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Side swept, baby fringe, blunt cut, choppy, curly, or straight. What woman hasn’t had or at least considered the possibility of bangs? Even Michelle Obama had to succumb to the look for a short while, and where would Veronica Lake be without her sexy sweep? However, while bangs can be the source of instant fashion, they can also be the source of forehead acne. Oil from the hair can deposit oil and clog pores, leading to nasty blemishes and breakouts. Read on to find out how your fashion statement may be causing your skin problems and what you can do about it.
What Is Forehead Acne?
Forehead acne is a collection of papules and pustules. Papules are solid red bumps, while pustules are bumps with a collection of pus on the top, which you probably love to squeeze. However, regardless of location, or simple type, it is always important to treat spot acne. Over the counter acne, medicines help pimples clear quickly and are usually the go to step in acne treatment.
Whenever or wherever acne forms on your face, the cause is the sebum. Sebum is the oil that normally keeps your skin lubricated and protected, but can sometimes do too thorough a job. It’s produced in oil glands called sebaceous glands. Oil penetrates to the surface of the skin through your pores. When pores are clogged with dirt and excess oil, bacteria grows, and pimples are created.
Hormones, stress, and the use of certain medicines can increase oil production and the likelihood of acne.
Hair and Hair Products
Hair can cause acne on the forehead. If you don’t keep your hair clean, or have oily hair, oil deposits can form on your forehead and clog pores there.
Breakouts can also come from the hair products you use. Gels, styling and straightening products can contain ingredients like coconut oil and cocoa butter which leave oil on the skin. Acne caused by hair products is known as pomade acne.
Of course, the key to getting rid of pimples starts is taking care of your skin. Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser, and consider an OTC acne cream with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you prefer natural remedies, green tea extract, zinc, tea tree oil, aloe vera, zinc, and azelaic acid are all options. Dermatologists can prescribe more intensive acne treatments, such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide formulations, and anti androgens agents.
Prevention of Forehead Acne
- Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Scrubbing can make acne worse.
- Wash hair frequently. If your hair is oily, use a shampoo formulated for oily hair.
- Avoid using products on your hair. If you do use them, make sure to wipe your forehead afterward with a damp washcloth.
- Sweep bangs to the side, or use a hair tie or head band to keep them away from your skin.
- Avoid wearing hats with brims that come into contact with your forehead.
- Keep your hands off your skin. Touching your face introduces bacteria that can infiltrate pores.
- Use products labeled ‘noncomedogenic.” These won’t clog pores and cause acne. Avoid using products that can irritate skin, such as cleansers which contain alcohol.
What do you think? Is it between your bangs and your acne? Let us know how you treated your forehead acne, and if you managed to hang on to your bangs while you did it.