How to Prevent an Oily Forehead
An oily forehead is a common characteristic for oily or combination skin types. Whether you seem to always have an oily forehead or are looking to combat excess shine in the summer months, learn more about what causes oily skin and how you help control shine for balanced, healthier-looking skin.
What causes an oily forehead?
When your skin produces excess sebum (or oil), your forehead and other parts of your face can appear shiny or oily. While skin may produce excess oil for a variety of reasons, stress, fluctuating hormones, genetics, and humidity are common factors. Contrary to popular belief, diet has little – if anything – to do with excess oil production. However, damage from UV rays, harsh exfoliants and other irritants can all stimulate skin to produce excess sebum.
How can you help prevent an oily forehead?
Since you cannot change your skin type, help prevent excess shine by starting a skincare routine for oily skin. In addition to proper skincare, avoid excessively touching your face which can transfer dirt and impurities to skin as well as cause skin to produce more oil. Taking care of your hair is also an important step in helping prevent an oily forehead – especially if you have bangs. In the same way that certain skincare formulas may cause skin to feel oily or greasy, hair products that may come in contact with your forehead can also cause skin to look extra oily.
Why is skin sometimes oily on your forehead but dry on your cheeks?
While oily skin types experience excess oil and shine all over, many people have an oily forehead or nose but experience drier skin in other areas. This skin type, known as combination skin tends to have oily patches in the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin), but is drier in other areas like the cheeks and jawline. Combination skin types may also notice that the centre of their forehead is oilier while the outer areas feel a bit drier. If you have combination skin, it is essential to find skincare formulas that can target excess oil without over-drying your skin. Use a routine for combination skin to help keep skin visibly balanced and shine-free.
Does an oily forehead cause blemishes?
When skin produces excess sebum, impurities like dirt and debris can often become trapped within the pore. These clogged pores can turn into blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes. While excess oil production does not necessarily mean your skin will develop imperfections, oily skin types are often blemish-prone and need a routine that can target shine and help reduce oil. Learn more about how to prevent and treat clogged pores.