Spots on your forehead - why do you get them? How to get rid of them

Last updated: 17/4/2023

Most of us, regardless of gender and age, will, at some point, get spots on our foreheads. It is an common condition that can be linked to stress, poor diet and hormones. Luckily, there are some simple tips and tricks that can be used to treat spots in the forehead.

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Read by Anne Thestrup Meimbresse

Anne, Varde Pharmacy
Anne has a MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Southern Denmark and has worked as a pharmacist at the Varde pharmacy for several years. Here she advises both costumers and doctors about the correct use of medical products.

What are spots on the forehead? 

At some point, most of us will get spots on their foreheads. With some it may be with spots on the rest of the face, while others will only get spots on their foreheads. Although the condition is irritating, it is quite common and harmless.

Why you get spots on your forehead – the medical explanation

Spots on the forehead occur due to the skin bacteria Propionebacterum acnes that feed on the skin’s sebum. When sebum is broken down by the bacteria, waste substances and fatty acids are formed. These irritate the sebaceous gland, and this can result in inflammation.

First, you will see small sore and red bumps, which can develop into actual spots with a yellowish center. This is quite common, and for most, the spots are gone in a few days. Other times it can take several weeks depending on the severity of the outbreak.

What do spots on the forehead look like?

Breakouts on the forehead can appear very differently. For some it will be blackheads, others will get small white blackheads, while some will develop a raised rash like patch – common to all of them, however, is that it is perfectly normal.

Spots on the forehead can develop both under the skin and on the surface. A typical spot is red, swollen and can be filled with yellow pus. But spots also form deeper down in the skin and appear as a small bump on the skin that can be red and sore.

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Causes of spots in the forehead

There can be many different reasons why some people tend to get spots on their foreheads. The truth is that a great many will be affected by congested skin or small spots on the forehead at some point. This is because the forehead produces more oil than the skin on the rest of the face, creating the ideal conditions for spots in the forehead to develop.

But there are many different reasons why you can get spots on your forehead.

Pimples in the forehead may occur due to:


You may be more genetically prone to getting spots on your forehead. Your genetics can influence many things and one of these is whether you may or may not be affected by congested skin or acne. So, if one of your parents has had to acne or spots, you are more likely to be prone to it too. Often oily skin and congested skin are linked, in which case it is even more important to have a good skin care routine.


Many of us get spots on their foreheads during puberty, this is because the body produces more of the male sex hormone androgen during this time – this affects both men and women.

Hormones have a lot of influence on the state of your skin. When your hormones are unbalanced for one reason or another, it affects the condition of your skin. This is why many pregnant women are affected by congested skin.


When you are stressed, it is not only psychological, you can feel it physically – it will often also affect the condition of your skin. Stress leads to inflammation in the body and it can result in spots. At the same time, many people work extra hard when stressed and when the body is doing overtime, it can result in spots on the forehead.

Oily hair and scalp

You often get spots on the forehead because more oil is produced in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). If your hair is oily it can also contribute to having spots. The oil from your hair can be transferred to your forehead resulting in clogged pores and congested skin. To prevent this, use the right products for your hair so that it does not get greasy.

If you are looking for a shampoo that effectively prevents greasy hair and an oily scalp? Then try our popular Hair Clean shampoo.

Clogged pores in the T zone

Your pores are often more evident in the T-zone - nose, forehead and chin. This is because the pores here can often become clogged with a black substance – what we know as blackheads.

Blackheads occur because the skin overproduces sebum, they can be small, large or appear as small bumps that can develop into full spots with yellowish pus in the center. If you want to avoid blackheads in the T-zone you should keep your skin well cleansed with a product such as Face Wash from Australian Bodycare.

Poor diet

It is always good to eat healthy and varied diet, as this gives your body the best conditions. You've probably heard before that fast food and fatty (unhealthy) food can cause pimples, but that's not necessarily quite right – there's certainly no research that puts a direct link between poor diet and pimples in the forehead.

That said, it is proven that dairy products can help to give pimples in the pan. This is far from the case for everyone, but if you die a lot with pimples in your forehead, you can experiment with cutting cow's milk out of your diet, for example.

Hats and hair products

Your skin may be affected from within, for example, by hormones, but it is also affected from the outside, if you often wear a hat or wax in your hair, this may cause spots on your forehead.

Hair wax and other hair products can rub off on the skin, exposing it to irritation, additional oil and bacteria – a perfect recipe for clogged pores. The same broadly applies to headgear. If you like to wear a hat, cap or scarf regularly, it is important that you wash it often so that you don’t expose your skin to the dirt that can build up in it.

