If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it is that it is very disturbing to see small bumps appearing on your forehead. No forewarning or memo, just a cluster or spread of reddish, whitish, or even blackish bumps that seem to sprout from under the skin. These small bumps can affect your plans and your mood but, it is time to take back your power. Here is all you need to know about small bumps on your forehead -and how to get rid of them!
What Causes Small Bumps on the Forehead?
Although they mostly occur in oily skin, there are other factors that may contribute to small bumps on the forehead. Skin breakouts are usually caused by follicular occlusion, bacteria or fungus in the follicle, oil or sebum accumulation in clogged follicles, and inflammation.
They may also be caused by pollution, skincare products that do not fit skin type, and poor skin care habits. Acne and pimples are some of the most common causes of small bumps on the skin, particularly in the T-zone area which includes the forehead.
But other skin conditions may lead to the appearance of small bumps, and they include;
Milia, also known as milk spots, may appear as small white forehead bumps. They are pimple-like cysts that occur when dead skin cells build up and are trapped under the skin.
The dead skin cells begin to form clusters on the face and they are usually firm, dome-shaped, and can look white or yellow. Milia can also be primary, where the clusters show up on the forehead, eyelids, cheeks, and genitals, or secondary, where milia develop as damaged skin heals.
As mentioned earlier, acne may be one of the causes of small bumps on the forehead. Acne occurs when dead skin cells mix with the skin’s natural oils and clog pores, which then appear as spots and bumps on the skin.
Folliculitis is an infection that may appear as small bumps on the forehead when damaged follicles allow bacteria to enter under the skin. These bumps can be easily mistaken for acne and they are typically itchy or tender, with red rings around them.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial redness and bumpy skin on the face. It is most common in people with fair skin and is characterized by acne-like papules and pustules, thickening skin, visible red blood vessels, dry and itchy eyes, and vision problems.
Contact dermatitis is a form of skin reaction that occurs when the skin comes in contact with an irritating substance. It can cause the skin to become red or swollen, as small, itchy red bumps appear. Contact dermatitis may occur as a side effect of using some skincare products.
How to Get Rid of Small Bumps on the Forehead (Home Remedies)
To treat small bumps on your forehead, which do not appear to be drastic or seriously damaging to your skin, you can try out any of these methods.
Cleansing Your Face
One of the basic components of any skincare routine is a cleanser, and that’s for very important reasons. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser can help to remove excess oil, sweat, and other debris from your skin, which would help you get rid of the small bumps on your forehead faster.
You can get a cleanser that is best suited for your skin type and the condition of your small bumps.
After using a cleanser to wash your face, you should massage your face with a soothing cream to treat bumps and irritations by keeping your skin hydrated.
When picking a moisturizing cream or lotion, ensure that it is non-comedogenic and does not contain oil so that it won’t clog your pores, thereby delaying your treatment.
Lime juice is one the best and most effective ways to get rid of small bumps on the forehead, you just have to put up with a slight burn.
Apply freshly-squeezed lime juice to the affected areas on your forehead and leave it on for about five minutes before rinsing it off. The juice helps to dry out the area and clear the bumps.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another proven treatment for small bumps on the forehead. Apply two drops of tea tree oil over the bumps and it will destroy any causative bacteria with its antibiotic properties.
Ensure that the tea tree oil brand is reputable and get only quality, natural tea tree oil to treat small bumps.
You can make a forehead mask with almond powder, gram flour, and turmeric. Mix the almond powder and gram flour in equal proportions, add a pinch of turmeric, and add water to make the mixture into a paste.
Apply the paste over the affected area and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. You can also mix some black pepper with water (add yogurt or rose water optionally), apply it to the small bumps, and leave it to dry.
Be sure to avoid getting any mixtures into your eyes to prevent irritation or damage.
Other Ways to Get Rid of Small Bumps on the Forehead
If your small bumps do not leave after using any of the above-mentioned home remedies, you can visit a doctor or dermatology specialist. Other methods they may recommend include;
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
You can get medicated creams or gels that contain components like salicylic acid, retinoids, and azelaic acid from certified pharmacies, as well as antifungal and anti-itch creams, and antihistamine pills. Differin is also a powerful retinoid that can help to prevent future acne bumps.
Topical or oral medication recommended by a doctor is stronger than OTC medication, and if your small bumps remain after home remedies, you may want to consider getting a prescription.
Prescribed medication may include antifungal medication, antibiotics, and potent topical retinoids and corticosteroids.
In dire cases, your doctor may suggest intense medical treatments like laser therapy, chemical peel, and extractions.
These skin conditions and their triggers are some of the most common causes of small bumps on the forehead. If you have small bumps that do/do not look like any of these described, it may be best to consult with a dermatologist before using any of the methods to get rid of small bumps on the forehead.