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Got pimples on your forehead? There’s no doubt they can affect your self-esteem, mostly because it’s nearly impossible to conceal them. The worst part? You never only have one pimple. What do you do when a whole barangay of zits starts living rent-free on your forehead? You may resort to covering them up with a cap or some bangs, but doing these will only make things worse. Unfortunately, zits don’t respond to shortcuts. You must observe the following habits every day to eliminate those pesky bumps.

Wash Your Face With an Oil-Busting Cleanser

Clogged pores are the root of all breakouts and sebum is the glue that binds impurities to your skin. Your forehead is especially prone to this because it’s the closest to your hairline, which can carry comedogenic substances from your shampoo or styling products. It’s also the most exposed to the sun, which can trigger excessive oil production by drying out your skin.

Switching to a cleanser specifically formulated for (along with healthy lifestyle and grooming habits) can help keep your pores clear and manage breakouts. POND'S Men Facial Wash Acne Solution is the first facial wash with the patented Lock & Clear Technology that’s proven to beat acne in three days. Use this bacteria and sebum-fighter to keep pimples on forehead in check! If you don’t get rid of that oil, no one else will!

Stop Over-Exfoliating Your Skin

Almost every acne product for men contains microbeads, but this doesn’t mean you have to use them every day. While you do need to exfoliate your skin, you should do so gently, especially if your pimples are inflamed. Excessive scrubbing can also strip the skin of too much oil, which can trick your sebaceous glands into producing even more oil. Limit your exfoliation to once or twice a week.

Keep Your Hats and Caps Clean

When was the last time you washed your favorite cap? Don’t worry if you’re guilty of this one because everyone is. Your hats come into contact with oils, sweat, and products on your hair, which can transfer onto your skin and result in pimples on your forehead, but this is an easy fix. Simply avoid re-wearing your hats, especially if you tend to .

Change Your Sheets and Pillowcases Weekly

That said, anything that touches your skin should be washed regularly. Your sheets and pillowcases also accumulate dirt, dead skin, and oils that can clog the pores on your face. Make sure to change them at least every three to four days. Wipe down high-traffic surfaces like your , laptop keyboard, and mobile phone. Oh, and stop touching your face!

Get Rid of Sweat ASAP

If you exercise regularly, you know not to sit around in sweaty clothes. But you may be overlooking the fact that your face perspires, too! Wash your face with an acne-fighting cleanser immediately after a workout to keep your pores clear and prevent breakouts. And no, standing under the shower does not count.

Give Hair Products a Rest

contain oils that can clog your pores and lead to pimples on your forehead. If your zits aren’t going away despite your best efforts, it’s time to assess your hair care routine. Give your gels and waxes a rest for at least two weeks and see what happens. If your acne clears, you should consider switching to non-comedogenic products for your hair.

Consult a Dermatologist

Finally, don’t hesitate to consult a dermatologist! If you’ve never been to one before, know that they won’t judge you for having pimples on your forehead or anywhere else. Talk to them and be honest about your concerns – and your bad habits. They can help you improve your skincare routine and tailor it to your needs.