Subclinical Acne : Causes, Treatment, and Home Remedies

Subclinical Acne

The Subclinical acne is the most self-acclaimed type of acne out there. It’s a type that everyone can easily identify. When acne arises, irrespective of whether it’s on one’s forehead, chin, cheeks or nose; there’s one thought that pricks everyone’s mind.

If only we had a shell-like tortoise and turtles, we would not have to worry’.


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The bad news is that there’s not just one type of acne. Rather, there are multiple different types of acne that can affect a person. Different types of acne mean that we need different forms of protection. Primarily, acne is divided into two different types. Inflammatory acne and Non-inflammatory acne.

Subclinical acne is characterized by small little, numerous groups of bumps. Generally speaking, it’s hard for guys to identify cysts, nodules, whiteheads, blackheads and so on and so forth. But subclinical acne, especially subclinical acne on the forehead is a type of acne that’s very easily identifiable by all. In fact, it’s so common that one can confidently say that during one’s lifespan, it’s highly possible that you have borne subclinical acne and have tensed up about it, without even knowing what it’s called. You can also learn about Acne Scar Treatment Laser 


Causes of Subclinical Acne on Forehead:

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In a more generic context, acne is caused due to the clogging of the skin’s pores. This clogging may be due to the:

  • Excess production of oil
  • The Presence of bacteria
  • Presence of dead cells
  • The Presence of ingrown hair.

Subclinical acne is just another name for multiple small bumps that get formed on the forehead and that literally seem to crater the particular area of the forehead in question. More often than not, this is not an overnight phenomenon. It takes a good number of days or rather a week or so, for it completely develop. In its early stages, it doesn’t look too troublesome. But gradually, as they spread across one’s forehead, the psychological trauma begins to take shape.

Subclinical acne, traditionally speaking belongs to the category of inflammatory acne. Any type of inflammatory acne is characterized by a reddish and swollen exterior appearance. And yet, the subclinical acne that’s seen on the forehead is not that red or swollen in nature. But that’s the general scenario. Do not panic or get too surprised if the acne on your forehead or the bumps on your forehead acquires a reddish color.

Subclinical acne is a problem that’s as old as time itself. At some point in time, it may have been a mystery to doctors but today, that’s not the case. On a generic scale, it’s caused due to the blockage of the skin’s pores due to excess oil accumulation on the skin.  Pinpointing the accurate cause of any kind of acne is a very ardent task. Yet, doctors and researchers alike believe that subclinical acne on the forehead is caused due to one of the following reasons:


  • Hormonal imbalances


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Hormonal imbalances ultimately result in the increased activity of the oil glands present in the skin. This excess secretion of oil ends up clogging the pores of the skin, and hence, subclinical acne on the forehead is formed. Hormonal imbalance occurs during the aging process and for women, especially, during the time of pregnancy and menstruation.


  • Use of poor quality cosmetic materials:


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The purchase of cosmetics is not as easy as it looks. Careful analysis has to be taken with respect to the ingredients used in that particular cosmetic product. If the ingredients are of poor quality, it can adversely impact the health of your skin. Subclinical acne on the forehead is just one possible ‘health hazard’. Avoid purchasing cosmetics that are too oily. Instead, look for those cosmetics that contain natural acne fighting ingredients such as; peppermint, lemon, alcohol etc.


  • Stressful Lifestyle:

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Fun fact: You can make out a stressful person by looking at their forehead. Not literally, but yes. Stress leads to activation of your skin’s oil glands. Hence, your skin gets clogged due to the excess oil. Yes, you can’t avoid stress. It follows you around. But you can definitely control your stress levels.Whenever stressed, take deep calm breaths. Indulge in an activity that you deem to be relaxing in nature. By controlling your stress levels, you will indirectly be controlling the level of oil released by your oil glands. And hence, subclinical acne on the forehead will be like a dream of the past.


  • External Environment:

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External environment refers to your physical surroundings. The external environment can contribute to the formation of subclinical acne as it increases one’s exposure to dust, especially. Also, exposure to the sun can also prove to be another cause for the rise of such acne.


Treatment for Subclinical Acne on Forehead:

Subclinical acne is not something to panic about. If you are even considering to go and visit a doctor, one would suggest you drop that idea instantly. Save money and use it elsewhere. you can buy a good lunch or dinner for yourself. In fact, even if you do go visit a doctor, the counsel that you will receive will sound pretty much like what we are suggesting. It’s just a very simple, everyday problem that can be solved used generic medicines. If you want to avoid medication, that too is possible. Don’t worry yourself too much thinking about what to do, just follow these basic guidelines and within a week or so (upper-limit), your forehead is going to be acne free.


