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Acne on the Forehead

Updated on November 29, 2014

Acne on the Forehead


The emotional stress and frustration that comes from dealing with acne on the forehead can really drain you mentally. I should know; I dealt with crazy forehead acne for years as a teenager, and into my early adult years. One of the things that would seem to trigger the breakouts on my forehead was any type of oily foods, such as butter-heavy food (i.e., garlic bread from the average restaurant, the kind that is drenched in butter like a wet sponge), and pizza with heavy cheese. Really, any kind of food that had high oil content would seem to be the catalyst that would begin the forehead breakouts. The amazing thing about it was that the pimples would many times be very small, but there would be so doggone many of them that it would look like the surface of a basketball close up or whatever. I would have all of these “clusters” of forehead zits, and sometimes they wouldn’t be very visible until you got right up on my face (as in regular conversation distance), and they wouldn’t be very red in appearance, but they would just be all over my forehead. I’ll never forget this one time at a restaurant, I ran into a girl I knew back a few years ago and hadn’t seen in a long time, and she commented that my forehead was “breaking out”. I’ll never forget how embarrassed I was when she said that, and I started scrambling for some lame excuse as to why my skin looked that way (it didn’t really make any sense now that I look back on it). I just remember feeling helpless as far as changing the way my skin looked, and that was extremely frustrating.

Acne on the Forehead

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Acne on the Forehead


Nothing really changed for me until I got ahold of the concept of curing acne from the inside out. There are some people who claim that acne on the forehead is a result of liver congestion; other theories out there lay partial blame on the digestive system, or the premise that eating one type of food in quantities that are too imbalanced can bring on acne. I can see how a one-sided or lopsided diet could lead to skin problems, because in reality, you are what you eat. I know we’ve heard it all of our lives and it’s been “preached” to us in cartoons and cheesy kid’s PSA’s, but it’s actually very true. Whatever you eat will eventually have an external effect on your skin. This is why I started changing my diet in my early twenties; I cut out fried foods entirely, I started drinking tons of water every day (almost to the exclusion of any other drinks), and I made sure to stop consuming so many simple sugars, as they dehydrate the body—you know, stuff like cookies, cakes, pies, etc. Dehydration is one of the reasons why acne can stay around—the skin is not getting “flushed” with fresh water in the skin cells, so it has to deal with polluted water that’s already circulating in the body. Another thing I did was I started stepping up on exercise. I know it doesn’t seem to be related, but actually it is; regular exercise improves the body’s circulation, and sometimes acne can be brought on by poor circulation. Once I made these lifestyle changes, I really started to see a difference in my skin. Now, I have virtually clear skin (although I do have some acne scars left—but not too many and not too visible). So again, to help you in your quest to deal with acne on the forehead, I would recommend a change in diet and lifestyle first. Hope this has helped you!


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