Chances are good that at some point you found acne between your eyebrows. Last year was quite the journey of skin care and body care for most of us. Whether you’ve bet on makeup to mask rashes, tried new skincare products, or just paid attention to the eyebrow area in your skincare routine, you’ve probably learned that acne between the eyebrows can be an absolute pain that needs to be treated. And although there is no way to get rid of these annoying imperfections overnight, there are ways to control the area of your eyebrows. Part of the treatment of acne between the eyebrows begins with understanding its causes. Keep reading to learn more about eyebrow acne, as well as our tips to help you get your complexion in order.
What Causes Acne Between The Eyebrows?
It turns out that there are many possible causes of acne between the eyebrows. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne can be caused by hair follicles or pores that are clogged by excess sebum and dead skin cells. They also share that bacteria on our skin can sometimes enter clogged pores, which can cause imperfections to multiply. In addition, the Mayo Clinic shows that certain medications, stress, hormonal changes and your diet could play a role in the development of acne.
But one of the main culprits of acne growing between the eyebrows is none other than your hair. If you work with certain hairstyles that are on your eyebrows, such as bangs, you can clog your eyebrows with dirt and oil from your hair care products. Not to mention, facial and eyebrow makeup that is not removed properly can also lead to acne. And if you wear glasses and the deck sits near your eyebrows, regularly cleaning your specs could also be a potential culprit.
How To Treat Acne Between The Eyebrows
If acne between your eyebrows has slowed your mood, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Below, we’ve compiled 11 of our favorite skincare tips to help you regain your complexion.
1. Use the Right Ingredients
Some active ingredients can make a big difference in the development of acne. According to the AAD, these include benzoyl peroxide, which reduces the bacteria that cause acne, salicylic acid, which clogs the pores, and retinoids, which can also clog the pores and minimize greasiness. All three can be found over the counter and can be a good starting point if you are trying to treat acne between the eyebrows.
Editor’s Tip: Glycolic acid is also known to action acne because it is effective in exfoliating dead skin cells and impurities from the surface of the skin. The revitalift DERM Intensités 3.5% Glycolic acid cleanser From L’Oréal Paris is gentle enough to be used every day, morning and evening.
2. Try to Use Non-Comedogenic Products
As already mentioned, makeup that is not removed properly can contribute to the formation of acne between the eyebrows. Although we are not saying that you should avoid makeup completely, the AAD suggests using non-comedogenic products, which means that they are designed so that they do not clog your pores.
Editor’s tip: You don’t know if your collection contains non-comedogenic products? Read our article, What does Non-Comedogenic Mean, As well as our best Non-Comedogenic Products.
3. Try A Scrub For The Face
Although we are all for exfoliating the skin, a hard scrub can have a negative impact on your skin. You can always opt for a gentle facial scrub to remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the surface of the skin without irritation. We recommend the nourishing and Softening Pure Sucre cocoa scrub From L’Oréal Paris, formulated with three pure sugars for a gentle but effective exfoliation.
4. Try Double cleaning
If you find that a single cleaning session does not cut you, you may want to try the double cleaning. This two-step cleaning method can help keep excess oil at bay. Start with a rinse-free cleanser, such as the L’Oréal Paris Waterproof Micellaire Cleansing Water complete Cleanser – all skin types, by simply saturating a cotton pad and wiping the tampon on your skin. Follow up with a cleanser for rinsing, such as The L’Oréal Paris clean Ton Detox & Lightening Cleaner, which cleans dirt, sebum and skin pollution.
5. Always Remove Your Makeup Before Going To Bed
We can not insist enough — sleeping makeup is an absolute no-no. Every time you sleep with makeup, it can mix with dirt and oil on your face, which can lead to rashes and acne formation, including between the eyebrows. And yes, according to AAD, even non-comedogenic products can cause acne if you sleep in them!
6. Turn off your pillowcases regularly
The automatic TEMPLATE feeder, and indicates that the dead skin cells, bacteria and dirt can easily accumulate on your bedding and transfer them to the surface of your skin. The AAD recommends changing your pillowcases two to three times a week.
7. Also change your bedding
While you are changing these pillowcases, you may also want to change these reality checks. No one can guarantee that your face will not end up on the reality checks all night and you will have the same risk of transferring bacteria and other unwanted contaminants from your reality checks to your skin. The AAD also recommends changing your bedding weekly.
8. Remember to Change The Hairstyle
Whether you like it or not, your hair could be the reason that you notice acne around your eyebrows. Whether you have naturally oily hair or use various styling products, oil can find a way to reach the eyebrow area and clog pores, according to the AAD. Therefore, be sure to wash the residues of hair care products or replace products with oil-free alternatives. And if you are currently working with bangs or want to wear your hair down, you should alternate the hairstyle with updos (or even half-raised hairstyles) that will keep your hair out of your face.
9. Don’t Let Your Pimples Burst
While you might be tempted to pop, pluck or squeeze acne between your eyebrows, don’t do it! This can easily make things worse, that’s the last thing you want. From scarring, the spread of bacteria and even the fact that the rashes take longer to disappear, it is absolutely not worth it, and you probably better leave the extractions to the professionals. Touching your face is still prohibited!
10. Give time to your skin care products
As much as you want your skincare products to work overnight, that’s just not how things work. The AAD shares that you should give each acne treatment at least four weeks to work. Within four to six weeks, you should be able to tell if the products are making a difference, but it can take up to two to three months to see a significant improvement in the appearance of your acne. So stay in tune with your routine and be patient to see the results.
11. Visit your dermatologist
If the problem persists, consult a board-certified dermatologist. A professional can help you figure out what could be responsible for acne between your eyebrows and develop a treatment plan tailored to the needs of your skin.