How to Heal Acne on an Oily Forehead

by Rose Erickson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Styling products like hairspray can clog pores.

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, between 40 and 50 million people in the United States suffer from acne. Although it mostly affects young adults and teenagers, it can develop at any age. In addition, it can occur almost anywhere on the body, including the forehead. Although the exact cause of acne is unknown, oil, bacteria and clogged pores are all factors. When excess oil cannot escape the pores, it forms a plug that bacteria can flourish in. Although frustrating, acne can be safely treated.

Use warm water and a mild cleanser to wash your face one or two times per day. This will help prevent any oil buildup on the forehead.

Smooth on an over-the-counter acne lotion containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. This will help promote skin cell peeling and dry up any excess oil.

Shampoo your hair often to prevent oily buildup along your hairline. This is especially important if you have bangs that rest against your forehead.

Keep hair products, such as gels and hairsprays, away from your forehead when styling. The oil and chemicals found in them can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Refrain from wearing hats and baseball caps if at all possible. Tight fitting hats can trap dirt, oil and sweat against the forehead, worsening acne symptoms.

Resist popping or squeezing pimples on your forehead. This can lead to scarring and infection.


  • The American Academy of Dermatology explains that medications are not designed to treat current acne. Instead, they help prevent new blemishes. This process can take months to work, so give the treatment enough time to take effect.

    When using a new acne product, follow all directions on the packaging. Do not use more than recommended. Doing so can cause your skin to become irritated and dry. Consider testing a small patch of skin to make sure you are not overly sensitive or allergic to an acne product.

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Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.