zits and leave it on overnight. This comes as no surprise to many! One of the most commonly tried and tested pimple cures is the good old lemon. It is best to use lemon on the pimples at night, and avoid stepping out in the sun if you have to use it during the day. Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive and can cause many more blemishes or sun damage.

Watch this video to learn how lemon juice helps to get rid of pimples:-

3 Simple Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pimples On Forehead

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4. Mustard Powder With Honey:

Slather some mustard powder mixed with honey onto the zits. Mustard contains natural salicylic acid that is an active ingredient in most over-the-counter pimple medications. While you can use bottled mustard, it is best to make your own mustard pack by grinding together mustard and honey. Leave this pack on the zits for 15 minutes and wash off. Mustard is also rich in Vitamin C, zinc, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that will surely leave your skin glowing!

5. Tomato Mask:

Do you love eating tomatoes in your salad? If you are someone who can die for a slice of tomato with a meal, you would be delighted to know that tomato masks can combat acne as well as acne scars. How wonderful is that? If you wake up one morning to see an unsightly eruption or two and have a tomato handy, simply cut it and rub it onto your forehead twice a day. Rich in antioxidants, the tomato juice will miraculously heal acne. Bear in mind that excessive use can cause dryness, so dilute the juice if you wish to use it more than twice a day.

6. Essential Oil Bath:

Who doesn’t love to relax in a bath of lavender oil? Essential oils such as lavender oil can address acne while leaving your skin fresh and rejuvenated. Dab a bit of the oil onto the zits, and they will slowly diminish.

[ Read: Dermaroller For Acne Scars ]

7.  Eggs:

Though this is not one of my favourites, this home remedy is, yet, my official recommendation. Eggs! You heard it right! Don’t turn up your nose on this one! As yucky as they may sound, smell and feel on the skin, eggs can indeed help alleviate symptoms of acne. After making a delicious omelette for breakfast, swipe your hand inside the egg shell and pick up some of the white gooey stuff, and dab it on your forehead. Leave this for as long as you like or can tolerate!

[ Read: Green Tea Helps To Reduce Acne]

“P.S.: All the remedies mentioned here should not be substituted for professional medical advice.
Hope you found the article useful.”

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  • Deepakshi

    that was a great tips my sis-in law was fightng with this pimples :) your article help for sure thanks :)

    • Rajalakshmi Murali

      thank u dear :)

  • Swathy Ranjan

    good one

    • Rajalakshmi Murali

      thank u swathy

  • Saara

    its relieved me that !! thanks a ton raji!! one of my friend is mostly effected by this pimples :( looks like your article works on her :)

    • Rajalakshmi Murali

      thank u saara :) hope this helps

  • jassy

    i get red marks on my face after usnig multani mitti…wat could be the reason?

    • Rajalakshmi Murali

      Hi Jassy, If you have dry skin, multani mitti dries it out even further and causes redness, peeling of skin and other sensitivity related problems. i have dry skin and even though i get acne, i try to stay away from tea tree oil and multani mitti :)

  • User

    I have to say forehead spots are the worse.

  • audrey

    that’s really hepful, i always tough i had a bad digestion ( i eat really fast and sometimes bad food ( junk food, cupcakes…) now i know what to do
    thank you

  • Rude doll

    Helo rajalakshmi. I m 18 n I didn’t even know that my skin can hv acne too since last nite. (I have normal skin) But today while dressing myself in front of my clg saw a big pimple on my forhead and that ws so frightning. The worst part, its my fairwell party on 13. Wt to do? Plz help. N yes, I ride my scooter daily to the clg wearing a helmet. I wear a scarf too. Still it came out of nowhere. I need to clean it up asap. M waiting 4 ur answer.

  • pimple spot

    I am 15 year old boy who has got serious pimple marks on the forehead. i am fed up of the marks as everybody asks what has happen on my face. Those bloody people don’t know that they are just spots. will these methods work for me to? please reply and tell the quickest way to remove this scars.

    • StyleCraze

      Hi, one of the quickest way to get rid of pimples from forehead is using lemon juice on the forehead. If you use it regularly, it will significantly diminish the forehead acne trouble. Another remedy is coriander juice mix along with turmeric powder or mint juice should be used upon the forehead pimples, as well as keep it overnight.
      Hope you try these remedies and do share your experience with us !

