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How to Stop an Oily Forehead

author image Toby Pendergrass
Toby Pendergrass began writing and editing in 1998. He has served as editor for numerous custom health publications and physician journals. His work has appeared in publications such as Hospital Corporation of America's "YOU." He enjoys writing about cardiology and cancer care and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
How to Stop an Oily Forehead
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Your body’s overproduction of a shiny substance called sebum is the most common reason for oily skin on your forehead. While an oily forehead often causes self-esteem issues and discomfort, you can take several steps to relieve the condition and restore a healthy appearance to your skin. Check with your doctor prior to considering any home remedy for a skin problem.

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Step 1

Stay clean. Washing your face gently in the morning and evening with regular soap and warm water often relieves excess oil on your forehead. Soap that contains fragrance or dye may worsen your condition.

Step 2

Explore the benefits of moisturizers. Most drugstores offer water-based moisturizers that help restore a normal appearance to an oily forehead after washing. Products that carry the noncomedogenic label are designed to prevent clogged pores and typically offer the best results.

Step 3

Review your cosmetics. Your risk for an oily forehead lessens when you use cosmetics that don’t contain oil or are labeled as water-based. Powders are typically safer on sensitive skin than creams and should be removed prior to sleep.

Step 4

Ask about astringents. Your pharmacist can likely recommend nonprescription astringent pads to help keep your forehead clean and oil-free if regular washing triggers irritation or dryness.

Step 5

Relax often. Stress may trigger excess oil on your forehead. Listening to your favorite music, practicing yoga or getting a massage are all ways to add more relaxation into your life.

Step 6

Check the cleanser section. Many over-the-counter cleansers are designed to remedy oily skin when used twice daily.

Step 7

Choose the convenient option. Oil-blotting papers offer a quick solution to reduce oil on your forehead during work or lunch with friends.

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