Pimples on forehead: What are the Causes & Treatments?

pimples on forehead

Pimples can appear anywhere in your body, but some areas are a bit more acne-prone. How hard you try, they keep reappearing, and it can get extremely frustrating to get rid of them. One such area where you may notice pimples frequently is the forehead. We’ll discuss forehead acne, its causes, and how to prevent them. 

What are Pimples?

When the pores on your forehead get clogged with dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells, bacteria grow inside, creating swollen bumps called pimples.

Different Types of Pimples 

Papules and Pustules 

A papule resembles a small red bump that doesn’t have a white or yellow centre of pus. With pus gathering in papules, it converts into pustules. 

Whiteheads & Blackheads

Blackheads appear as red bumps with a dark spot on top. It occurs when the pore stays open and the material blocking it gets exposed to the air. Consequently, the oxidation leads to a dark colour. On the other hand, if the irritated pore closes after being blocked, it turns into a white or flesh-coloured bump known as a whitehead. 

Nodules & Cysts

Pimples deep below your skin’s surface, appearing as red bumps larger than your typical blemishes, are known as nodules. They are a bit hard to touch, whereas cysts often feel softer as they consist of fluid. If you don’t treat them in time, it can cause scarring. You may need medical help for them. These usually require a doctor’s care. 

What Causes Pimples on Forehead?

Factors that make you more likely to get pimples on your forehead are as follows:

Pimples on Forehead Due to Hormonal Imbalances 

Hormonal imbalance during puberty increases oil production, which leads to pimples on the forehead. 

Your Hair Can Cause Pimples

Your hair can be the primary source of pimples on the forehead. If you’re not washing your hair often enough or have oily hair, the oil and dandruff can deposit on your forehead and clog pores there.

Pimples Due to Stress


Stress can also cause pimples and often the root cause of the majority of skin problems.

A Few Other Factors that Can Lead to Pimples on Forehead

  • Infected Hair Follicle
  • Skin Infections
  • Allergic to Some Substance
  • Fungal Infection
  • Skin Condition like Rosacea 

How To Prevent Pimples on  Forehead?

  • A good skincare routine is a must! Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. 
  • It helps remove built-up dirt & excess oil from your skin. 
  • Avoid scrubbing your face as it can worsen your condition. 
  • Wash your hair frequently to ensure it stays clean. Do not wait for your hair to get greasy.
  • Tie your hair up; keep your hair away from your forehead as much as possible. 
  • Do not touch your pimples or your skin with dirty hands.
  • Choose products that are light and do not clog your pores.
  • Never use products that contain alcohol as it can aggravate pimples. 

Your Pimples Don’t Determine Your Beauty

Pimples on the forehead or any other area in your body can be annoying. Some people even face self-esteem issues because of pimples. It can be challenging for someone to be constantly reminded or asked about their pimples. However, remember that it’s okay to have pimples, and there are ways to prevent it too. Ignore every form of negativity and head straight to your dermatologist, who can share the proper diagnosis and treatment.


Is it Okay to pop/pick pimples?

No, you should never pop pimples no matter what. Doing so can lead to severe infections. It may take longer to heal and sometimes leave behind a permanent scar.

Does drinking water help acne?

Your water intake plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin. It helps get rid of toxins, hydrates your skin and helps keep pores clean.

How to get rid of pimples in one day?

Overnight, one day or instant results often don’t work for health or skin-related issues as things take time. There surely could be exceptions, but they are quite rare. Hence, do not rush; allow the treatment/product to do its job. Do speak to a doctor for suggesting the best treatment and guidance.



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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.