Forehead Acne: Causes and Solutions
Acne can be frustrating. So, let’s go through some causes and solutions. Acne and pimples can form all over the body. But the most common areas are the following:
- Upper arms
Acne occurs when that dirt and bacteria remain on the skin.
But there are other causes of acne too:
- Fluctuating hormones during puberty
- Poor hygiene
Acne occurs when sebaceous glands experience blockages. Sebaceous glands produce our natural oils and sebum. They can get blocked with sebum, grime, dirt, dead skin cells and more throughout the day.
Living with acne does not pose any health risks. But it can cause discomfort and pain. It can also open up the area to infection if scratched or bruised. Acne is most upsetting to most sufferers as it appears on the front of the face and is difficult to cover.
Protecting acne from the sun and harsh weather elements is essential. But using hair and makeup to cover it up can make it worse!
Hair has natural oils that add to the build-up in the pores and glands. Makeup sometimes has harsh chemicals that can aggravate and inflame the affected areas.
Acne is the outcome of various causes. The facial glands can become inflamed by outside factors like bacteria. But stress and internal physiological issues can also cause flare-ups on the skin.
HOW TO PREVENT ACNE
- Wash your hands to minimise the transfer of bacteria when you touch your face
- Keep a sanitiser in your bag or antibacterial wet wipes to keep your hands clean
- Try not to over-wash or wipe your face
- Check the side effects of the products you use with a healthcare professional
- Reduce your levels of stress
- Ensure to exercise at least three times a week
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Stick to a consistent sleep routine for at least 8 hours per day
- Check your hair products
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HOME REMEDIES FOR ACNE
You can manage acne at home. There are loads of pantry goods that can soothe the symptoms of acne. Always check for any allergies or side effects with a healthcare provider.
Do not do this too often, but salt scrubs help clean the skin’s surface of any impurities.
Mix Epsom salt with an oil, such as olive oil or almond oil, to form a loose paste. Gently apply the mixture as an all-over facemask or use only on acne-prone areas. Work the paste onto your skin delicately, using circular motions, for several minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Overuse can result in microtears on the skin and drying it out, so only do this once a week.
Make oatmeal with the usual recipe and let it cool. Apply it to the areas where you see acne. Keep the mixture on for around 15 mins – it will dry quickly. Let the oatmeal absorb and remove oil and bacteria. Oatmeal exfoliates dead skin cells at the same time.
WASH THE FACE OFTEN
Wash your face daily with a bar of hypoallergenic soap. Remember, cleanliness is step one in curing any acne and related conditions. We want to reduce extra oil and grime from the skin. Also, using a lot of makeup may clog pores and trigger breakouts. Always wash makeup off, especially before bedtime.
EXERCISE AND RELAX
As cortisol contributes to acne, try to incorporate things that make you feel great! Exercise is a great way to create endorphins.
HOW TO RESPOND TO ACNE
If your acne gets inflamed or seems infected (is oozing or wet or red and painful), consult a healthcare professional ASAP.
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