Bumps and pimples often first develop on the forehead during puberty. Forehead acne frequently affects people with oily skin, but anyone can experience a breakout on their forehead. While many people will be rid of most acne by their early 20s, roughly 20% of adults will continue to suffer from acne well into adulthood. Fortunately, forehead acne can often be prevented. Read on to learn about natural ways to prevent acne naturally.
What Causes Forehead Acne?
Pores on your skin allow a natural oil called sebum to reach the surface of your skin. Tiny oil glands called sebaceous glands produce the sebum. Sebum helps to moisturize and protect your skin.
However, pores are susceptible to clogging. Dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells can all clog your pores. When a pore becomes clogged, bacteria begin to grow. This bacterial growth causes red bumps (papules). The red spots may also collect pus resulting in a pustule, also known as a whitehead or a pimple.
Excess oil that causes forehead acne is generally due to the overproduction of sebum. Stress, hormone fluctuations, and certain medications can trigger excess oil production. However, your hair can deposit oil on your forehead as well. If you have naturally oily hair, it’s best to wash it frequently. Likewise, you should avoid hair gel, waxes, oils, and pomade.
Dirt that can clog your pores and lead to breakouts may accumulate on your face from various sources. Failing to clean your face regularly can cause acne. Repeatedly touching your face can deposit dirt on your skin. Wearing hats and headbands can also cause you to accumulate dirt on your facial skin.
Dead Skin Cells
Dead skin cells are a leading cause of clogged pores. Exfoliating at least twice a week can keep dead skin cells from triggering a breakout. However, if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, you should avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive motorized exfoliation brushes. Instead, select an organic product free of additives, coloring, preservatives, and petroleum-derived products.
Cleansing and Exfoliating Your Skin Naturally
Organic face cleansers are not only better for your skin, but they are also better for the environment. Organic and natural facial washes are available as foams, creams, and gels. Look for a natural wash designed for your skin type.
Japanese konjac sponges are organic, natural exfoliators for acne-prone skin. Japanese konjac sponges are made of vegetable fibers and are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Konjac sponges are all made from the konjac plant. But natural extracts added to the different sponge varieties offer additional benefits.
For example, a Japanese konjac sponge with added peach leaf extract offers additional anti-inflammatory benefits. High-grade charcoal infused into a konjac sponge can help draw out impurities and provide deep cleaning of pores. A konjac sponge infused with green tea is also an excellent choice if you’re prone to forehead acne.
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