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Help! Why Am I Getting Pimples On My Eyebrows, And How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

It's actually a pretty common skin concern.
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Hello there! Let's talk about pimples today—specifically, those that pop up around or even *on* your brows. While we know that getting zits on your face is a fairly common occurrence, it becomes weird when it erupts in the most unexpected of places (read: your arches). If you're in this sitch, you might be wondering why TF are you getting acne on your kilay, and how to get rid of them ASAP. Don't worry, we've got your back. Below, we discuss the types of acne that form there, what causes them, and some of the things you can do and use to get rid of them.

Read on to know more about eyebrow pimples:

What types of acne form on the eyebrows?

Eyebrow pimples are zits that form either on your arches or their surrounding areas. They usually vary from mild ones like blackheads and whiteheads to moderate ones like papules and pustules, and severe nodules and cysts that occur *underneath* the skin (aka the ones that you can't "pop.")

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What causes eyebrow pimples?

Your eyebrows might be a weird place for pimples to pop up, but it's definitely not an uncommon occurrence. Here are just some of the things that *triggers* them:

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  1. Not cleaning your brushes

    Yup, your makeup brushes can be the unlikely culprit behind your brow breakouts. Running over a dirty spoolie through your hairs can transfer the dirt from the bristles and onto your skin which can cause—you guessed it—acne. Make sure to wash your brushes every week or so and keep them in a clean and dry environment to prevent getting any dirt and dust on them.

  2. Shaving your brows

    How do you maintain your brows? Do you shave them? It might be an easy fix for your unruly kilay, but this method doesn't really get rid of all the hairs. In fact, some of them are left with sharp ends that can curl back on to the skin and cause ingrown hairs. This can lead to irritation and breakouts in the area.

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    We recommend switching to threading or waxing to make sure that *all* the hairs get removed. Bonus: It'll take them longer to grow back, too!

  3. Using comedogenic makeup products

    Since face masks are mandatory, we're sure you've been paying more attention to your brows. But did you know that your choice of kilay products can be the cause behind your breakouts? Certain ingredients in brow gels like petroleum, silicones such as dimethicone and trimethicone, and VA/VP copolymer have occlusive properties that can cause irritation.

    We recommend switching to powders or pencil products since they don't have the same occlusive properties that gels tend to have.

  4. Not washing your face properly

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: You need to wash your face properly, especially if you like wearing makeup. Grab a cleansing milk, oil, or balm and make sure to concentrate it on the areas where you apply makeup the most. Follow it up with a gentle cleanser to get rid of the rest of the dirt and sebum.

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  5. Touching your face with dirty hands

    This one may be tricky because how do you *not* touch your face, right? But when you sit back and think about all the surfaces your hands come in contact with throughout the day, you might rethink placing them anywhere near your face. If you must do it, make sure to wash your hands and sanitize them, or use a handkerchief.

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What are the things I can do to get rid of eyebrow pimples?

Brow zits can be annoying, but it's not the end of the world if you get them. Here are some things you can use or do to get rid of them:

(Editor's note: If you notice that you still get breakouts on your brows after trying these home remedies, it's best to set up an appointment with your dermatologist ASAP. They will be able to provide a more in-depth explanation as to why you get zits on that area, plus prescribe you the proper products or medicine to make them go away.)

  1. Apply a spot treatment.

    First things first: Don't pick at it. You'll only be causing further irritation that can lead to even more of those nasty suckers sprouting in that area. Just dab some spot treatment on it that's loaded with salicylic acid or tea tree oil to nip the problem in the bud before it gets worse.

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  2. Slap a pimple patch on it.

    If your zit popped up on the skin surrounding your brows rather than on it, you're in luck—it'll be a lot easier to manage. To prevent accidentally touching it or getting any dirt on it, stick a pimple patch on it and just leave it alone. You'll find that it has flattened within a day or two!

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  3. Remember to double cleanse.

    Your kilay comes in contact with a lot of things throughout the day. From brow products, sweat and oil building up in there, to your not-so-clean hands touching your hairs—it can be a lot for your arches. This is why it's very important to double-cleanse to make sure that *everything* gets dissolved.

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  4. Let your skin breathe.

    If you have the privilege to be working from home where no one else gets to see you, we highly recommend going makeup-free to let your skin *breathe*. If you need to apply makeup to look presentable for a meeting that requires turning your camera on, make sure to remove it properly afterward (aka double-cleansing and following it up with your regular facial wash—you know the drill.)

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