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How to Get Rid of Forehead Acne

Acne on the forehead is easy to see and hard to cover up. The forehead is a part of the face we use to signal emotion. The muscles in the forehead signal surprise, pensiveness, happiness, sadness, and disgust just like the muscles underlying our cheeks. The forehead moves when our eyebrows moves, and you can’t even wiggle your ears without wrinkling the skin on your forehead.

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Acne is likely to develop on the forehead, which is part of the T-zone.

Not only is the forehead a focal point for muscle movement, it is also a focal point for various substances that clog pores. The forehead is part of the “T zone” where the face makes most of its oil, along with the nose. The forehead is also exposed to oils, conditioners, volumizers, dyes, shampoo, split end treatments, and hair mousse from the hair, receiving even more oil from those products than the scalp. This combination of influences makes the forehead a happening place for acne, especially just above the eyebrows and just below the hairline.


  • The forehead is part of the face’s “T Zone” of maximum oil production, including the forehead and nose.
  • In addition to making its own oils, the forehead is often exposed to oil and hair care products coming from the hair.
  • The single most important step in preventing acne at the hair line is rinsing shampoo and hair care products backwards. It also helps to keep hair out of the face.
  • The single most important step in preventing acne at the brow line is removing makeup each and every day.
  • Braids and hair extensions in women and ill-fitted toupees in men can stress the skin of the forehead, trapping oil in pores. If it hurts, you shouldn’t be wearing it.
  • If you use concealer on forehead acne, always use just one layer. More than one layer can cause breakouts of its own, and movement of the forehead muscles during the day can cause “makeup malfunctions” that expose pimples, making them look even worse as they are surrounded by a ring of layers of concealer.
  • Getting rid of forehead acne requires proper use of cosmetics and hair care products, but keeping it away for good is easiest with a complete acne care system like Exposed Skin Care.

Cleansing the Skin to Prevent Forehead Acne

The forehead is usually the last part of the face we wash, and it is the part of the face that is most likely to be caked with makeup. Cleansing the skin of the forehead each and every evening, especially if you wear makeup, is essential to fighting forehead acne.

You may need to wash your face in two steps to keep your cleanser from getting into your eyes. Unfortunately, you will probably need more cleanser on your forehead (because it’s part of the face’s oily “T Zone”) than you need on the rest of your face.

Before you cleanse the rest of your face, remove makeup from your forehead with cold cream. With clean fingers, apply a layer of cold cream to your forehead and let it stand on your skin for 60 seconds. Then with a clean cotton small, blot the cold cream off your forehead, using minimal pressure against your skin. Do not rub your skin. Repeat this process for your nose, your cheeks, your chin, and the rest of your face before using cleanser.

Make a lather of cleanser with your fingertips, and apply a thin layer to your forehead, not enough for it to drip. Wait 15 to 30 seconds, close your eyes, and splash your face with warm water three or four times to remove the cleanser. You need to use a cleanser that gets any remaining makeup off your face without your needing to rub, and that does not leave your skin red or irritated.

If you skin still looks oily, apply an alcohol-free toner with a clean cotton ball. Don’t try to dry out your skin. Just remove excess oil that makes it look shiny.

Washing and Combing Your Hair to Prevent Forehead Acne

Most of us only need to wash our hair once a week. It’s important to rinse the hair thoroughly after shampooing. Hold the head back so any excess shampoo, volumizers, and split end treatments roll back into your hair, not onto your face. Never put any kind of hair oil or pomade near your face or close to the hairline. If you use a pomade, use the lightest product you can find, something like Modern Elixirs Defining Pomade or Aveda Pure-Fume Brilliant Humectant Pomade. The Aveda Product moisturizes your skin and may not be appropriate if you have extremely oily skin.

If you blow dry your hair, use a diffuser on your blow dryer. This keeps a hot blast of air from drying out your scalp or your forehead. It also helps prevent dandruff and flaking on your scalp. When your hair is dry, comb it back away from your face rather than allowing it to fall on your face.

Braids, Hair Extensions, and Forehead Acne

Many women create cosmetic problems by braiding their hair too tight or by wearing hair extensions that are too heavy. If you can’t raise your eyebrows, your braids or hair extensions are trapping oil in pores and causing acne—along with an equally serious cosmetic problem, hair loss. Anything you do to your hair that gives you a headache or causes you pain in the forehead, or interferes with natural expression of your face, creates both skin and hair problems.

Makeup and Forehead Acne

Makeup on your forehead has to be able to move around. You don’t want wrinkling of your forehead to cause wrinkling of your makeup.

The most common mistake users of makeup make when finishing the forehead is applying pressed powder rather than loose powder. Pressed powder can streak on oily skin and clump if you go out into the sun. Loose powder is far more likely to keep an even finish on your skin all day long.

The most serious mistake users makeup make when doing the forehead is using multiple layers of oily concealer to cover up existing blemishes. If you already have pimples on your forehead, covering them with oily concealer of any kind is likely to make your pores even more clogged. Using more than one layer of makeup on skin that moves all day long is likely to cause one layer of makeup to pull one way and another layer of makeup to pull in the opposite direction.

Always use just one layer of concealer on forehead acne. If at all possible, apply it with a feather brush, so you will get the lightest possible coating of concealer on the blemish. If you use fingers, it is especially important that you wash your hands both before and after touching your forehead to avoid transferring excess oil from and to other parts of your face.

The Mask of Pregnancy

Pregnant women often just seem to glow when they are in the first few months of pregnancy. Then their skin darkens with the mask of pregnancy, especially about the fifth month. Acne may pop up about the time the skin gets dark.

Don’t try to do anything different during pregnancy that you would not do to treat forehead acne at any other time. Should you develop scaliness on your forehead during pregnancy, don’t try to pick it off. Instead, make sure you are taking any required B vitamins, especially biotin, and it will take care of itself.

There Has to Be a Better Way

There has to be a better way to deal with forehead acne, and there is. You still need to take all the proper precautions for the use of makeup—but you can get rid of acne and keep it gone for good with an acne treatment system like Exposed Skin Care.

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Amar albert khalkho Reply

How to remove acne completely from face?

February 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm Reply
Martin Reply

There are many ways, but really it depends on the type of acne you have. For light to moderate acne vulgaris, Exposed Skin Care is our first choice for a complete skin care kit suitable for oily to normal acne-prone skin.

February 23, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply
Callie Reply

Try Proactive, if you use it (almost) every day it works, if not the acne comes back, trust me I don't have time to do it every day because of homework, the farm, school, and a bunch of other things, it keeps coming back as a result. But, when I do it at night the next morning it is gone,(or almost).

May 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm Reply
Elsie Reply

Hi, You menition "Before you cleanse the rest of your face, remove makeup from your forehead with cold cream." What cream is it that you are referring to? Thanx.

April 24, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply

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