Forehead Acne, Causes and Prevention

Causes of Forehead Acne:

Forehead Acne breakouts develop when your hair follicles, or pores, become clogged with sebum and dead skin cells.

 Just like other parts of your face, your forehead is one of the most common locations for mild and severe forms of acne. 

A variety of factors play a role in acne breakouts, from hormonal changes to medication use, stress and your personal hygiene

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Acne mechanism is a type of acne that occurs when rubbing a material on the skin along with oil and sweets and dirt. It does not technically need to be treated as mild/moderate acne. 

Your Hair products Could also be a Trigger to your forehead break out, How Does it Happen?

when your hair or styling products transfer oil onto your face and clog your pores.

The primary culprit when it comes to breakouts around the hairline is trapped oil. When oil is trapped in the cells it acts as a clogging agent, essentially binding with dead skin cells to form a zit.


One of the best tricks to prevent acne is cleansing. Clean your face and your hat regularly, especially after workouts to prevent breakouts.

Wash your hair often. It’s important to wash your hair two times a week. especially if it gets oily naturally. Wash your hair whenever it feels oily. Keep your hair away from your forehead.

Tight headgear: Wearing tight caps, bandanas, helmets leave little to no space for air to enter and leads to pimples on the area.

Acne fighting Ingredients:

Mandelic acid is the gentlest of all alpha hydroxy acids so it can be used by a wider array of skin types, including those with sensitive skin and rosacea. 2Even people who can't use other AHAs can often use mandelic acid without any irritation.


Salicylic acid can be an effective ingredient in skin care products to help treat acne. Salicylic acid can help unclog blocked pores by breaking down and removing dead skin cells and oil.

Few Examples of forehead acne

Forehead FAQ's

What are some personal hygiene problems that caused acne on the forehead?

Hats, hair products especially styling products that sit on the skin. If not wash off properly, it clogs the pores.

How do I prevent forehead acne from wearing a hat?

"Prevent breakouts by wearing breathable fabrics for your hat, like cotton as opposed to poly-blends, wear them loosely rather than tight against the skin, and wash them often,"

What is the difference between forehead acne and fungal acne ? 

Fungal acne is itchy, Clusters of small red bumps,Acne that doesn't respond to treatment and regular acne is a mixture of inflamed and non inflamed acne.

How fungal acne is treated vs. regular acne

Fungal acne: bentonite clay masks, chemical exfoliants (lactic/salicylic acid), dandruff body wash, antifungal creams or medications, natural antifungals (oil of oregano, clove, walnut), more frequent showering, and looser clothes

Regular acne: change in diet (avoiding inflammation-provoking foods), treatment of hormonal imbalances, increased water intake, bentonite clay masks, salicylic acid, topical retinoids, and oral antibiotics

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