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Pavani, to get rid of pimples from your forehead, you can apply Clay Mask, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice or Tomato Mask, as mentioned above in the article. Apart from these remedies it is important to keep your scalp clean and non-oily. Always try to remain stress free by practicing yoga or some sort of physical activity.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Sakshi, first and foremost thing to do is to select right hair care products and tackle dandruff. Dandruff may cause acne on cheeks, back and shoulders too. The remedy you can try to combat dandruff is the application of coconut oil and lemon juice. Take some coconut oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it. Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes. Wash your hair after at least 20 minutes. Follow this remedy two to three times a week. After shampooing, rinse your hair in the end with apple cidar vinegar. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix an equal amount of water and 15-20 drops of tea tree oil in it. Apply it onto your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after a few minutes. Once your dandruff gets cleared, the cause of further acne occurrence will fade away too. For an oily skin like your apply multani mitti, rose water and neem paste face pack. This face pack will help to clean your skin and tackle pimples.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Harsh, to get rid of pimples from your forehead, you need to understand the cause of the problem. Pimples on the forehead can be caused because of dandruff, oily skin, digestive problem, stress etc. You can try lemon juice remedy where you need to dab a few drops of lemon on the zits and leave it on overnight. It is best to use lemon on the pimples at night, and avoid stepping out in the sun if you have to use it during the day. Also use the right hair care products, that do not cause any skin irritation.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Nik, pimple or acne is one of the many side effects from steroids. Acne occurs from the usage of steroids because the sebaceous glands on the skin secrete more oils due to the increase of androgen levels in the body from the steroids. There are few ways to reduce acne:
    1. Keep your body clean by washing your skin at least one to two times a day with a cleanser such as soap.
    2. Use skincare and cosmetic products on your skin that contain no extra oils and look for products that are water based.
    3. Eat a low glycemic diet that contains low amount of sugars to help keep your blood sugar levels low.
    4. Speak with your doctor or dermatologist about taking oral antibiotics for moderate to severe cases of acne.
    Most importantly do not take steroids unless they are prescribed to you by a doctor.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Jeon, it is very common for pimples to occur during teens due to hormonal changes. First and foremost step is to stop popping your pimples as doing so will spread the bacteria and lead to scarring. Also do not always cover your forehead with the oil, dandruff or dust stuck to your hair will irritate your skin and develop pimples. Always keep your skin and scalp clean and free of dirt and oil. Consume a healthy diet and stay away from junk food. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin every night before going to bed will help in a long run to keep your skin glowing and pimple free.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Deniz, pimples on forehead can occur due to various reasons like oily scalp, dandruff, hair products that you use, stress, hormonal imbalance, incorrect diet. One of the home remedies that you can try to get rid of forehead pimples are:
    Clay Mask with Tea Tree/Lavender Oil: Make a thin clay mask with water. Add tea tree oil or lavender oil for a boost, and apply the mask on your forehead. Leave the mask on overnight and rinse it off when you wake up. Remember to throw a towel onto your pillow before you sleep!
    While following this remedy, also remember to get good sleep, avoid junk food, exercise and keep stress away ! Try them and do share your experience with us.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Lakshmi, there are few simple remedies that you can try to get rid of your marks.
    1. Lemon is a natural bleach. Vitamin C in lemon helps in rebuilding collagen. When you use lime juice on your acne scars, the spots get lighter day by day. Take a fresh lemon and squeeze out its juice. Apply this juice directly on your scars with finger tips or a cotton ball, leave it for ten minutes and wash it off with water. Do this once a day for two to three weeks during which you can see your scars diminish considerably. If your skin is very sensitive, dilute lemon juice by mixing some rose water and then apply on your scars.
    2. Honey-aspirin mask – put 2-3 aspirins in a few drops of water till they get dissolved into it and form a paste. Add honey to this aspirin-water paste and mix. Apply on your scars and leave for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful !!

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Yodish, yes you can apply lemon juice everyday till the acne or pimple disappears… you can leave the juice on the skin for 10-15 mins or overnight too. Wash this off with cold water.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Lucky, one of the simple and easy way to get rid of pimple on the forehead is by the application of apple cidar vinegar. Swab a bit of the apple cider vinegar once or twice a day onto the affected area. This works best on a single zit or blemish. Remember it is best not to rinse the apple cider vinegar, unless you really feel you should.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Ehsan, the pimples on forehead and chin indicate some digestive disorder and hormonal imbalance. The right diet can help you to improve your health and avoid pimples too. Sometimes oily scalp and dandruff too can play havoc and result in pimples. Always keep your hair and scalp clean. One of the best remedy to get rid of forehead and chin pimples is by applying clay mask with tea tree or lavender oil. Make a thin clay mask with water. Add tea tree oil or lavender oil for a boost, and apply the mask on your forehead and chin. Leave the mask on overnight and rinse it off when you wake up.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Dwight, washing your face with excessive hot water harms the skin of your face rather than doing any good. Face should always be washed with normal or cold to lukewarm water. Main causes of pimples on forehead is due to an oily scalp, dandruff, hormonal imbalance or digestive problem. Apart from trying any remedy, consult a doctor and get a hormones test done. Give importance to your diet.. include fibre – rich food items in your daily diet. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday. Check your hair care products – avoid chemical based products and go for an organic shampoo and conditioner.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Kareena, it would be advisable for you to consult a dermatologist who can assist you or guide you to know the cause of your acne and treat accordingly.