Red Bumps On Forhead

Often part of a medical diagnosis or definition of a dermatological condition, red bumps on forehead can indicate a variety of different conditions that require different forms of treatment.

Diagnosing Red Bumps on Forehead

As a fairly generic symptom, red bumps on forehead or anywhere else in the facial area can be an indicator of a variety of different illnesses, as well as different skin conditions or dermatological problems.

A dermatologist will take your symptom of red bumps on the forehead area and combine this with other differing behaviours, changes in appearance or different symptoms in order to reach an informed diagnosis of your condition.

The appearance of red bumps on the forehead, especially if itchy, painful or otherwise coinciding with other sudden symptoms, should be diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist as soon as your condition worsens, or if they remain for an extended period of time.

Causes of Red Bumps on Forehead

There are a variety of different conditions that may result from red bumps on forehead, or that this condition could be a symptom of. Because there are varying types of bumps, as well as different degrees of redness, self-diagnosing an ambiguous condition is best left to medical professionals such as doctors and dermatologists.

The following conditions list red bumps on the forehead as an indicator of illness or a symptom of the condition.

Acne as a cause for Red Bumps on Forehead

Resulting in raised red bumps and pimples all over the body, including the forehead area, these painful pimples are most likely to occur within the T-Zone area, of which the forehead is a part. Often taking the appearance of an entirely solid papule or bumps, in combination with pustules or pus-filled ‘whiteheads’, acne can lead to pain and uncomfortable bumps on the forehead and the rest of the face.

Often occurring following puberty, these red bumps occur in areas where sebum producing pores become clogged with dead skin cells, increased oil or simply dirt, resulting in the swollen bump that appears. Hormones, certain medications and even stress can increase the risk of acne occurring.

Treatment of Acne

Forehead acne can most commonly be caused by oily hair and hair products that clog the pores of the forehead, which then lead to breakouts of the condition. Treatment for this condition is available in a variety of different forms, including tea tree oils, aloe vera and green tea extract for natural solutions.

For more serious cases of red bumps on forehead caused by acne, a dermatologist or doctor may prescribe certain medications or topical treatments in order to reduce and prevent the reoccurrence of these painful pimples. This may include:

  • Retinoid medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Oral Contraceptives for Women
  • OTC Acne Cream
  • Zinc Cream
  • Benzoyl Peroxide

It’s advised not to pop pimples caused by acne, as this can lead to scarring, increased risk of infection or the reoccurrence of the red bumps on forehead.

Folliculitis as a cause of Red Bumps on Forehead

Whereas acne is a condition caused by the blockage or pores, folliculitis is the appearance of red bumps and even infected areas of skin due to the infection and blockage of hair follicles. This condition can be caused in a similar way to acne, and often appears where the hair touches the skin on the forehead and also from excessive sweating or dirt.

This condition is often caused by staph infections having access to small cuts or holes in the skin through the hair follicles, resulting in lesions and raised bumps that often have pus beneath them. Existing skin conditions such as eczema that lead to excesses of dead skin having access to the follicles may cause or worsen this condition overall.

Treatment of Folliculitis

Depending on the severity of the folliculitis, a doctor or dermatologist may take one of several routes. The first is the penetration and opening of the lesions themselves in a sterile environment to ensure they are drained and also to test for the type of bacteria that is within them.

Other forms of treatment may include the following forms of medicated care:

  • Prescribed antibacterial cleanser or face wash to keep the area hygienic
  • Topical antibiotic creams or lotions to aid in the removal of infection
  • Antibiotic pills

The best way to treat folliculitis and red bumps on forehead is to take care and prevent the condition from reoccurring repeatedly. This may involve treating existing skin conditions and improving the level of hygiene for the to day management of your skin. This could be using antibacterial face washes and soaps several times a day to ensure clean and clog-free follicles and skin.

Rosacea as a cause for Red Bumps on Forehead

Often categorised as a condition that causes increased reddening and a ‘blushing’ appearance of the skin, this condition is also known as adult acne and can result in the appearance of red bumps or pimples. However, unlike acne these red bumps on forehead don’t become whiteheads or blackheads, instead, they remain as bumps.

The forehead is a common area for this condition, as well as the cheeks and nose. This condition affects both light and dark skinned people, though it is less visible on dark skin. The cause of rosacea is unknown though increased blood flow triggers the condition and it often occurs from the age of 30 onwards.

Treatment for Rosacea

Treatment for this condition, including the red bumps on forehead, depends on the severity of the condition itself. There is no known cure for rosacea, and it can affect the whole of the face including the eyes. Minimising exposure to situations that will trigger or cause episodes of rosacea is an effective form of treatment, and these may include:

  • Reduction of time in the sunlight, and constant use of sunscreen of a high SPF
  • Reduced drinking of hot liquids such as coffees and teas as well as alcohol
  • Reduced consumption of spiced or spicy foods
  • Protection of the face with masks or scarves in cold weather
  • Use of facial products designed to be mild or for sensitive skin
  • Gel masks, cold compresses and massage of the face
  • Use of green-toned makeup to reduce appearance of redness

A medical professional, either a doctor or dermatologist, will be able to advise on the best course of treatment for your particular condition. However, the following treatments may be included in your care plan:

  • Nicomide medication for the reduction of redness
  • Antibiotics, either taken by mouth or used topically across the forehead and in other areas where red skin and bumps may appear
  • Isotretinoin for severe cases of rosacea
  • Surgical care and treatment with the use of lasers as well as electrocautery to reduce the visibility of any blood vessels as a result of rosacea.

Skin Irritation and Allergic Reaction as a cause of Red Bumps on Forehead

In addition to the above medical conditions that may cause red bumps on forehead, many times the appearance of this symptom can simply be a result of irritation of the skin, which may result in a rash.

This is particularly common in those with already sensitive skin, which can result in allergies to certain products or items. The appearance of this allergic reaction can include hives, which often have the appearance of red, raised areas of skin, as well as blistering.

Treatment of Allergic Reactions

A rash on the forehead could be a result of the use of makeup that the person is allergic to, as well as any hair products or hygiene items which may have contact with the forehead. In these cases, if the person stops using the product causing the allergic reaction, their symptoms will lessen and go away over time.

However, in some cases, the condition of the person with red bumps on forehead will continue to worsen, at which point they may need medical treatment from a doctor or dermatologist, or in extreme cases urgent medical help.

Reading labels of new products and understanding personal allergies and sensitivities can help to reduce the reoccurrence of red bumps on forehead that is caused by an allergic response.