If you are like many people who suffer from facial acne, you may find it particularly troublesome to deal with forehead acne.  Forehead acne can be quite difficult to get rid of, and there are many factors that contribute, not only to its onset, but also to its continued presence on your skin.  By minimizing the potential triggers of forehead acne through changes in your habits and lifestyle, you can make your forehead area look young, clean, fresh, and beautiful once more.

Your forehead area is part of what is commonly identified as the facial “T Zone.”  The “T-Zone” is the area on your face that begins at the forehead, spanning from one side of the forehead to the other, and extends downward along the length of your nose and down to your chin.  Sometimes when referring to the “T Zone” area, people also include the cheek areas nearest the nose too.  Since your forehead is the broadest part of the “T Zone” region, it can appear the most prevalent when you have an acne eruption or outbreak.

Bear in mind that while you may not consciously realize it, your forehead plays a large role in how you communicate with others and how you convey emotions.  You use the muscles in the forehead region when you are expressing sadness, upset, happiness, disgust, surprise, thoughtfulness, pensiveness, and other emotions.  If your forehead is laden with acne eruptions, you may feel very self-conscious, and acne on the forehead can definitely diminish your self-esteem.

Forehead Acne Causes and Solutions
Forehead acne causes or inciters are numerous.  While there is no definite cause cited for forehead acne or acne eruptions in the T-Zone area of the face, there are some factors that have been found to play a role in the development of acne on the forehead as well as other regions of the body.  When you become familiar with the potential causes for acne, you can begin to create an acne regimen that can diminish or banish forehead acne for good.

Natural Oils, Hair Care Products, and Forehead Acne
First, since your forehead is part of the “T Zone” area on the face, it is automatically a region that is prone to the development of excessive sebum and oil production.  Oils and sebum, when in excess, directly clog the minute pores in your skin.  When the pores become clogged, the skin cannot breathe, and the area becomes an environment where acne-triggering bacteria can thrive.  Even worse is the fact that the forehead area is constantly exposed to natural oils from your hair.  If you have bangs or your hair is constantly hanging over your face, the oils from the hair can mix with the natural oils produced in the forehead region: the result is forehead acne including white heads, black heads, and red, inflamed, irritating acne outbreaks.

Shampoos, hair sprays, conditioners, mousse, and hair gels can all contribute to the onset of forehead acne.  Conditioners and shampoo products containing ingredients like glycol stearate.  The latter ingredient is what makes conditioners or shampoo have a pearlescent appearance, but some research reveals that glycol stearate plays a role in recurring forehead acne as well.  Other conditioners and shampoos have forehead acne triggering ingredients like fatty acids, coconut oil derivatives, proteins, sulfates, and fragrances, all of which can irritate or exasperate existing acne conditions.

Hair spray, when sprayed on the hair dries and clings to hair strands. Some of the dried hair spray can flake off, becoming small particles.  These minute particles are small enough to clog the pores in the skin on the forehead.  Hair gel and hair mousse can act in a similar fashion; when the products dry, they can sometimes flake off and contribute to clogged pores in your skin.

If you want to diminish the appearance of forehead acne, you will need to minimize the amount of hair products that you use, and you will need to try to keep your hair away from your forehead and face at all times.  Doing so will help in preventing your skin from being exposed to pore-clogging particles and from natural oils that make acne conditions worse.  When using shampoo or conditioner, make sure you rinse the products backward off the head and that you do not allow the products to come in contact with your skin.

Hair Styles and Forehead Acne
Did you know that certain hairstyles can even play a role in whether or not you develop acne on your forehead?  It’s true; some hairstyles can contribute to acne eruptions.  For instance, if you have hair extensions, ponytails, or if you wear your hair in a tight bun or braid, you are stressing the hair follicles and scalp.  Toupees, when worn improperly, can also contribute to acne eruptions.  Not only is your scalp stressed by tight or constricting hairstyles, but also the skin on the forehead is stretched and pores are forced open.  When pores are opened, they can become clogged from air pollutants, particles, dead skin cells, dirt, and debris.  Avoid extra tight hairstyles or the erroneous application of extensions and toupees to avoid acne outbreaks.

While you may heavily rely on cosmetics to cover up any presence of acne on your forehead, you may be doing more harm than good.  If you want to diminish the appearance of forehead acne, it is best if you do not use any kind of cosmetic cover up at all.  Avoiding powder, liquid, or cream cover up products allows you to let the pores in your skin breathe and to prevent the clogging of pores with comedongenic products.  If you feel you simply cannot go without cosmetics, buy products that are identified as non-comedongenic:  the latter products are tested to ensure that they do not produce acne outbreaks.  If you apply a foundation or cover up too heavily, you are bound to end up with acne on your forehead.  Use moderation when applying any kind of cosmetics to the face and forehead, and stick to a single layer when applying the cover up of your choosing.

The removal of cosmetics at night is also important when you are dealing with forehead acne.  You do not want to wear cosmetics to bed since this can irritate acne eruptions and produce new outbreaks.  You will need a light, non-greasy cold cream to help in the removal of the cosmetics you apply.  You should also implement a daily skin care regimen where you cleanse the face with gentle, non-scented products.  The use of astringents as well as skin toners is recommended; both can help deep clean the pores in your skin, freeing them from pore clogging debris and bacteria. Read more Different Types of Acne and Treatment ……

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