Acne usually starts after the onset of puberty but clears off by the mid twenties. Nearly 25% men and 50% women, however, have suffered from acne at some point in their adult lives. Typically, acne appears on the chin, cheek and forehead, but it can also affect other areas of the body.
Dermatologists usually aim for acne treatment that control the problem and also prevent formation of permanent acne scars. To achieve this goal, most prescribe medication that is started in small doses and then reduced gradually further to maintenance levels until complete resolution of facial and forehead acne is achieved.
Tried and tested herbal home remedies for forehead acne
Let us first discuss a few herbal remedies for resolution of forehead acne:
- Cleansing is the first step for prevention as well as treatment of forehead and facial acne. Herbal cleansers containing Chamomile, myrtle, lemongrass, or lavender can be applied with a clean and sterile cotton wool and then washed off. This cleansing process must be done twice daily.
- Next, you can apply a cool compress comprising of green tea (Camilla sinensis) and leave the extract on the forehead acne for five minutes. Let the face dry.
- Wash the face and apply a paste of turmeric and pat it gently on the acne. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and can help reduce bacterial growth from the acne. Leave it on for a few minutes then wash off.
- Alternatively, you can use sandalwood powder mixed with some fresh rose water or cucumber juice. Applying this paste all over the forehead acne can help reduce swelling and inflammation associated with acne.
- A sulfur based face mask can also be applied from time to time to help prevent forehead acne. This mask consists of a bit of sulfur powder, 1 egg white and some rosewater beaten together in a smooth paste. Applying this mask once each week can help prevent forehead and facial acne. Make sure you test for allergic reactions before use.
- Essential oils like Rosemary, St. John’s Wort, Marigold, Peppermint, Melissa, tea tree oil, thyme, Calendula, Yarrow and Witch Hazel etc are all very effective in preventing and treating forehead acne. Many of these are available in the form of facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. One must avoid applying essential oils directly to the skin particularly if they are highly concentrated.
Conventional Treatment for forehead acne
- In some severe cases of forehead acne, dermatologists may recommend antibiotics such as erythromycin, doxycycline or Minocycline. Low dose antibiotics given for a few months have shown good results in treating teenage and adult acne. Remember that antibiotics will not remove the clogged sebum in pores; for this purpose dermatologists might also recommend Topical vitamin A or retinoid based creams to prevent moderate to severe forehead acne.
- It is vital to determine the underlying causes of the forehead acne. In females, hormonal problems, Poly cystic ovarian syndrome, stress, use of certain oral contraceptive pills, menopause can all lead to acne. It is important to first diagnose and treat these conditions in order to start the right medication.
- For severe acne, a step-by-step approach is recommended. The dermatologist usually starts with a simple topical cream and an antibiotic regime. If that does not help, Cyproterone and estrogen may be recommended for females with severe forehead acne. In very rare cases, prescription Isotretinoin may be given, however, this has many side effects and several precautions including liver and eye tests need to be conducted to ensure patient is ready for such medication.
Other important factors to prevent forehead acne
- Do not pick or touch the forehead acne as doing so can make matters worse.
- Exercise regularly to reduce stress which is often the root cause of acne.
- Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water to keep the pores free from sebum and dirt.
- Avoid humid environments like gyms, poorly ventilated kitchens etc as this can make acne worse. If you exercise at the gym, carry your own pre moistened napkins/tissues to wipe excess sweat off the face. Sweat and oil can cause forehead acne, so shower immediately following a workout.
- Do not scrub the acne as this can result in scarring. Always use gentle cleansers and mild exfoliating products.
- Bacteria are the key cause of forehead acne. Always clean your makeup brushes and discard the old ones every few months.
- Oily hair is often a big contributor of facial acne. If you are prone to forehead acne, avoid using oily products, shampoos, sprays and gels etc.
- Use only non-comodogenic (non pore clogging) and nonacnegenic (do not cause acne) products especially if you regularly use any sunscreen lotions, or suntan oils etc.
These are a few ways of getting rid of zits and pimples on face and clearing forehead acne.