Forehead Acne – Causes, Treatment & Home Remedies

So, you see a zit right above your nose bridge, on the center of your forehead. It’s screaming for attention, along with the many other pimples. This is forehead acne, a skin problem faced by lots of people.

There are three types of people suffering from this condition, there are the sufferers looking for a means of getting rid of them, those who just ignore it and the few who actually go through some medical treatment and home remedies to eliminate them.


If you too are one of those few people, who know that the pimples on a forehead can be cured, but don’t’ know how, just read on to learn more.

Causes of pimples on forehead

To cure these pimples, you first need to find out what causes it.

Forehead acne is so common because the forehead quickly becomes oily and these oil glands get easily blocked leaving behind a zit.

There are actually various other causes for this:

1. High-stress levels

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The best way to combat stress is to learn to relax and follow a healthy lifestyle. Meditation, yoga, listening to music, exercising and pursuing your hobby all help at keeping stress and your pimples at bay.

2. Clogged pores

This is the main trigger for acne as the forehead lies in the “T-zone” which produces maximum oil.

The forehead pores thus get quickly clogged to trigger acne. The best way to combat clogged pores is to steam your face and forehead once or twice a month. This will help to open these clogged pores and will reduce the chances of pimples.

Do not overdo steaming as excessive steaming is not good for your skin.

3. Hair dandruff

Hair dandruff can also be a cause  of acne.

These small pieces of dead skin from your scalp can fall down on your forehead and block skin pores or lead to bacterial infections.

The most effective means of getting rid of dandruff is by using good anti-dandruff shampoos. You will quickly find your dandruff disappearing.

4. Oily skin and hair

Oily scalp leads to oil dribbling on the forehead and consequent clogged pores and forehead pimples.

If this is the cause for your forehead pimple, wash your hair more often to keep your scalp oil-free.

5. Hormonal disorders

Especially prominent during teenage and in women.

While hormones, as well as genetic factors, may trigger forehead pimples and acne, genetic are most difficult to treat. However, hormonal problems can be quickly treated with your doctor’s help.

6. Some hair products

Some hair styling products like serum, heat protectant, and hair spray can trigger acne on contact with your forehead. The best remedy here is to switch to using organic products.

7. A wrong, unhealthy diet with insufficient water

If this is the case, following a balanced diet can help your forehead problem.

Include lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits and water to your diet and avoid foods which upset your tummy like fried foods.

8. Reactions with some prescribed oral medications

Some medications can trigger acne in some people with sensitive skin. So, it is better to consult your doctor & verify all the medications you are taking. And if required, your doctor will change the medication.

9. Caps and helmets

This occurs because most people don’t regularly clean their helmets.

So the inside of caps and helmets become breeding grounds for germs, dust, and bacteria which all trigger acne.

The best way to avoid this is by keeping your helmet clean and covering your head with a clean cloth when you wear your helmet.

Forehead acne treatment options

Now you know the leading causes for a pimple that rise on your forehead, you next need to take a look at the available treatment options.

Before trying any of these treatments, it’s better to first ensure you have emitted all the possible causes from your everyday routine and have started making some preventive measures.

This done, you should consult your dermatologist to find out which treatment is best for you.

Use right product

Start using only the skin products manufactured solely for use by acne sufferers.

So start using face washes, toners, cleansers and moisturizers to prevent and protect yourself from acne. Avoid using any oil based products like sebamed and cetaphil.

Moreover, keep your scalp clean at all times and maintain a check on its oil content.

Visit dermatologist

Many dermatologists prescribe oral antibiotics to treat acne.

This helps reduce the bacteria which triggers and cause an acne breakout. However, you need to find out which antibiotic suits your body as there are some antibiotics which have and trigger unwanted side effects like allergic reactions.

While some oral contraceptives can trigger an acne breakout, there are also some which prove helpful at fighting acne in women.

They work by suppressing the androgen hormones which consequently reduce the secretion of oil from oil glands.

Use Acne lotion

You can try applying a very thin layer of acne lotion containing 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide to your entire forehead. It kills the P.acnes bacteria which is responsible for triggering acne formation.

You should see results in a few weeks’ time, and if there are no results within 4 to 6 weeks’ time, it’s better to try a higher formulation of the medication by seeking advice from your doctor.

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Try taking vitamin A supplements on a regular basis as it proves helpful in getting rid of forehead acne.

Skin peeling is a surgical procedure resorted to removing or rather lighten acne scars. It, however, does not help completely eliminate acne scars.

Some dermatologists may suggest undergoing acne surgery to acne & scar by using small needles or blades to open up acne and extract all the bad stuff in the zits.

Many people prefer undergoing laser acne treatment to eliminate scars. Though this is a short process, the number of settings is determined by the severity of the scars.

Lactic or glycolic acids work as effective acne spot-on treatments.

Hydroxyl acid is also recommended by dermatologists as it dries out the pimple surface and then peels and sloughs off the pimples.

It’s also effective in reducing inflammation. It’s better starting off with a 10% formulation and go for higher ones if it does not give results.

Try cleansing your forehead twice a week and then exfoliating using an exfoliator containing salicylic acid.

