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How to Prevent Forehead Acne

Many people complain about their forehead acne and mistakenly believe that it is caused by their makeup. In fact, it can actually be your hair that is the reason, as one of our readers correctly guessed.

Question: I have bangs and I’ve been noticing that I have a lot more acne on my forehead than usual. Is this because of my bangs? If so, what can I do to prevent the acne?


Having bangs actually can affect some girls’ skin, especially those with oily skin or hair. Here are some tips for determining if your hair is one of the causes of your forehead acne and how to prevent it:

  • First, try keeping your bangs off your forehead for about a week or two. If your acne starts to get better, then you know that your bangs are probably the source of the problem. If this happens, don’t worry! There are many things you can do to prevent your bangs from giving you acne.
  • Make sure that you wash your bangs thoroughly every day and try not to use any hair products in them, since oils and products in your bangs can transfer to your skin and break you out.
  • If you are exercising or sweating at all, keep your bangs off your face using hair clips or a headband.
  • If you find that your bangs get oily during the day, use a dry shampoo or baby powder to soak up the oils.
  • To treat the acne in the meantime, try using an over the counter salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatment once a day.
  • Last but not least, make sure to wash your face thoroughly in the morning and at night to keep your skin fresh!

You can always conceal the acne on your forehead while it is healing. Check out some of our recommendations for the best makeup for oily acne prone skin to find ones that will work for you without making you break out further.


P.S. You can also use an acne makeup that has medicine in it to help heal the breakout. Read our article on The Best Two-in-One Products for some recommendations.

The Best Acne Makeup for Aging Skin

Even if your skin is mature, you are not necessarily safe from acne. In fact, some women may get more acne as they get older due to hormonal changes. At the same time, you have to deal with the common effects of time. Lines and wrinkles are particularly tough to treat at the same time as acne. One treatment tends to add moisture while the other dries out the skin. It seems like a Catch 22. There are some tricks, however, that will help you find the best acne makeup, aging skin or not.

The first trick is to avoid all makeup that has acne medicine in it. Don’t use anything with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur. They will dry your skin out even more. Keep your acne treatments separate from any treatment for aging.

As with any makeup for acne prone skin, avoid anything with oil in it. There are plenty of moisturizing products that don’t have oil. Better yet, stick with a mineral makeup like Korres Mineral Powder or a neutral long-lasting foundation like … You can use moisturizer separately for any dryness.

Apply everything in the correct order. Here’s where things get tricky. Acne treatment or wrinkle treatment – which do you apply first? I always go with how my skin is doing on a certain day. If it is breaking out a lot I put on some medicine first, let it dry completely, and then pat on some moisturizer. Next comes my Tarte Clean Slate primer. Finally, I apply some foundation.

Use powders sparingly. Powder can make every line on your face stand out. This is true of many of the mineral makeup powder as well, so avoid ones that are labeled as matte or oil absorbent.

My favorite brands of makeup for aging skin that has acne are:

Benefit’s Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up – Benefit is designed as a brand targeted for younger people, but I love the Hello Flawless powder foundation. So long as you have put on moisturize and primer, the sponge lets you apply the foundation smoothly and gives excellent coverage without making every line stand out.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra – This is my favorite liquid foundation that is both long lasting and give great coverage. It goes on silky smooth and I don’t even have to use concealer with it. This is my go-to foundation when I am going to a party or will be out all day and want my skin to look perfect.

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation – This mineral powder foundation goes on much more smoothly than most others, so it doesn’t sit in your wrinkles. You can either use the little pad that comes with it or a mineral makeup brush.

Usually, I recommend a trip to the dermatologist as one of the first stops when putting together a good acne treatment regimen. However, are your numerous trips to the doctor for high priced medications and ointments not showing results? If so, you may want to try natural treatments for acne. Unlike prescription medications, alternative acne treatments rarely cause harmful side effects and are generally less expensive than a prescription. It just may take a little longer for them to work, or to identify the most effective products.

Why Use Natural Treatments for Acne?

