Acne on forehead-Just recently, one of my favorite female vloggers in the middle of her show, brought her right cheek close to the camera lens to reveal some acne hiding under her make up.
She did this in an attempt to convince her fans that she was the last person they would want to seek advice from if they desired a smooth-acne-free face. This was in response to a question asked by one of her fans after watching her previous video.
The question posed was, “how do I get rid of acne on the forehead?”
Though many individuals are facing similar frustration, there is still a significant number who are yet to overcome this challenge. The fact that you are reading this article shows that you are among the many individuals fighting the acne war.
Well, I have good news for you. Here, you will find the 11 best remedies to get rid of acne on the forehead overnight. So, sit back, relax, and read on.
First things first, let’s understand what acne on the forehead is all about and what causes it. Acne refers to a pattern of blemishes in an area of the skin resulting from the skin condition; this condition is when hair follicles are plugged with oil or dead skin cells.
It appears on the skin as pimples or cysts, and the face, especially the forehead, is the most affected area.
You’re probably asking: Why would hair follicles be clogged with oil in the first place and then manifest as pimples on the forehead? This is how it happens:
- Follicles connect the pores on your skin to the glands under your skin. These follicles are small sacs that produce and secrete liquid.
- Usually, the glands under the skin produce an oily liquid called sebum. The function of sebum is to carry dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin.
- Now when these follicles get blocked and oil from under the skin, pimples grow. And since small hair usually grows out of the follicle to the surface of the skin, it is not strange for skin cells, sebum, and hair to clump together into a plug.
- When this plug gets infected with bacteria, swelling results, and once you see a pimple develop, it means the plug has begun to break down.
Hormonally speaking, acne may also be triggered by a rise in androgen levels. This is possible because rising androgen levels cause the oil glands under the skin to grow; you know the rest of the story.
Medications containing androgen and lithium, greasy cosmetics, hormonal changes, emotional stress, and menstruation are other factors that can trigger the development of acne.
As far as acne on the forehead is concerned, your hair and hair products should bother you. If you don’t wash your hair as often as you should, it gets oily, and every time it touches your forehead, acne may develop.
Do you know that if you have the habit of always touching your face with your fingers, you may be the custodian of your problems? Every time you do this, you introduce the bacteria in your finger to your face, and you may end up with acne on your forehead.
1) Lemon Juice
In my final year, my roommate introduced me to this remedy. Though at the time, she mixed the juice with baking soda, I know now that you can work with the juice alone.
Simply squeeze the juice of your lemon fruit into a container and add some water. Then use a cotton pad to apply it to the affected area and wash off after 20-30minutes. You can also drink a glass of lemon juice daily.
2) Aloe Vera
The first time I ever saw aloe vera in my life was when my elder sister was applying the gel on her face to clear pimples. Contained in Aloe Vera are active components that are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory hence making it an excellent remedy.
Simply dab a little aloe vera gel on the affected area, leave it for 20-30 mins then rinse it off.
3) Green Tea Extract
This may seem a little awkward, but it is worth trying. Refrigerate a couple of used green tea bags. Place the cold tea bags on your forehead for 20-30minutes, then rinse your face.
Surprised? I was too. Honey is not only useful in the kitchen. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help in fighting acne. Simply take a small amount of raw honey and apply it to your forehead. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it off.
The topical application of Vitamin C is excellent for reducing acne, and tomato is rich in Vitamin C. Here’s what to do: cut a tomato in half, gently rub one half of the tomato all over your face. Leave it for 15-30minutes and then rinse it off.
6. Essential Oils
Most essential oils have been found to possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can get rid of acne quickly. However, they may irritate your skin, but to prevent that, you can mix with water or one drop of carrier oil such as jojoba, olive, or coconut.
Essential oils include tea tree oil, thyme, calendula, spearmint or peppermint oils, etc.
Ever heard of the face steam trick? I’ll tell you about it, and it’s simple too. Simply put steaming water in a bowl and place your face over it for about 12 minutes. Wipe your face afterward. Steam opens your pores and helps remove the impurities.
8) Egg white mask
You are probably wondering why you would apply egg white on your face. Well, egg whites help with discoloration while firming and toning the skin. You still want to get rid of acne. Then it’s worth the shot.
Simply mix three egg whites with a teaspoon of lemon juice until it is white and foamy. Then apply to your face and wash off after 15 minutes with warm water.
9)Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a perfect choice if you desire to even out your skin tone; plus, it reduces acne. To achieve this, you will have to mix one tablespoon of vinegar with two cups of water. Apply it to your face with a cotton ball.
10) White toothpaste
The procedure involves applying a white toothpaste on your face; leave for 15 minutes and then wipe it with face wipes.
11) Over-the-counter Treatment(OTC)
This may be in the form of pads, gels, creams, lotions, and soaps, which are very available at pharmacies and drug stores. They are usually topical treatments that are applied directly onto the skin.
The content of OTCs that make them useful in fighting acne includes resorcinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur.
So there you have them. All eleven of them. If indeed you want to get rid of your forehead acne, then you should be up right now and ready to implement any of the remedies that suit you most.
Tips For Maintaining A Smooth Face
Before I wrap it up, let me leave you with some tips that will help you maintain a smooth face and prevent the acne from returning. Plus, you remember that saying: “prevention is better than cure,” right?
So here are some acne preventive measures:
- Limit dairy intake
- Reduce stress
- Watch your face twice daily with a mild cleanser
- Watch what you put on your hair
- Keep your hands off your face
- Stay out of the sun as much as you can
- Feed mostly on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Avoid wearing tight clothing on your head that can trigger forehead acne
- Remove all makeup before going to bed
- Don’t use harsh skin products