  • Even if you aren’t the ‘moisturizer’ type of person, make it a point to wash your face at least three times a day and follow up your wash with a moisturizer. In the market today, there are multiple acne specific face washes, using one of them to wash your face would do no harm.
  • Touching the acne area is a cardinal sin. Touch the subclinical acne on forehead and prepare for the worst. It will spread like the plague. Curb your anxiety, just let time and everyday therapy do its work.
  • It’s super-advisable to avoid any kind of makeup. Don’t fret too much, you will be doing this for the greater good. Once the acne resides, go ahead with your makeup. Until then, just try your best to avoid it. If it’s impractical or hard to avoid all kinds of makeup, at least make the effort to avoid the heavy makeup. It will pay dividends.
  • Inculcate a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle means a balanced diet, regular physical exercise and curbing stress and anxiety levels.


If you want, you can use one of those generic pimple creams that are sold in the market. Nobody can guarantee their success except the company and we all know that the company, regardless of truth, is going to guarantee success.

If after approximately 2 months, the subclinical acne on forehead still resides, then you should consider visiting a professional doctor. The 2 months time frame is just a general guideline. If you feel that the acne is negatively affecting your psychology, please do consult a doctor immediately.


Home Remedies for Subclinical Acne on Forehead:


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To be honest, the above treatment section to consists of many home remedies. But the above-mentioned home remedies still make use of some kind of external synthetic product. For example Face-wash, moisturizers, creams etc. Our ancestors believed in shamanism. Shamanism is religion wherein nature is worshipped. The home remedies mentioned over here don’t require such devotion but yet, the fact that they are natural home remedies makes you think about your ancestors times.


For years now, many people have preferred going down the path of home remedies instead of the allopathic route. That’s because home remedies prove to be the natural cure. No side-effects, no nothing. Some of the most popular home remedies to deal with subclinical acne on the forehead are:


  • Garlic:

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Why garlic? Simple. Garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Subclinical acne is an inflammatory acne. Hence, put the pieces together and you will realize why garlic is such a trustworthy natural remedy. Furthermore, garlic is also considered to be an antibiotic. Hence, not only does garlic assist in reducing the redness and bulge of the acne but it also helps by killing the bacteria. Word of caution: Don’t rub, like, literally rub raw garlic on the affected area. Just add garlic to water and dab your skin with this solution.


  • Baking Soda:

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As you know, hormonal imbalance proves to be one cause for the rise of subclinical acne. In particular, it is the rise in the Androgen hormone that results in this imbalance. Androgen hormone is released when one’s skin is dirty. Baking soda is not really soap but it holds antifungal and antiseptic properties that make it an effective agent to fight dirt. Therefore, baking soda contains the hormonal imbalance and prevents the spread of the acne. The best application of baking soda is making a face-mask with it and naturally, applying that on the affected area. You can mix it with water or honey, the option is ultimately yours.


  • Jojoba Oil:

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Anyone who has watched the movie, ‘Pink Panther’ knows what jojoba oil is. And remembers it rather vividly. Contrary to ‘oil’ secreted by the skin, jojoba oil does not clog the skin’s pores. The vitamin E extract that it contains helps fight subclinical acne on forehead and furthermore, it’s an equally adept remedy to fight aging skin. Its application is simple. Just rub and apply it to the affected area or your body, just how you would apply any kind of oil.


  • Apple Cider:

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Apple cider is basically apple vinegar. Vinegar is acidic and hence, the enemy of bacteria. Apple cider being super-acidic works marvels in hours, killing bacteria ruthlessly. How to administer it? Mix apple cider with a little bit of water. Apply the resulting solution on the affected area and let it dry. Once dried, you can wipe the area with a clean piece of cloth.


  • Tea tree oil:

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Oil again, surprisingly tea tree oil, a rare natural commodity, proves to be an extremely effective remedy for subclinical acne. It works similar to jojoba oil. However, the biggest difference is the strong antibiotic component that this oil contains. Thereby, making it all the more effective in fighting acne and bacteria. Take cotton. Wet it with water. To this wet cotton, add a few drop of tea tree oil. Take this cotton and apply it to the affected area. Do this twice a day and you will be surprised with the result.


  • Honey:

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Honey has antibacterial properties. But not all kinds of honey. Just a few of them. Before using honey as a remedial measure, it’s better if you find out if the particular honey that you are about to use has antibacterial properties. If it doesn’t, please do not apply honey to the subclinical acne. If the honey is right, then you have two options. You can either administer it directly to the affected area. The anti-inflammatory properties should do the job. But if you are more of a masked person, you have another option. Mix honey, water and oatmeal to create a mixture. Apply this mixture to the affected area and let it be. After approximately 20 minutes, you are free to remove the mask and wonder at its magic.


  • Zinc-enriched foods:

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Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, zinc enriched foods help battle subclinical acne well. Some of the best examples of zinc-enriched foods would be seafood, beans, nuts etc.


  • Omega-3 fatty acid:

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If you are really conscious when it comes to acne, go the extra mile when it comes to precaution. Add food to your daily diet that not just consists of zinc but Omega-3 fatty acids as well. Examples of some foods that contain these elements are eggs, soybean, walnut, flaxseed oil etc.


  • Water:

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It’s a necessity but yes, it too deserves special mention. One of the best ways to naturally combat subclinical acne is by drinking a lot of water. It’s not because of hydration, no. Normal mineral water contains antioxidants that prove to be very useful when tackling subclinical acne.


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