10 Causes Of And Simple Remedies For Pimples On Forehead August 16, 2017

A pimple, no matter where it decides to appear on your face, is not welcome! The forehead is an area where pimples develop often and for a lot of people. This strategic location can make them the first thing that people notice on your face. Nobody wants ‘that’ kind of attention on their forehead. Fret not, we can help! Give this informative article a read to know about the different causes of and also the varied home remedies for forehead pimples.

What Causes Forehead Pimples?

The basic principle behind the formation of a pimple is a clogged skin pore. This clogging can result from dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, grime, and other impurities. All of these together make a wonderful concoction in the pore and provide a suitable environment for bacteria to grow, giving rise to a pimple. (Alas!)

Pimples on the forehead can be triggered due to these causes –

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 tend to get clogged, leading to acne.

2. Dandruff In The Hair

Dandruff can trigger acne on the forehead as it is basically a skin infection. It is caused by fungi that can also irritate the skin on your forehead and cause pimples.

3. Oily Scalp

If you have an oily scalp, the oil can run down and result in clogged pores and acne on your forehead.

4. Certain Medications

Medications like birth control pills tend to trigger forehead acne in certain people. Consult/question your doctor about the medication he has prescribed if this happens.

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5. Digestive Problems

Digestive problems are probably the main cause of forehead acne if you do not have the issues mentioned above. Even according to Chinese medicine, pimples on the forehead are related to digestive issues.

6. Excess Stress

Stress is one factor that contributes to most of our illnesses in some way or the other. It can disrupt the hormonal balance and also the regular oil production of the skin, causing pimples.

7. Certain Hair Products

Hair styling products like hair spray, heat protectant, serum, etc., tend to trigger acne when they come into contact with your forehead.

8. Over Exfoliating

Though exfoliation helps in removing the dead cells and keeping the skin fresh, overdoing it could result in skin irritation and acne. Anything done excessively can do more harm than good to the skin.

9. Wearing Helmets And Caps

If you are someone who drives two-wheelers, then a helmet is a must. However, the inside of the helmet is not easy to clean and very often nobody even pays attention to the fact that it needs to be cleaned. The sweat from your skin can make the helmet a breeding ground for bacteria. These, when they come in contact with your forehead, can cause pimples.

[ Read: How To Get Rid Of Bumps On Face ]

10. Hormonal Causes And Other Genetic Factors

The final and most difficult causes to deal with are the hormonal and genetic factors. Your skin may simply be prone to getting acne. Or, the changes in the hormones seen due to the menstrual cycle or pregnancy can disrupt the normal functioning of the skin. Either way, acne can be caused easily.

If you are a woman with bangs, then hiding that pimple on your forehead is easy-peasy. But even then, you would be at more peace if the pimple was not there at all, right? Here are a few tested remedies that will help reduce the acne on the forehead.

How To Get Rid Of Pimples On The Forehead

  1. Clay Mask With Tea Tree/Lavender Oil
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Lemon Juice
  4. Mustard Powder With Honey
  5. Tomato Mask
  6. Essential Oils
  7. Eggs
  8. Aloe Vera
  9. Green Tea Extract
  10. Glycolic Acid

Best Remedies To Reduce Pimples On The Forehead

1. Clay Mask With Tea Tree/Lavender Oil

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon cosmetic clay powder
  • 1-2 drops tea tree oil OR lavender oil
  • Rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the essential oil to the clay powder and also some rose water.
  2. Mix everything to get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this as a thin layer on the forehead and let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day until the pimple goes away.

Why This Works

This simple mask can combat the most beastly pimples in just a day, and leave behind fresh and supple skin that will win you compliments. The clay powder absorbs all the excess oils as it is a natural astringent (1). The essential oils, both tea tree and lavender, have antimicrobial properties that will kill the acne-causing bacteria (2, 3).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar For Forehead Pimples

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You Will Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton swab or Q-tip

What You Have To Do

  1. Cleanse the forehead skin and pat it dry.
  2. Dip the cotton swab in ACV and apply this only on the pimple.
  3. Leave it on to dry.
  4. You can rinse it off after 20-30 minutes with some water if you like. There is no harm in leaving it on as well, as it has only been applied to the pimple.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

ACV contains mild acids that give it astringent properties. It helps rebalance the skin’s pH levels for all skin types, be it oily skin or dry skin. Once this pH comes back to normal, the excess oil production seen in acne-prone skin goes down. These acids also have bactericidal properties and can eliminate the microorganisms from the pimple site (4).

Note

Use a fresh cotton swab every time.

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3. Lemon Juice For Forehead Pimples

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You Will Need

  • Lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Clean the affected skin and dab a few drops of lemon on it.
  2. Leave this on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply every night before going to bed. Re-apply once again during the day and leave it on for as long as possible.

Why This Works

One of the most commonly tried and tested pimple cures is the good old lemon. Its acidic nature takes care of the bacteria clogging your pores and causing the pimple. It is also an astringent that can regularize the sebum production (5).

Caution

Avoid stepping out in the sun when you use lemon during the day. Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive and can cause many more blemishes and/or sun damage.

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4. Mustard Powder With Honey For Forehead Pimples

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You Will Need

  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a drop or two of honey to the mustard powder to get a paste.
  2. Slather this on the zit and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

Why This Works

Mustard is rich in vitamin C, A, and E, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that will surely leave your skin clean and glowing (6). Honey acts as a humectant and a healing agent (7). While you can use bottled mustard, it is best to make your own mustard pack by grinding together mustard and honey.

