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Have you recently noticed mysterious tiny bumps appearing on your forehead? Turns out, they’re not all that mysterious. In fact, they’re pretty common and luckily, nothing to worry about. But that doesn’t make them any more fun to have. And it’s not like you can completely conceal them under foundation because they’re bumps – you’ll still see them.
What a dilemma!
Well actually, not really. If you know how to get rid of them. And we’re going to show you how, so read on.
WHY IS YOUR FOREHEAD BUMPY?
There are many causes of bumpy skin on the forehead. Most likely what's causing yours is clogged pores – something that happens when dead skin cells and bacteria over-accumulate on your skin.
“During adolescence, the forehead is often one of the first areas to develop acne,” says dermatologist Dr Craig Kraffert. “It is also often one of the first areas to clear up as adolescence progresses too.”
And the most common types of acne to appear on the forehead?
It’s not technically acne, but it looks a lot like it. And the majority of times, it takes shape on the forehead. Whereas acne forms as a result of excess oils and dead skin cells clogging pores, milia happens when keratin gets trapped under the surface of the skin.
These small bumps are often known as blackheads and whiteheads.
“Acne comes in many flavors, and the type of acne you see depends on the person’s ability to produce oil,” says dermatologist Dr Purvisha Patel. “Usually the type seen on the forehead is caused by occluded pores, so more whiteheads are seen there.”
Forehead acne can also appear as raised red bumps – known as inflammatory papules. This type of acne is also common on the forehead.
“Other causes include inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea and dermatitis and many possible small benign skin lesions such as milial cysts, sebaceous hyperplasia and seborrhoeic keratosis,” explains dermatologist Dr Clara McDonald.
HOW TO GET A SMOOTH, BUMP-FREE HEAD AGAIN
Dirty skin isn’t always associated with acne, but keeping your skin clean can help prevent pimples. Especially if your forehead acne’s being caused by excess oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
This additional oil, which is sent through the pores to hydrate the skin, can often end up getting clogged when trying to reach the skin’s surface. Thus, creating the perfect opportunity for acne-causing bacteria to take over your skin.
You should also be keeping your skin clean after workouts, as sweat can be a major contributor to acne. If you don’t have access to a sink at your gym, use a facial wipe to wipe off your sweat.
Choose a facial cleanser formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which specifically targets acne, like Truly’s Hemp Jelly Anti-Blemish Facial Cleanser.
Seeing that most forehead acne is caused by dead skin cells, it’s a good idea to slough away those unwanted cells with a good ‘ole exfoliator.
“Between repeated applications of sunscreen, makeup, and sweat, it’s essential to exfoliate your skin to make sure you’re getting everything off your face at the end of the day — or dirt and grime gets trapped in your pores,” says dermatologist Dr Francesca Fusco.
On the other hand, don’t overdo it with the exfoliating, as it can leave your skin feeling irritated. Aim for 2-3 times a week to keep your skin looking smooth. Less if you have sensitive skin.
Recommended: Truly’s Matcha Scrub.
And by that, we mean everything from your hair products to your hair accessories. Essentially anything oily or sticky that could be causing your breakouts.
Hair products like leave-in conditioners and pomades can sometimes worsen acne. If you use any of these products and you’re getting forehead breakouts, try taking a break from them to check if they’re really the culprits.
The same goes for hair accessories like headbands and baseball caps.
“Wearing a hat all day where sweat and makeup buildup gets trapped around the rim can cause breakouts,” says Dr Fusco. “This also goes for headbands that potentially slide down your forehead or brush against your forehead as you put it on. Make sure to wash all your cloth hair accessories regularly.”
The easiest way to tell your body to stop producing more oil is to apply oil – or any kind of moisturizing product for that matter. By keeping your skin hydrated, you’re signalling to your skin that it has adequate oils, preventing it from producing more. When your skin is dehydrated, the body creates more oil to make up for the loss, often resulting in increased breakouts.
Recommended: Truly’s Cream Skin Face Moisturizer.
Think about it. Your face touches your pillowcase every night for several hours each night. That’s a lot of contact! Now think about when you last changed your pillowcases… did you just say a month ago or worse, “I can’t remember.”?
That’s all the evidence we need to tell you to change your pillowcase right away.
“The bacteria and oils from our hair and mouth transfer onto our pillowcases and then our faces during the night — becoming another source of acne,” says Dr Rachel Nazarian.
Keep your pillowcase clean by changing them at least twice weekly.
Easier said than done – we know. But seriously, stress and acne go hand in hand.
In 2002, a study from Stanford University found that college students experienced acne flare-ups during exams – a highly stressful period in their lives – compared to times without exams. This proves that stress has a direct impact on acne.
To stay chill and forehead-acne-free, try supplementing a stress-free lifestyle with Truly’s Daily Hemp Bears. These yummy vegan hemp gummies absorb fast so you’ll feel soothed and calmed within 30-60 minutes of taking one. You can also enjoy reduced anxiety and better sleep with these candy bears.