Project Clear Skin: How To Get Rid Of Forehead Acne For Good

These zits can be nasty, but there are ways to get rid of them!
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"What's good, acne?" That's how I greet the random zit that pops on my forehead in the morning. I mean, of all places, why on the center of my face where it's super obvious?  I'm not really a fan of concealing breakouts, so I usually just let them be. But when I find that these nasty pimples show up in the same region often, I know something fishy is going on that needs action. So, I did some research to find out the best (and fastest) ways to abolish acne on the forehead. Read on for the 411.

What types of acne do we usually see on the forehead?

Blackheads and whiteheads are the common types of acne we see above the brow, but there are times when raised red zits pop in, too. 

What causes acne on the forehead?

Before we all hurry and stock up on the latest zit-zapping products we must first find out the common causes of acne on the forehead. The usual suspects are the following:

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  1. Hair products

    Hair oils, serums, and dry shampoos tend to clog pores on the hairline and forehead.

  2. Sweat

    Sweat and oil, when combined, make the perfect recipe for breakouts. These two create a moist, breeding ground for bacteria.

  3. Grimy makeup and tools

    Brushes and sponges that are due for cleaning can be blamed for the zits you all over your face, including the forehead. While you're at it, check if your powder compacts and brow products are properly sanitized after every use.

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  4. Comedogenic makeup

    Formulas that clog pores will always cause breakouts! Stick to products that are free from silicones, coconut oil, and other comedogenic ingredients. You may also inspect the labels that blatantly say they're non-comedogenic.

  5. Dirty hair accessories

    Girl, when did you last wash your cap, headband, or scarf. These items may be carriers of dirt that may clog pores and trigger zits!

  6. Stress

    I hate to break it to you, but stress causes breakouts. Your body produces the hormone cortisol when you're feeling pressured.

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What are the things we can do to treat acne on the forehead?

Now that we've discussed the culprits, we can now move forward and discover the things we can do to get rid of acne on the forehead.

  1. Change how you apply your hair care products

    Applying nourishing serums and hair oils on frizzy strands works wonders, but this habit may clog pores on the forehead. After putting them on, wash your hands after so your fingers won't be a vessel for emollient products that may cause breakouts.

  2. Wipe off that sweat.

    Use a clean towel to get rid of the shine and sweat. You can refresh your complexion with a face mist as well.

  3. If possible, keep your hair away from your face.

    While you let your forehead zits heal, keep your strands away from your face—that means you have to put your dream hairstyle with bangs on hold.

  4. Make sure your hair accessories are clean.

    Caps, scarves, headbands do help keep your hair away from your face, but if these are dirty, you're just defeating their purpose. Wash them every week or spritz with a sanitizer after use.

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    Ellana Minerals F* Off Germs Sanitize Everything Alcohol Spray Duo, P240, Ellana Minerals

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  5. Wash with a gentle cleanser.

    Switching to a sulfate-free cleanser will leave your skin clean without the dry and taut feeling that may worsen acne. Find one with ingredients that will prevent and soothe breakouts.

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    Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash,  P295, Watsons

  6. AHA and BHA are your best friends.

    You can blame clogged pores for forehead zits. Use products with exfoliating acids like AHA and BHA to dislodge stuck gunk and dead skin cells hiding beneath the pores. 

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    Snailwhite Glow Potion AHA-BHA Toner, P395, Watsons

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    Face Republic AHA BHA Toner, P499, BeautyMNL

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  7. Introduce retinoids to your evening routine.

    Retinoids can exfoliate the skin, prevent fine lines, and treat pimples—what's not to love! Apply a retinol product every other day to build up your skin's tolerance.

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    Neutriherbs Retinol Serum + Vitamin E, P798, BeautyMNL

  8. If you have sensitive skin, try cica products.

    Centella Asiatica, or cica, is a great ingredient that soothes and hydrates skin. When you've got sensitive skin, this plant extract will treat pimples without being too harsh on the complexion.

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    Luxe Organix Cica Rescue Calming Serum, P499, Watsons

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  9. Ask for prescription treatments.

    It's always better to consult your dermatologist if the acne won't go away. She may prescribe ointments, creams, and supplements to help reduce the inflammation.

  10. Schedule an in-clinic treatment.

    You may also ask for their in-clinic services that can help ease your skin condition. TCA peels and cleaning facials are the most popular choices.


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