Some people with sensitive skin just can’t handle the stronger topical prescription medicines. As alternative medicine becomes more popular, a greater number of acne patients are seeking natural ways of treatment. While some people may have experienced relative success from prescription medications, the side effects or reactions to the medicine are often just as much of a problem as the acne itself. Dry, itchy skin can be one side effect, and increased sensitivity to sun is a problem with most of these treatments.

Other people who turn to natural products have tried every over the counter remedy available, only to find their condition hasn’t improved at all. In fact, when used improperly or in excess, many non-prescription ointments and lotions can even aggravate your acne. Overdrying your skin can just lead to flakiness, which can clog your pores and result in more blemishes.

In women, acne is often the result of a hormonal imbalance that occurs every month, or later in life during menopause. This type of acne isn’t something that will just go away on its own or during a short-term treatment. In order to effectively treat adult acne over the long term, you’ll want to choose a method that will not jeopardize your overall health in the process.

What Natural Products Work Best on Acne?

Today there are many natural herbs available that have proven helpful in eliminating or reducing the painful and embarrassing effects of acne without the irritating side effects of prescription treatments. Some of the most commonly used herbs include: primrose, black cohosh, red clover, and wild yam.

These particular herbs are used for women since they are effective in striking a healthy balance of estrogen and androgen in the body. An excess of androgen in the system is a common culprit in the overproduction of sebum, which can result in blocked pores that lead to acne.

There are also natural treatments that can be used by both men and women. These herbs help improve the skin’s appearance by both eliminating the infection and soothing the inflamed areas of skin. Visit your local health food or organic store to find some of these herbal treatments. You can also visit The Natural Store online for a huge range of natural acne products. If you have a Whole Foods near you, that is another great place to find items such as dandelion root, red peony, licorice, salvia, and echinacea – all of which are popular herbs used to treat acne.

Vitamins as a Natural Acne Solution

Many dermatologists believe that acne is the result of a vitamin deficiency in their patients. Clinical research results have shown that a good percentage of acne patients have an insufficient amount of Vitamin B in their system. This deficiency can also cause excess sebum, along with the resulting clogged pores and blemishes. Supplements of Vitamin B5 in the diet on a regular basis have shown a great deal of success in reducing or healing acne symptoms. You don’t even have to go to a health store for this. You should be able to find Vitamin B5 at your local pharmacy. However, I’m a Trader Joe’s devotee and get mine there.

Get Expert Advice

While natural or herbal treatments for acne are generally safe, you’ll still want to proceed with caution when trying any new type of treatment. It’s a good idea to talk with a knowledgeable herbalist or an alternative medicine specialist if you’re uncertain about possible side effects or reactions.

An alternative medicine specialist can also provide you with additional information on suggested dosage requirements. If you’re currently taking any type of prescription for illness, be sure to discuss the matter with your physician or alternative medicine practitioner.  Just like prescription medications, many herbs should not be used in conjunction with other types of medicine.

If you are not sure where you can get advice on the best natural treatments for your acne, try talking to someone at your local health or organic store. They often know good practitioners since that is their field of expertise. The larger natural health chains (such as Whole Foods) also employ very knowledgeable people, but a true alternative medicine specialist will have much more extensive experience and training. There is no formal regulations on natural treatments, so you need expert advice to figure out what to try first. And remember! Patch test first!!!

Will this routine help stop my acne?

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I just got asked this question this past week and wanted to share my answer. One important point that you should come away with is that there is no routine that works for every single person. You will always have to customize your acne skin care routine to suit your skin.


Will this routine help stop my acne?
-Keeping all hair out of my face all the time
-Stop wearing any makeup for a while
-Deep cleansing daily w/ warm water
-Exfoliating every other day w/ cold water
-Moisturizing with “Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer” by Aveeno
-Before going to bed, wash my face with “Clear Complexion Gentle Foam Wash” by Aveeno w/cold water
-After that, moisturize again with “Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer”

I don’t have reaaaaallly bad acne. Just a few pimpes on my forehead and a little on my cheecks and chin and stuff, but I want CLEAR, EVEN skin. so do you think this will help? also what do you recommend?


