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Chances are, you’ve come face-to-face with acne between your eyebrows at one point or another. Whether you’ve relied on face makeup to mask breakouts, tried your hand at new skin care products, or simply paid extra attention to your eyebrow area in your skin care routine, you’ve likely learned that acne between eyebrows can be an absolute pain to deal with. And while there’s no way to get rid of those pesky blemishes overnight, there are ways to get your eyebrow area back under control. Part of managing acne between your eyebrows starts with understanding its causes—and we’re here to help! Keep reading to get the 4-1-1 on eyebrow acne breakouts, plus our tips to help you get your skin’s appearance in order.
As it turns out, there are many potential causes for acne between your eyebrows. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne can be caused by hair follicles or pores that are clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. They also share that the bacteria on our skin can sometimes get inside of the clogged pore, allowing blemishes to multiply. Yikes! In addition to this, the Mayo Clinic reveals that certain medications, stress, hormonal changes, and your diet could play a role in the development of acne.
All that said, one of the main culprits of acne developing between your eyebrows is none other than your hair. See, if you’re working with certain hairstyles that sit at your eyebrows—hello, bangs—you might run the risk of clogging your brows with dirt and oil from your hair care products. Not to mention, face and eyebrow makeup that isn’t properly removed can also result in acne. If you wear glasses and the bridge sits near your brows, not cleaning your specs could also be a potential culprit.
If acne between eyebrows has put a damper on your mood, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Below, we rounded up 10 of our favorite skin care tips to help you get your complexion back on track.
While you may be tempted to pop, pick, or squeeze the acne between your brows, don’t! If your goal is to keep acne at bay, this can easily make things worse, which is the last thing you want. From scarring, spreading bacteria, and even causing breakouts to take longer to go away, it’s totally not worth it, and you’re probably better off leaving extractions to the pros. As the AAD shares, you should actually touch your face as little as possible!
There are certain active ingredients that can make a major difference in the appearance of acne. Per the AAD, these include benzoyl peroxide, which reduces acne-causing bacteria, salicylic acid, which unclogs pores, and retinoids, which can also unclog pores and minimize oiliness. All three can be found over the counter and may be a good place to start when trying to address acne between your brows.
As we mentioned earlier, makeup that is not properly removed could contribute to acne forming between eyebrows. While we’re not saying that you should avoid wearing makeup altogether, the AAD suggests using non-comedogenic products, which means they are designed to not clog your pores.
Editor’s tip: Not sure if your collection includes non-comedogenic products? We’ve got you covered here: What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean, Plus Our Best Non-Comedogenic Products.
While we’re all for exfoliating skin, harsh scrubbing can negatively impact your skin. Instead, opt for a gentle face scrub to slough away dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the surface of your skin without irritation. We recommend trying one of our face scrubs from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line, which are all formulated with three pure sugars for gentle yet effective exfoliation.
If you find that one cleansing session just doesn’t cut it, you may want to try your hand at double cleansing. This method of cleansing is one way deeply cleanse. This two-step cleansing method may help keep excess oil at bay. Start with a no-rinse cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, simply saturating a cotton pad and wiping the pad over your skin. Follow up with a rinse-off cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which works to purify dirt, oil, and pollution from skin.
We can’t say this enough! Sleeping with makeup is an absolute no-no. See, every time you sleep with makeup, it can mix with dirt and oil on your face, which could lead to breakouts and acne forming, including between eyebrows. And yes, per the AAD, even non-comedogenic products can cause acne when you sleep in them! Remove your makeup before you catch shut-eye to help your skin stay in the clear.
As much as you wish that your skin care products would work overnight, that’s simply not how things go. You have to give your products time to work. The AAD shares that you should give any acne treatment a minimum of four weeks to work. Within four to six weeks, you should be able to tell whether 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 consistent with your routine, and be patient to see results.
Have you been slacking on getting your laundry done? Consider this your sign to start. The AAD shares that dead skin cells, bacteria, and dirt can easily build up on your linens and transfer to the surface of your skin. The AAD recommends changing your sheets every week and your pillowcases two to three times a week.
Like it or not, your hair could be the reason you are noticing acne around your brows. Whether you have naturally oily hair or use various hair styling products, oil can find a way to your eyebrow area and clog pores, according to the AAD. The AAD suggests washing off hair care product residue or swapping out products for oil-free alternatives. And if you’re currently working with bangs or like to wear your locks down, consider switching things up with updo hairstyles that will keep your products away from your skin.
Don’t feel like you need to manage breakouts all on your own. There is no substitute for consulting with your dermatologist if the problem persists. A dermatologist can help you identify what could be responsible for the acne between your eyebrows and come up with a treatment plan that’s suitable for your skin's needs.
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