Also, you should pay attention to the material of your headgear. Fabrics such as polyester do not allow the skin to breathe and this can cause clogged pores. Instead, choose natural breathable materials like wool, cotton and silk.

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Products for the treatment of spots on the forehead 

Spots on the forehead appear more frequently because this is often an area where the skin produces more oil and sebum. The pores in the forehead can quickly become clogged causing spots or congested skin to form.

If you are suffering with spots on your forehead, you can see if you can change some of your habits – and most importantly, you should make sure you have a good skincare routine.

Many believe that spots and oily skin are always linked, and so many people use too powerful products that strip the skin of its natural oils. This may seem like a good idea, but when you remove all the natural oils, the skin will instead just start to overcompensate and produce even more oil.

Not sure of the best way to take care of your skin to avoid spots on your forehead? Below there is a complete guide to the best skin care routine to prevent spots and maintain a clear and healthy skin.

Avoid spots on your forehead - Cleanse your skin morning and evening

If you want to avoid spots on your forehead, it is important that you have a good skincare routine that you follow morning and evening. In this way, you will keep your skin in the best condition and prevent and treat congested skin on the forehead.

Below is a bespoke skincare routine to get rid of spots and prevent them from returning in the future – if you want to see great results from your skincare routine, it is important that you follow it and cleanse your skin both morning and evening.

Step: 1 - Facewash

The first step of your skin care routine is to cleanse your face. Australian Bodycare Face Wash is specially developed to prevent spots and blackheads by inhibiting bacteria growth and balancing the skin’s sebum production.

For best effect use both morning and evening. If you wear makeup, it is a good idea to use a make-up remover prior to cleansing the skin with Face Wash ash from Australian Bodycare.

Step: 2 - Face Tonic

Once you have cleansed your skin, you can go straight to face cream – but many with congested skin like to supplement their routine with a skin tonic.

For this you can use Australian Bodycare Face Tonic. The tonic deep cleanses the skin and adds moisture. It is alcohol free, so it can be used on both oily and sensitive skins.

Step: 3 - Face Cream

After applying the Face Tonic, your skin is ready to be moisturised. Here you can use Australian Bodycare Face Cream containing nurturing ingredients for congested, dry and irritated skin.

The face cream deeply nourishes your skin and prevents spots and blackheads from forming – it is so mild that it can be used on all skin types - dry, oily and sensitive skin.

Step: 4 - Face mask

The most important thing you can do to combat congested skin and spots on your forehead is to maintain a good daily skincare routine – sometimes you might need to take some additional action when your skin needs extra care.

One thing you can do is to apply a face mask that is specially designed for your skin regularly. Why not try a deep cleansing clay mask to reduce and prevent spots on your forehead  – if you treat your skin to a deep-cleansing clay mask once a week, it will keep the skin’s sebum production in balance.

Cleansing face mask for congested and oily skin

Deep cleansing clay mask for men and women, to get rid of blackheads and pimples


Step 5: Spot Stick

Our spot stick will quickly and effectively stop any outbreaks or spots in the forehead. This is your first call for outbreaks, spots and congested skin.

Spot stick from Australian Bodycare - use directly on the area where you have congested skin or spots on your forehead. You can use it anytime during the day or evening before going to bed – it can also be applied under makeup.

What else can you do to prevent spots on your forehead? 

Are you prone stubborn spots on your forehead? Here are some tips you can use as well as your skincare routine.

5 tips for spots on the forehead:

  1. Do you have oily hair? This can encourage spots to form on your forehead. Use a mild shampoo that allows you to wash your hair often without stripping the hair of nutrients and oils. Remember to be careful and try not to let hair products get onto your forehead.
  2. Keep your fingers away from your face. There are many oils and bacteria on our fingers. So try to be careful not to touch your face, so that the oils and bacteria are not transferred.
  3. It is tempting to squeeze spots - this is not recommended. When you squeeze a spot, bacteria enter the open pores, which can lead to inflammation or in the worst case, scars. If it is impossible to keep your fingers away, do it correctly. Disinfect the area both before and after - for example, with a spot stick, this will help prevent the bacteria on your skin from getting into the effected area.
  4. Remove your makeup properly every night. If you don't remove your makeup, it will clog your pores, and it creates even more spots. Try not to use too much makeup so that your skin can breathe.
  5. If you often wear a hat, head scarf or cap, this can be a cause of spots on the forehead. It blocks the oxygen supply to the area, and if they are not washed frequently, dirt and bacteria from the hat can be transferred to your forehead.

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