What Causes Forehead Acne? Understanding Root Causes and Treatments

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Acne that appears on other parts of the body like your back and chest can be easier to hide than forehead acne. Forehead acne is uncomfortable and can be a distraction when trying to have a conversation with someone.

It’s easy to believe that those you are talking to are only seeing the acne on your forehead and not the words coming out of your mouth. We know because we’ve been there.

Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of forehead acne that you can try at home without visiting a dermatologist.

What Is Forehead Acne?

Acne is caused by oil, dead skin, and other toxins that have clogged the pores on the skin. When the pores get clogged, the toxins inside cause red bumps to form. This is what we call acne.

Acne can be in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, or cysts. Cysts are the largest and most painful type of acne and are typically found on the chest or back. Forehead acne is most commonly blackheads, whiteheads, or both.

Blackheads get their name from their appearance. They are a type of acne that contains a black dot because of the open pore. The pore is clogged but open, causing the hair follicle in the clogged pore to be visible. This is what gives blackheads their black appearance.

Whiteheads are clogged pores that are closed. This causes a white layer to appear on the outside of the red bump. Whiteheads are often more painful and bothersome because the pore is closed rather than open. This causes whiteheads to become more noticeable than blackheads.

Cysts, also known as cystic acne, are found deep within the pore and are infected with bacteria. When the cyst is ruptured, it can cause bacterial infection to spread to other areas in the body, further spreading the cystic acne.

What Causes Forehead Acne?

Your forehead can seem to break out worse than any other part of the body. That’s because your forehead is the part of the body that is closest to your hairline. Your hair creates oil and collects dirt and dead skin cells. These toxins and bacteria often accumulate on your forehead, clogging the pores on your forehead and causing acne to develop.

When oil and dirt are collected on the forehead and clogs the pores, acne is developed. The best way to keep acne from appearing is to make sure your hair and skin are clean daily. This will keep your pores from becoming clogged and creating acne.

How to Get Rid of Forehead Acne

You can use many methods to get rid of forehead acne and they don’t all have to be medicinal.

Here are some of our recommendations for getting rid of forehead acne.

1. Shower Frequently

Showering frequently is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent acne from forming. This includes washing your hair, as your hair creates oil that can easily collect on your forehead and cause acne.

2. Limit the Number of Oil-Based Products You Use

Using oil-based products will increase the amount of oil collected on your body, causing acne to form in those places. To reduce the likelihood of acne developing on your forehead, limit the number of oil-based products you use in your hair and on your face.

3. Wash Your Face Daily

Make sure you wash your face daily. This will remove oil, dead skin, and other toxins that have collected on your face and clogged your pores. When washing your face, try not to scrub your face with too much pressure. This can irritate your skin even more and cause the acne bumps to rupture. Acne that has ruptured can cause acne to spread or become infected, which is something you will need to always avoid.

4. Avoid Touching Your Face

Your fingers contain oil, and that oil is transferred to any surface you touch, including your face. The more you touch your face, the more oil you are placing on your face. When left uncleaned, this oil gets trapped in your pores and causes acne to form. Avoid touching your face so that no additional oil is accumulated on your face to cause acne to form.

5. Use a Daily Acne Treatment Regimen

The best way to get rid of forehead acne and keep it from coming back is to have a daily acne treatment regimen. Using a daily acne treatment regimen will ensure your skin gets rid of forehead acne and prevents it from returning.

Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit, The Differenceis highly effective in getting rid of forehead acne and keeping it away. It is the best acne treatment regimen you can use for a variety of reasons.

What is The Difference?

Appropriately named The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit is formulated to treat acne through probiotics.

Probiotics are often heard in relation to creating a healthy gut, but really, they can do so much more than just replenish the healthy bacteria in your digestive system. We learned that probiotics are actually a great way to protect your skin while giving it a healthy and younger appearance.

The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit, comes with different products to use for each step. Each step is important in ensuring that your skin stays protected, healthy and free from acne.

What’s included in the kit:

How To Use The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit

Step 1: Probiotic Foaming Cleanser

Use the Probiotic Foaming Cleanser every morning and night. You should do this when you first get up each morning and before you go to bed each night.

Step 2: Daily Acne Treatment Lotion

Next, you will apply a small amount of the Daily Acne Treatment Lotion to the affected area. You should do this between one and three times each day.

Step 3: AO+ Restorative Mist

After the area has been cleaned and treated with the Daily Acne Treatment Lotion, you will need to spray the area with two or three spritzes of AO+ Restorative Mist. This will repair and restore the skin microbiome and improve the appearance of your skin.


Treating forehead acne may seem impossible if you have endured having acne on the forehead for many years to no avail. We know how easy forehead acne can show up, which is why we have formulated The Difference: Our Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit.

Combining The Difference with practicing good hygiene will be your best defense for getting rid of forehead acne and ensuring that it stays away. In addition to practicing good hygiene, you should also try to refrain from touching your face or using oily products. This will prevent the likelihood of oil and other toxins from becoming clogged in your pores and causing acne.

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