Have Tiny "Under-The-Skin Bumps" On Your Forehead?
By: Madeleine Woon
Ah, skin. Where would we be without you? A pile of flesh and bones, likely. While we can thank our skin for being the glue that *literally* holds us together, it’s not without its annoyances—a small but significant one being tiny under-the-skin forehead bumps. Not to be confused with milia, these bumps are actually another form of acne. If you’re nodding along at this point in recognition of these pint-sized but highly annoying bumps, you’ll be pleased to know treating them is easier when you know what you’re up against. And also, the reason they’ve decided to take up residence in the area above your brows.
There’s comedones, a.k.a. those small dots we know as blackheads and whiteheads; and pustules and papules, which take the form of either inflammatory red bumps or red mounds with white centers.
Because acne is the result of clogged pores, they can show up anywhere on the face where a pore is found. All breakouts start the same way: follicular occlusion (read: blocked follicles), oil or sebum in the clogged follicle, bacteria or fungus in the follicle, and inflammation. When these four things happen, breakouts can occur anywhere—in this case, the forehead. Below, a guide to permanently bidding adieu to these pesky under-the-skin pimps.
If you get little bumps on the forehead, regular exfoliating with a non-irritating chemical exfoliant is the key to keeping pores clean and clog-free. Debris, like dead skin cells, contribute to acne-causing bacteria in clogged pores, which is why exfoliating is so crucial to proper, blemish-free health. Might we suggest the PRESS REFRESH mask? Intended to be used twice-weekly, the feels-like-skin sheet mask is drenched in exfoliating acids (Hello, salicylic acid! Wyd, glycolic and lactic acids?) that help to unclog pores, refine uneven texture and treat acne-prone skin.
You Are What You Eat
While there’s differing schools of thought on the link between diet and acne, certain studies suggest that what you eat can play a significant role in acne development. Refined carbohydrates, dairy, fast food, omega-6 rich foods, chocolate and any foods that you might be sensitive to can all aggravate acne. Conversely, probiotics, green tea, turmeric, vitamin A, D, E and zinc, paleolithic-style diets and mediterranean-style diets might help to keep your skin blemish-free.
Avoiding Irritating Products
When it comes to reducing the occurrence of forehead zits, you’ll want to avoid anything oily or sticky that might make their way from your tresses into your pores. Also, keep your hair off your face as much as possible. (Bye, bangs!).
We know it’s excruciatingly tempting to try and pop your pimples, avoid picking at all costs. This is especially important for forehead zits, as they’re often just congested pores. Picking at them will have the opposite effect that you desire—aka bidding adieu forever—exacerbating irritation and scarring, and causing breakouts to worsen.
Still don't know when to pull out your GOO GETTER patches vs. KILLA patches? Click here for a simple zituation breakdown.