Tiny Bumps on Forehead: Why and What to Do

Your face is what people see first when they meet you. You want to put your "best face forward" because this is the first impression you're creating. Thus, having blemishes on your face are very unsightly and very difficult to conceal from others, compared to when they occur on other parts of the body. Some people who have tiny bumps on the forehead are lucky enough to manipulate their hairstyle to help conceal these blemishes, like having bangs to cover them.

Why Do I Have Tiny Bumps on Forehead?

What causes these unappealing bumps on the forehead that have you adopting a hat fetish?

1. Clogged Pores

The forehead is part of the oily T-zone that is found in many people who have medium to oily skins. This is the primary reason for blemishes to occur in this area. The excess production of sebum clogs pores that appear as tiny bumps on the forehead. The forehead is also an area where dust, grime or dandruff from the hair can accumulate. These particles can clog the pores. People who wear hats or bike helmets are also more susceptible to this condition. Sweat, grime and dust can build up on these objects because they are not cleaned regularly.

2. Allergies

Sometimes your skincare or hair care products could create an allergy, which resembles tiny bumps on forehead. This can be due to an inflammatory response and appear red. Insect bites could also be the culprit.

3. Too Much Exfoliation

Many skincare experts advise to exfoliate problem areas on the skin to remove dead skin and minimize clogged pores to improve the texture of the skin. However, too much exfoliation can actually irritate the skin and the result will be tiny bumps on the forehead.

4. Heat Rash

Heat rash can cause tiny bumps on the forehead. With excessive heat and humidity, a person can sweat excessively. The extreme perspiration increases the chances of a bacterial infection that will cause blemishes on the forehead. Children often exhibit this in hot weather. They have underdeveloped sweat glands. Heat rash is itchy and prone to infection when the area is scratched. Use cold compresses applied to the area or items like aloe vera and baking soda to relieve the inflammation.

5. Hormonal Changes

Many women get these little bumps before their periods come. Even though it is difficult to treat, some medicines are available to regulate hormone. Every woman is different, so consult your doctor.

When to See a Doctor

There are some serious medical conditions that are often accompanied by tiny bumps on forehead. Anyone of these conditions needs urgent medical care:

  • Erythema multiforme–severe type of skin allergic reaction
  • Allergic purpura–bleeding disorder that is autoimmune in nature
  • Toxic skin necrolysis–some medications can cause a severe reaction in the body by causing loss of skin and mucosa.

If any of the following symptoms occur in addition to forehead pimples, seek urgent medical care:

  • Stiff neck
  • Breathing difficulties–either shortness of breath, wheezing, choking, etc.
  • Passing out or a decrease in the level of wakefulness
  • A feeling of chest tightness or pressure around the chest area
  • Skin rash on the face and neck
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat
  • Bad headache
  • Any swelling in the facial region, such as tongue or lips

How to Get Rid of Tiny Bumps on Forehead

1. Use Steam to Open the Pores

Pores on the forehead that are clogged with oil, grime and dead skin cells can be cleared by applying a gentle steam to the area. This can be done about twice a month to keep the pores clean and clear. There are special machines available commercially for this purpose. If you do not have the steamer, you can place hot, steaming water into a bowl, hold your face over the surface of the water and use a towel to cover your head to allow the steam to buildup on your face. Hold this position for a few minutes to allow the pores to open. The face can then be cleansed thoroughly.

2. Eat a Balanced Diet

Rethink the foods you are eating and drink plenty of water. Your diet should comprise more of green, leafy vegetables and fruit. Avoid too many processed and high in-sugar types of foods.

3. Eliminate Excessive Oil

Too much oil on skin can cause clogged pores and acne. Use a facial cleanse for oily skin and wash your face regularly to avoid a buildup of oil.

4. Change Your Medicines

If you suspect your medication is causing your tiny bumps on forehead, speak to your doctor. The medicine may be changed to suit you better and avoid the acne.

5. Reduce Stress Levels

Minimize your stress levels by exercising regularly, learning to meditate or trying yoga. When the stress levels decrease, it is possible the pimples will also decrease.

6. Pay Attention to Your Headwear

Keep your headgear clean by washing regularly or wear a bandana before wearing the helmet. To avoid direct contact of the hat to your forehead, place a clean cloth between your forehead and the hat.

7. Try Some Natural Remedies

Tea tree oil can be used to treat acne on your forehead for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Put two drops of tea tree oil on a cotton pad and dab it on your acne. You can also try aloe vera and witch hazel to soothe your skin and prevent further clogging. 

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