Forehead acne is a frustrating condition that can often be difficult to control. Both teenagers and adults alike can struggle with this skin condition, and it often leads to long-term scarring. At Vibrant Dermatology in Dedham, MA, we offer various acne treatment options to help get your breakouts under control and heal any acne scarring that may be present from past breakouts.
In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss the available acne and acne scar removal treatments that are available as well as explore the causes of forehead acne and methods for preventing future breakouts. Acne is a problem that you don’t have to tackle on your own. Having the right dermatologist can make all the difference.
What Are the Causes of Forehead Acne?
Whether your acne is most prevalent on your forehead or on other areas of your face or body, the cause of acne is typically the same. It often starts with the production of excess oil by your sebaceous glands. When too much oil is produced, it can mix with any dead skin cells that have accumulated on your forehead.
This mixture of sebum and dead skin cells can block the hair follicles, also known as pores. This in itself can cause certain types of non-inflammatory acne. But when the sebum and dead skin cells are mixed with bacteria, it can create painful and swollen types of acne which are more prone to producing scars as a result of damaged tissue.
Some of the causes of excess oil production can include hormonal changes which often happen during puberty, menstrual cycles, or pregnancy, a skincare routine that isn’t well-suited to your skin type, certain diet and lifestyle habits, and genetics. By finding the specific causes that are contributing to your forehead acne, we can tailor a treatment plan that can help address your unique concerns.
What Are the Treatment Options for Forehead Acne?
At our clinic, we offer a comprehensive range of effective treatment options to help you combat your forehead acne. We will develop a personalized treatment plan that may include one or more of the following treatments:
This laser is able to treat forehead acne by getting at the root cause: sebum production. Without damaging the surrounding skin, the NeoClear laser is able to target the sebaceous glands in your skin, making them smaller so that they produce less oil.
This laser can also help to calm down inflammation in the skin to resolve acne breakouts with less scarring. It can also kill any existing bacteria on the skin. The NeoClear laser offers some of the best results, and you can avoid invasive forehead acne treatments.
Chemical peels are forehead acne treatments that remove the top layers of skin using customized chemical solutions. This exfoliates the skin and removes all the dead skin cells, reduces the number of clogs you get on your skin, and improves overall texture.
Some patients may need prescription-strength topical creams to help keep the pores unclogged and reduce inflammation.
Oral medications can also be helpful for acne treatment options in more severe cases of forehead acne. If you have cystic acne, we may include this treatment as part of our recommendations.
If you have current acne lesions, careful professional extraction can help to remove the contents of the cyst to promote healing and prevent scarring. However, this should only be performed by a dermatologist as self-extraction may lead to scarring.
Preventing Further Breakouts of Forehead Acne
During your acne treatment plan, there is a lot that you can do at home to help prevent future acne breakouts. By implementing a few lifestyle changes, you can promote clear and healthy skin.
- Maintain a Consistent Skincare Routine: When you visit our clinic, we can recommend or prescribe products specifically chosen to benefit your skin.
- Avoid Touching Your Face: Touching your face can transfer bacteria and oil from your fingers to your forehead which can increase breakouts. Additionally, picking or extracting pimples yourself can worsen inflammation and cause scarring.
- Manage Your Stress: Chronic stress is a common cause of acne breakouts as it can trigger hormonal imbalances. You can incorporate calming activities that reduce stress into your routine such as exercise or favorite hobbies.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet: A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help to promote healthy skin. Limit sugary, processed foods that could be contributing to inflammation in your skin.
- Use Sunscreen: One myth is that sunshine can help reduce acne. However, direct sun exposure can actually contribute to breakouts. Use a sunscreen that is good for acne-prone skin to protect it any time you are outside.
Acne Scar Treatments
If you have acne scarring on your forehead or elsewhere from previous acne breakouts, we also have a range of acne scar treatments. Any service that helps to promote collagen production can help. This includes our laser treatments as well as RF microneedling, chemical peels, and IPL treatments. We will take a look at your skin and then recommend the treatment that can best address your type of acne scarring.
Treat and Prevent Forehead Acne With Our Services in Dedham, MA
At Vibrant Dermatology, we provide comprehensive services for patients who are struggling with both acne and acne scarring on their forehead. If you are seeking services such as acne treatments or acne scar removal, we would be happy to schedule a consultation with you. You can schedule forehead acne services in Dedham, MA, by calling (781) 708-9299 or by reaching out online.