This removes all the red skin cells from the skin surface and as salicylic acid penetrates hair follicles, it also prevents the development and formation of clogged pores.

Also, note that, all the above treatment should not be tried in the home without seeking advice from a dermatologist, if you do, it may cause more harm than its benefits.

Home remedies

Besides the many useful treatment options in medicine, there are few natural home remedies that may help to eliminate acne bumps and pimples on your forehead.

1. Lemon juice

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Just apply a few drops of lemon juice on your forehead pimples and leave it on overnight. Wash it off in the morning.

It’s obviously better to use this remedy at night and as you can’t step out into the sun with lemon juice on your zits.

This is because lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive to get quickly damaged by sunlight and rays.

This in turn leads to skin blemishes. However, if you apply lemon juice to your zits regularly at night it helps reduce the appearance of all the zits and pimples on your forehead.

2. Apple cider vinegar

This is a good, natural remedy for forehead pimples. You just have to dab a bit of apple cider vinegar to your forehead zits once or twice a day.

3. Clay mask made using tea tree oil

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Firs you need to make a thin clay mask with water & add a few drops of tea tree oil.

Apply this mask to your forehead and leave it overnight. Rinse off in the morning.

It’s better if you cover your pillow with a clean towel to prevent a mess. This natural face mask helps cure all acne bumps and pimples on your forehead.

4. Orange peel

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Grind some orange peel with water to make a paste and then dab on your forehead to treat your pimples.

Wash off with water after letting the mixture sit on your forehead for about 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is effective in treating forehead acne, and acne in general.

Just soak a cotton pad in water and after wringing it well, add 2 drops of tea tree oil over it. Apply it to your forehead pimples and the antibiotic properties in tea tree oil helps exterminate all the acne causing germs and bacteria.

6. Mustard powder and honey

Mustard contains natural  acid, which is found in most over-the-counter acne medications.

Salicylic acid is an active ingredient which helps treat and eliminate acne. Just mix some mustard powder with honey and apply to all the forehead zits.

Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off.

Moreover, as mustard is full of vitamin C, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and zinc which all make your skin look healthy and glowing.

7. Tomato mask

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Tomato is not only skin-friendly, its mask helps treat acne & scars effectively.

Just cut a tomato into two and scrub on your forehead twice a day. Keep it for 15 to 30 minutes then wash it off.

The many antioxidants in tomato provide an effective cure for healing acne its scars. However as the excessive use of tomato juice can dry your skin, it’s better to dilute the juice with water if you want to use the juice more than twice a day.

8. Lemon juice and rose water

A mixture of lemon juice and rose water can help reduce forehead acne.

Just mix two tablespoons of rose water with two tablespoons of lemon juice. Dip a cotton ball into this solution and rub over your forehead acne.

Rinse off your face with cold water after 15-30 minutes.

This is an effective cure for pimples as lemon juice has an antibacterial property and work as a natural astringent while rose water helps tone the skin and reduces the lemon juice’s acidity.

9. Nettle leaves tea

Try using nettle leaves to cure pimples.

Just take a few fresh nettle leaves and boil for about 5 minutes. After straining the mixture, let it cool down for a while, and drink the strained water as tea. Add some honey or lemon if you don’t like the taste of the tea.

It is the amazing anti-inflammatory properties of nettle leaves which help reduce redness caused by pimples and may help to get rid of them.

10. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural acne treatment option.

Its juice is soothing for any skin type with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Just take some aloe Vera and apply over your acne areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then rinse off using warm water.

11. Garlic

Try applying freshly cut or crushed garlic to the forehead acne on a regular basis. This will help to make them disappear without leaving much of a scar.

12. Coriander juice with turmeric powder

Try making a paste of coriander juice and turmeric powder or mint juice and apply to your forehead pimples.

Leave overnight and rinse off in the morning.

This is one of the best home remedies for the quick healing as well as anti-bacterial properties in turmeric powder can kill acne-causing bacteria.

13. Wheat grass juice

Drinking a glass of wheat grass juice regularly helps effectively control zits. This is a natural treatment which also helps in the quick fading off of acne scars.

This juice is full of anti-oxidant and helps to improve immunity and clean skin.

14. Lifestyle changes

Besides these home remedies, you need to make some lifestyle changes to prevent and treat pimples.

You need to follow a well-balanced diet with more of fresh vegetables, fruits, and water.

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide the necessary fiber for good digestion and bowel movements which in turn reduces the chances of acne while water minimizes the possibilities of forehead acne by minimizing clogged and unhealthy digestive tracts!

Having a half cup of yogurt every alternated day can help to improve bacterial flora of guts. These bacteria are known to keep our digestion healthy and help our skin to stay clean & glowing.

Exercising regularly also helps. When you start perspiring, you find your clogged pores unclogging. So sweating here can be compared to a detox while you lose some extra pounds. Meditate and relax to de-stress yourself as stress is a big trigger for forehead acne.

A relaxed mind leads to relaxed skin, free from pimples, zits & also reduces wrinkle formation process.

Last, but not least, do not squeeze acne as it only spread the infection and may only lead to scars forming on the acne site.

With the help of these treatment options, home remedies, and lifestyle changes, you will surely find a marked improvement and relief from your acne problem!

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