You have some good ideas here, but you will have to experiment to see what works best for you. There is no one method that is a cure-all for everyone. A few tips I would add:

  • Stick to a sulfate-free shampoo, such as Free & Clear Shampoo or Pureology Zero-Sulfate Shampoo. Some people break out from sulfates.
  • If you are going to exfoliate, use a product with glycolic acid or similar, such as those by Glytone. Stay away from anything harsh. It will just irritate your skin and make you break out more.
  • Only use moisturizer if you need it. There’s no reason to slather on moisturizer if your skin isn’t dry at all. Only use it where you need it.
  • The cold/hot water idea isn’t necessary. You should never use really hot water since it can damage your skin. Use lukewarm water only. If your skin feels better splashing on cold water after cleaning, go for it.
  • Get a topical treatment for the areas where you break out and use it daily. Most treatments also act as a preventative. You have to keep using the treatment to keep the acne away.
  • If you do need to use moisturizer, wait until the acne treatment is completely dry first before applying it.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

P.S. If you are looking for a complete skin care system with glycolic acid, take a look at MedSkin. Their three step system contains varying strengths of glycolic acid, a much more effective exfoliant for your skin than harsh abrasives

MedSkin Acne Rx System combines advanced skin care technology with prescription-strength ingredients to provide a clinically proven over-the-counter acne treatment.

Getting Older and Coping with Adult Acne

Trying to cope with adult acne can often be as damaging to your self-esteem as when you were younger. After all, who expects to see acne in a 30, 40, or 50 year old? If you’re well beyond your teen years and still experiencing acne outbreaks, you are probably wondering where this is coming from and why. You are not alone. While a large percentage of acne patients are teenagers, many adults also suffer from frequent outbreaks or blemishes on a regular basis.

Women seem to have the most problems with adult acne. While other women are slathering on anti-aging creams, you have to be careful to use anything that will make you break out. To get rid of the acne, you may also require different types of treatment methods than those used for younger individuals.

Causes of Adult Acne

Why are you having to deal with acne when you thought you’d left it all behind? As the number of acne cases in adult women continues to grow, there has been increasing interest in its correlation with hormones. Aside from the usual monthly fluctuations, women experience hormonal changes during both pregnancy and menopause, both of which are times when acne can flare up and persist. Sometimes, adult acne can flare up due to stress, poor diet, and the use of heavy makeup as well. Those issues are far easier to deal with just by finding relaxing activities, improving your diet, and using only makeup that is safe for acne prone skin.

Treatments for Adult Acne

Luckily, there are many treatment options available for adult acne. Depending upon the severity of the condition, your doctor may prescribe a number of medications, including antibiotics and topical creams that contain retinoid.

Oral contraceptives have also been effective in reducing or eliminating acne symptoms in adult women. If you’re not currently taking birth control, it’s a good idea to discuss both the benefits and risks of this type of treatment with your doctor. While oral contraceptives are believed to reduce your chances of developing other conditions, such as osteoporosis, and many types of cancer, they can cause harmful side effects in some cases.

Daily Care of Adult Skin with Acne

Developing a good skin care routine is just as essential as ever in healing and preventing acne. Stay away from any harsh scrubs, and look for gentle cleansers. Products containing glycolic acid are often helpful, due to their gentle exfoliating properties. Test one on a small patch of skin before use.

Cosmetic products should also be chosen with care. Although it’s not necessary to refrain from wearing makeup, you’ll want to use only noncomedogenic cosmetic products if possible.

Be very careful of any anti-aging makeup and skin care. Some of these products are really meant for dry skin and can cause your acne to flare up. Check the ingredients carefully for things that might make you break out, and look for products that are specifically labeled as non-comedogenic.

Many people suffering from acne seek out the sun, believing that it will help. While sun and outdoor air are both beneficial in promoting healthy skin, the use of acne medications or ointments can often make you more sensitive to sunlight exposure. In order to avoid sunburn or redness, be sure to use a sunscreen block that’s appropriate for your skin type.

Your Next Steps

There are a number of successful treatment options available today for adult acne, so don’t delay. Often the hardest task is locating the medication or product that works well for you.  For best results, seek the assistance of a dermatologist first. Tackling adult acne is even more critical than in teenagers since the skin is not as elastic and you need to do your best to prevent scarring.

P.S. If you are having problem with dry skin and acne, read some of our recommendations on the Best Makeup and Cleansers for Dry Acne Prone Skin.

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