How to get rid of small bumps on forehead?
January 16, 2008 6:15 PM   Subscribe

I seem to have a perpetual set of quite small, flesh-colored or slightly red, acne-like bumps on my forehead. These are not too obvious (though they show when I tilt my forehead in the light as imperfections in the skin), and don't look grotesque or anything. They are not pus-filled nor do they hurt when touched. How do I make them go away? Daily face-washing doesn't do much, and the one time I had a facial didn't really help either.
posted by Malad to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Do you have bangs? Sometimes your own hair will cause that situation. Try sweeping your hair out of your face and see if they go away.
posted by 45moore45 at 6:19 PM on January 16, 2008

Apply mild, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic lotion, every day, after washing. Neutrogena or Cetaphil lotion are great choices. Weekly facial scrub, too (Neutrogena, again).

Also, drink lots of water.
posted by iamkimiam at 6:21 PM on January 16, 2008

Go see a dermatologist - You could make your condition worse by trying to treat it yourself.
posted by inquisitrix at 6:35 PM on January 16, 2008 [1 favorite]

I had a friend with something similar. When she went to the dermatologist thinking she had acne, she found out they were actually very tiny warts. I don't know what the treatment was, but I think it was fairly simple.
posted by pitseleh at 6:39 PM on January 16, 2008

Oxy10 wash - really, it works for this. Give it a try.
posted by caddis at 6:42 PM on January 16, 2008

Do they look at all like this? If so, it could be milia. They're harmless, but usually the kind of extractions you get during a facial aren't enough to get rid of them. A dermatologist can do it with very little discomfort, if any.
posted by Evangeline at 6:42 PM on January 16, 2008

Maybe keratosis pilaris? I have it on my arms, but apparently it can be mistaken for acne if it's on the face.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:53 PM on January 16, 2008

further, they are not acne, but I think the oil and hair cause an irritation and oxy10 wash dries out the skin a bit, well that is my theory
posted by caddis at 6:54 PM on January 16, 2008

I have had the same thing and use an apricot facial scrub twice a week or so.
posted by mmf at 7:43 PM on January 16, 2008

See your friendly neighborhood dermatologist. It could be just about anything. They could be sebaceous hyperplasia, (benignly) overgrown oil glands, and can be lasered or electro-zapped or just left alone. But really, there are so many things it could be. In my experience even dermatologists are usually guessing. I only mention sb because the forehead is one of their favorite haunts and because you say they are flesh colored, don't pop, don't hurt, and are seemingly permanent. But that still doesn't narrow it down quite enough.
posted by Bravely Anonymous at 10:23 PM on January 16, 2008

A trip to the dermatologist it is. Thanks, everyone!
posted by Malad at 6:01 AM on January 17, 2008

I'm going to agree with pitseleh- sounds like "flat warts." These never get big like common warts and from my experience (I had a "rash" of them o the back of my hand), they eventually go away by themselves... of course that's what they say about common warts too and I have a few that have been sticking around for 4 years and counting now, so.....
posted by ethnomethodologist at 9:42 AM on January 17, 2008

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