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How To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne + Causes And Prevention Tips

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How To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne + Causes And Prevention Tips December 11, 2018

Dealing with acne can be frustrating. And nothing can be more frustrating than dealing with forehead acne. It is not only difficult to conceal, but it also ruins your makeup. Are you tired of covering the reddish bumps on your forehead under layers of foundation? What if you can bring this situation under control with the help of some ingredients found in your kitchen cabinet? This post includes seven amazing home remedies that can help you get rid of forehead acne soon. Keep reading to know more about treating and preventing forehead acne.

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What Causes Pimples On The Forehead?

Almost all types of acne are caused by clogged skin pores. The same holds true for forehead acne.
It is mainly caused due to the clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands). Too much sebum, dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria can cause your sebaceous glands to clog, thus triggering acne.

Some factors that increase your risk of developing acne include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications like steroids, barbiturates, etc.
  • Stress
  • Poor hygiene – Not washing your face and/or hair regularly.
  • Certain hair products like gels, oils, and waxes
  • Comedogenic cosmetics
  • Frequently touching the affected area

All of the above can trigger forehead acne.

Don’t worry – as there are a few tried and tested home remedies that can give you the clear skin you have always dreamt of.

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How To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne Naturally

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Tea Tree Oil
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. Lemon Or Lime Juice
  5. Green Tea Extract
  6. Honey
  7. Tomato

Home Remedies To Treat Pimples On The Forehead

1. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

Aloe vera gel (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Dab a little aloe vera gel on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Aloe vera contains active components that possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in treating forehead acne (1).

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2. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil or any other carrier oil
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and dip a cotton swab in the mixture.
  3. Apply the swab to the affected areas.
  4. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and can aid faster healing of forehead acne. Its antibacterial nature can also fight the acne-causing bacteria (2).

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3. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar with three tablespoons of water.
  2. Apply the mixture to a freshly cleansed face with a cotton ball.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily or every alternate day.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar exhibits powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities (3). These activities can help kill the acne-causing bacteria and aid healing.

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4. Lemon Or Lime Juice

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons of water
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with two to three teaspoons of water.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it all over your face.
  3. Wash your face after 20-30 minutes.
  4. You can also drink a glass of fresh lime juice daily.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply it once every alternate day.

Why This Works

Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial nature, vitamin C – whether it is topically applied or consumed – works wonderfully against acne (4).

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5. Green Tea Extract

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You Will Need

Used green tea bags

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a couple of used green tea bags and refrigerate them.
  2. Place the cold tea bags on your forehead.
  3. Remove and rinse your face with water after 20-30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory nature of green tea polyphenols and their ability to reduce sebum production can help in combating acne (5).

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6. Honey

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You Will Need

Raw honey (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a small amount of raw honey and apply it to your forehead.
  2. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

Why This Works

Honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help in fighting acne (6).

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7. Tomato

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You Will Need

½ tomato

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut a tomato in half.
  2. Gently rub one half of the tomato all over your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

Why This Works

Tomatoes are anti-inflammatory and rich in vitamin C. As we are aware, the topical application of vitamin C is great for reducing acne (4).

While these remedies are quite effective, if you are suffering from severe acne, it is better to avail medical treatment after consulting a dermatologist.

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Forehead Acne Medical Treatments

Some of the most availed treatment options for acne include:

  • Over-the-counter medications like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinol, and resorcinol.
  • Prescription medications like corticosteroids, antibiotics, antimicrobials, retinoids, and combined contraceptives.

Nowadays, there are many treatments available to get rid of acne scarring as well – such as laser treatments and dermabrasion. However, the results of these treatments vary according to the extent of damage to the skin.

Once you have managed to get rid of the forehead acne using a combination of the above remedies and/or medical treatments, you should try and prevent their recurrence. Listed below are some tips that can help.

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Tips To Prevent Forehead Acne

  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser twice daily.
  • Avoid wearing tight hats, helmets, or clothing that can trigger forehead acne.
  • Do not use harsh skin care products.
  • Use only non-comedogenic/acnegenic makeup.
  • Scrub your face one to two times a week.
  • Remove all makeup before you go to bed.
  • Shower soon after strenuous physical activities.
  • Wash your hair regularly.
  • Avoid being exposed to the sun for long periods.

Forehead acne is easy to treat and prevent if you follow a good skin care routine. Availing appropriate treatment and using these remedies can work wonders in helping you get rid of forehead acne.

Do you know of any remedies that have helped you combat pimples on the forehead? Tell us about them in the comments section below.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does it take to get rid of a forehead pimple?

Acne usually takes 4-5 days to appear and another 4-5 days to go away completely. However, availing treatment can help in speeding up the healing.

Is it safe to pop a pimple on your forehead?

You should never pop a pimple on your own. Popping pimples doesn’t just increase your risk of developing more pimples in the affected area, but it also puts you at high risk of scarring.

What foods can trigger pimples?

Some common foods that are associated with triggering acne are sugar, dairy, peanut butter, whey protein, spicy foods, and fast foods.

How can I stop getting pimples on my face?

Following the prevention tips diligently is a great way to stop getting pimples on the face.

Does toothpaste get rid of pimples?

Toothpaste contains ingredients like baking soda that can help the pimples to dry up faster.

How can I stop hormonal acne?

Hormonal acne can be treated with oral contraceptives and anti-androgen drugs. Mild cases of hormonal acne can be treated with topical retinoids.

References

  1. ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW“ Indian Journal of Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine
  2. Tea tree oil gel for mild to moderate acne; a 12 week uncontrolled, open-label phase II pilot study” Australasian Journal Of Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine
  3. Antimicrobial activity of apple cider vinegar against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans; downregulating cytokine and microbial protein expression” Scientific Reports, US National Library of Medicine
  4. Vitamin C in dermatology” Indian Dermatology Online Journal, US National Library of Medicine
  5. Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris” Antioxidants, US National Library of Medicine
  6. Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity” Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, US National Library of Medicine

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