Many acne care products can kill acne bacteria. The problem with some of these products is that they can also kill the skin. This article reviews the 10 most commonly used products for getting rid of acne infections, their pros and their cons. But first let’s take a closer look at how acne bacteria cause, or don’t cause, blemished skin.
Acne bacteria can actually help control excess sebum, but can cause skin problems when they multiply out of control.
What are the Tiny Bumps on Your Forehead?
The bumps first appeared on my forehead during a time when I was working out (and therefore sweating) a lot. However, I also ate very healthy, drank more than 2 litres of water every day, I cleaned my face daily. Some people suggest that the bumps may be:
- Subclinical acne
- Heat rash
- Cystic acne
- Blind pimples
I never officially had my skin seen by a dermatologist, but the general consensus online seems to be that the bumpy skin texture you have on your forehead (and sometimes around the jaw) is clogged pores (i.e. subclinical acne). They occur when dead skin cells, oil and debris, skin care products, make up, and pollution gets into your pores and clog up.
Why it’s so hard to get rid of this type of acne though, I honestly don’t know.
Now, my skin is almost completely clear. The texture on my forehead has as good as disappeared, and my skin has never felt so soft and smooth. The oiliness on my forehead is gone, and most importantly, I have my confidence back.
When I was dealing with all of this, I scoured the internet for solutions, devouring 5-year-old forum threads from people with the exact same tiny bumps on forehead as me but no one had any real, solid solution.
How to get rid of acne seemed like a question that had no real answer.
Now that I’ve found something that really worked for me, I have to share it. It might not work for everybody, but if this post can help out a few people who were in the same situation as me last year then I’ll be happy.
Phase #2: The Cure
I spent more time online searching things on Google like:
‘why do I have tiny bumps on my forehead’
‘how to get rid of the small bumps on forehead’
and on and on… I know some of you will resonate with this.
Eventually, I stumbled across a random thread on Reddit (yup, I was in deep) where one or two users mentioned Paula’s Choice BHA.
After reading several more threads and reviews, I’d made up my mind and ordered myself a bottle of Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant (there are quite a few different percentages and products that look very similar to Paula’s Choice, but this seems to be the original and most recommended for this particular skin problem).
Now, this stuff is not cheap. Like, $29 for 4oz not cheap.
But damn you guys, this stuff is miracle water. It works. Like, it really works.
The threads I read had people saying that after a few days, the bumps on their forehead had totally cleared up. I was sceptical – I’d already been disappointed by that Mario Badescu drying cream, after all.
However, within just a few days of applying my Paula’s Choice BHA Exfoliant morning and night, the bumps were almost gone.
I’ve now cut down to using it only at night before bed (trying to save my money’s worth!) alongside my Pai Skincare products, and my skin gets clearer every day. Even better, those tiny bumps on my forehead make no reappearance, even if I forget to use the product for a few days.
If you are suffering from tiny bumps on your forehead and have been trying to get rid of acne for a long time now, I urge you to spend the money and buy this product. I had just about reached the end of my tether and accepted having bad skin texture for life, and Paula’s Choice BHA really changed the game.
- Problems with acne bacteria only occur when they multiply out of control. In small numbers, they actually help the skin by feeding on excess sebum.
- Any product you put on your skin to kill bacteria should be spot-tested first.
- Place a small dot of any new product on the skin of your inside forearm. Wait 8 to 12 hours to make sure you are not allergic before putting the product on your face.
- Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria, but won’t work unless you also have an acne treatment system to keep the skin clean.
- Tea tree oil and Manuka honey both help relieve inflammation. They get the red out of pimples as well as killing bacteria.
- Retin-A, Accutane, and Differin are not primarily anti-bacterial, but they can deprive acne bacteria of their food.
- Oral antibiotics for acne sometimes stain the teeth—in persons up to 22 years of age.