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5. Tomato Mask For Forehead Acne

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You Will Need

  • A small tomato

What You Have To Do

  1. Cut a piece of the tomato and rub the pulp side on the forehead.
  2. Let the tomato juice dry for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

You will be delighted to know that tomato masks can combat acne as well as acne scars. Its natural acids dry out the pimple and kill the bacteria. Rich in antioxidants, the tomato juice will also miraculously heal acne scars and skin rashes (8, 9).

Caution

Bear in mind that excessive use of this remedy can cause dryness, so dilute the juice if you wish to use it more than twice a day.

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6. Essential Oils For Forehead Acne

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You Will Need

  • Tea tree oil OR lavender oil OR clary sage oil OR juniper berry oil
  • Q-tip

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a drop or two of the oil on the Q-tip and apply on the pimple on your forehead.
  2. Leave it on overnight.

If you have sensitive skin, dilute one drop of the essential oil with a drop of carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night.

Why This Works

Essential oils such as lavender oil can address acne issues while leaving your skin fresh and rejuvenated. They de-stress the body and mind while exerting antimicrobial effects on the pimple-causing bacteria (10). The other recommended essential oils are also excellent antimicrobial and antiseptic agents and give similar results (11, 12).

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[ Read: Dermaroller For Acne Scars ]

7. Eggs For Forehead Acne

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You Will Need

  • An egg

What You Have To Do

  1. Empty the egg contents from the shell (probably for a delicious omelette).
  2. Swipe a clean finger inside the egg shell and pick up the remnants of the egg white present there.
  3. Dab this on your forehead, on the pimple, and the skin around it.
  4. Let this dry for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Egg white contains certain enzymes that can dry out the pimple and get rid of it easily. It also helps in speeding up the healing process as it promotes rebuilding of skin cells (13).

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8. Aloe Vera For Forehead Pimples

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You Will Need

  • Aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do

  1. Extract some fresh aloe gel from an aloe leaf. If you do not have an aloe plant at home, buy an organic version of the gel from the market.
  2. Dab some of this on the pimple and let it sit for as long as possible.
  3. Leave it on overnight preferably.
  4. Rinse your face as usual in the morning.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night, and if you plan to stay indoors, reapply the gel during the day as well.

Why This Works

Aloe vera’s antimicrobial and skin healing properties can treat the pimple on your forehead. This gel can also tighten the skin pores, thus acting as a prevention for future acne as well (14).

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9. Green Tea Extract For Forehead Acne

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You Will Need

  • Green tea extract

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a drop or two of the extract on the forehead acne and around it.
  2. Leave it on.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat twice a day.

Why This Works

The benefits of green tea are achieved not just when taken internally, but when applied topically as well. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds treat the acne by reducing the swelling and bacterial infection in the skin’s pore. It is also rich in antioxidants that aid the skin healing process and prevent acne scars (15, 16).

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[ Read: Green Tea Helps To Reduce Acne]

10. Glycolic Acid For Forehead Pimples

You Will Need

  • Glycolic acid gel or toner

What You Have To Do

Use the product as recommended by the manufacturer.

How Often You Should Do This

Usually, glycolic acid treatment needs to be repeated twice a day.

Why This Works

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid that is often used to exfoliate the skin. It gets rid of the dead skin cells and other impurities that can clog your pores (17).

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The remedies given above can be used not just for the treatment of forehead pimples but also for any other pimple, especially on the face. Use them as recommended and do not let that annoying zit cause you any more embarrassment.

Here are some pimple treatment and prevention-related questions answered for you.

FAQs

How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of A Pimple?

It can take from just a single day to 3-4 days for the pimple to go away.

Tips To Prevent Forehead Acne

  • Follow the CTM routine religiously. Cleanse your skin to remove any dirt and grime buildup. After this, use a toner to balance the skin’s pH levels and follow it up with a hydrating moisturizer. Use products that are suited for your skin type.
  • Apart from the CTM routine, exfoliate to remove the dead skin cells and prevent the pores from getting blocked. Exfoliation should not be done more than twice a week.
  • 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 you relieve stress and improves the body’s circulatory process. This ensures that fluctuation in hormones due to stress does not cause pimples and that enough nutrients reach the skin’s surface.
  • If you have dandruff, then use an anti-dandruff shampoo to keep the flakes away from your beautiful face.
  • Wash your hair regularly! An oily scalp can result in acne very easily.
  • De-stress yourself with yoga and meditation. No time for yoga? Go for a relaxing spa for instant stress release. However hard you work, taking some “me” time is a must.
  • If you wear a helmet, cover your head and forehead with a scarf before putting the helmet on. This will keep the dirt, accumulated sweat, and bacteria away from your skin.
  • If you have cystic acne, consult a specialist so that you can use the right skin care products and take the right medications to keep it under control.

All the remedies and tips mentioned in this article should not be substituted for professional medical advice. Many times, a prescribed skin care product is required to get your acne under control. For a random pimple here and there, use these remedies liberally and see it vanish in no time.

Hope you found the article useful. Do share your feedback with us in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/deepakshi/ Deepakshi

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

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/voiceofrm/ Rajalakshmi Murali

      thank u dear :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/swathyranjan/ Swathy Ranjan

    good one

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/voiceofrm/ Rajalakshmi Murali

      thank u swathy

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/saara/ 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 :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/voiceofrm/ 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

    hi!
    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.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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 !

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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 hair..as 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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 !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ 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.