Let’s start out with a funny story shall we!? I was in high school and I noticed that I was getting a TINY bit of acne on my forehead. So my brother, who is older than me was going through his own acne trials and tribulations and I knew he applied a topical cream provided by the dermatologist. So instead of telling him that I was gonna use his medicine too just for a bit to help it clear up (like a normal person), I decided that I was gonna not tell him. I would sneak into his room at night and rub what I thought was acne medication in and let it set overnight. I all the sudden starting to develop an INSANE amount of bumps and redness and I’m thinking, ‘For the love of God…..’. So like a smart person (sarcasm), I kept using this ‘bottle’ of topical medicine. Come to find out it was ANYTHING but acne forehead medication….. God was it ever! It was a topical hair treatment!!!!!!!! So instead of trying to help the 2 zits I originally had, I was now having an allergic reaction straight from the depths of hell & for all we know, developing unwanted FOREHEAD hair (said no one ever). Couple lessons learned…. don’t apply a label-less product ever to your face….. and two, don’t sneak in and use someone else’s stuff, AKA steal.
The point of the story is, I can relate to what it feels like to have both some acne here and there on your forehead, but also a full blown landscape of bumps! Even though your bumps are most likely not cause by a hair treatment product, I still feel ya 😉
If you suffer from forehead acne, you ain’t alone! In fact, forehead acne is the number one location for folks to get all sorts of acne bumps, pustules, whiteheads, blackheads – you name it, they settle up in that front and center region. But before we dive into some amazing treatment options, let’s take a look at some of our lifestyle habits to see if we can clear up the forehead without having to spend any cash monnneyy!
Hair Care Products
As much as we love hair spray (I strive for Texas-high hair every day), dry shampoo, hair oils & serums, and ocean sprays to experiment with different styles, many ingredients in hair products can trigger forehead acne. So why we don’t want you to stop using them completely, it is a GREAT idea to wash your hair every day if you’re a big product lover with increasing acne instances. Don’t forget, you can always try and do deductive reasoning… so let’s say you can see why your forehead is getting acne because you use more hair products than what others think as humanly possible, take those products away and see if your forehead clears up!
The Sun Is to Blame
For anyone with acne, I would suggest you avoid the sun! Simple as that. The heat from the sun can exacerbate forehead acne since sweat causes extra oil production, leaving to unnecessary inflammation! If you can’t avoid the sun, wear a hat when you’re out and about. If you’re worried your hat will cause even more bacteria to hang out in that region, wrap a scarf on your head before putting on your hat. Mixing a cute, wide-brimmed hat with a chic scarf, screams adorbs!
The Wrong Sunscreen
Before I started Cheeky Complexion, it had taken me years to find the right sunscreen for my complexion! I now stick to the powder sunscreen because it doesn’t cause my skin to break out in acne. However, there are plenty of cream-based sunscreens that are safe to use for acne-prone skin. Look for an oil-free sunscreen that’s non comedogenic – I also recommend finding a sunscreen with zinc!! That one will be your best friend.
So let’s saying you’re being an amazing human at the gym, just strutting your stuff on the treadmill. You’re all done with your workout & you go to grab your towel off the machine and you wipe your face. That towel you just grabbed, has as much bacteria on it as a toilet seat. And at that point, you probably have wiped it all over your face. If you’re a big sweater, consider wearing a sweat band or some kind of save the wiping for your cleansing wipes at the end of the workout.
We did a whole segment on face washing & working out! Click here!
Too Much Sugar
I love sugar just like the next person, but if I have a binge day of dessert eating (notice I said ‘day’, no judging), I can definitely see how it effects my skin in the weeks to come! If you’re experiencing acne, and don’t have any of the issues above, it could be because of your sugar intake! Cut back on the sugar and see what that does for ya. And remember, sugar is literally in everything, so it’s not just cutting out the 2 donuts you had in one weekend (ahem……… it was just one weekend, I promise!) It’s also being aware of what products have high sugars – it could even be a ‘healthy’ protein bar.
Your Pillowcases Be Dirty
So I have a general fear of pillowcases…. wash mine every week and flip it everyday. All I can think about is all the hair oils that accumulate! Plus, we once learned that pillowcases are one of the dirtiest items in your pad (that and hand towels). So make sure you’re washing your pillowcases on the regular.
If none of these habits above relate to you and you’re still suffering from dreaded forehead acne, there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments you can try to get rid of it. (If all else fails, don’t be scared to go to your derm!)
Our Top Picks!
When I was experiencing hormonal acne, the doctor recommend I try a mask with glycolic acid – it did wonders for me skin. It also helped two Cheeky’s as of late get rid of their forehead acne and bumps in particular! So this one is a goody!
The enzymes in this guy are what will help you rid of dead skin and help you exfoliate the forehead area, getting rid of your troublesome acne. I LOVE Drunk Elephant products and all of them have rave reviews & amazing ingredients.
Remember, anything with glycolic acid is gonna help your skin slough right off and create a magnificent glow that’s acne free. So this glycolic acid night serum works by dissolving dead skin cells and resurface your complexion while you sleep
LOVE us some Sunday Riley! ‘Gentle enough for various skin types, this multi-tasking product is formulated with purified grade lactic acid that works to clear skin and produce natural collagen. Ingredients like licorice, lemongrass and aloe help you achieve an even complexion while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.’ – Sunday Riley. Lactic acid is another great acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, that targets your clogged pores and gives you a radiant glow.
Key Takeaways Regarding Products
- AHA’s are going to be your besties!
- Try not to over exfoliate as that can irritate your skin
- Be patient, it may take anywhere from 6-10 weeks for your acne to start disappearing
- Work into the product slowly!
- Stay out of the sun with any of the products above because they are helping to expose new skin so you’ll be sensitive for a bit!
- Wear sunscreen!
Alright now! Off you go! Do yo thang and get rid of that acne! Let me know what your struggles are and let’s see if we can get together to cater your skincare regime to fit exactly your needs. KISSES!