Itchy Forehead: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

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An itchy forehead may be caused due to skin conditions like eczema, contact dermatitis, dandruff, and acne. Certain cosmetic products may trigger itching due to an allergen. Other causes include sunburns, stress, and pregnancy. The symptoms include burning, dryness, redness, scaling, and itching etc. Washing your face with cold water, using aloe vera gel, applying sunscreen may help ease the symptoms.

Have you been finding it difficult to move your fingers away from your forehead because of an itching sensation? Do observe any rashes appearing on the forehead?

If yes, then you are probably having an itchy forehead. Most often, an itchy forehead is not an indication of a serious health condition; however, it should not be overlooked.

An itchy forehead may be annoying but it is important to understand what its causes are if you want to treat it. The causes of an itchy forehead can be an allergic reaction, the result of an infectious disease, an autoimmune deficiency, or even pregnancy.

Here is a list of some common causes that may trigger an itching sensation on your forehead.

Common Causes Of An Itchy Forehead

1. Skin Conditions

Dandruff May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Most often, an itchy forehead is your body’s reaction to something that it is allergic to. Certain skin conditions like eczema and contact dermatitis can trigger itching.

Seborrheic dermatitis is another skin condition that causes scaly and red patches of skin, particularly on the scalp. This is commonly known as dandruff.1 However, it can also occur in other parts of the body like the face, chest, and back. This skin condition may trigger forehead itching.

2. Hair And Skin Care Products

Skin Care Products May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Sometimes, cosmetic products that you use on your face like foundation creams and face powders may cause an itching sensation on the forehead. Other irritants include harsh soaps, facial creams, hair styling products like hair gel, etc.

Exposure to skin irritants for too long can cause itching and may even develop rashes. Therefore, before you purchase a skin care or cosmetic product, do a patch test to ensure your skin is not allergic to it.

3. Headwear

Helmets May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Some people like wearing hats, scarves, bandanas, etc which may be another reason that may contribute to an itchy forehead. Sometimes, helmets that are necessary for road safety may also cause itchy foreheads.

This is because the dirt, heat, and sweat that your skin is in contact with may cause irritation and may end up causing an itchy scalp and forehead. Covering it further will only make the situation worse and you may develop rashes.

Therefore, if you are using head scarves or hats or any other accessory to cover your head, make sure they are clean and you remove them from time to time so that your skin is not exposed to too much dirt and sweat.

4. Acne

Acne May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Acne is a common skin condition for both adolescents and adults. Oily skin, clogged pores, or an infection can bring rise to acne and it can affect the forehead, cheeks, and any other part of the face.

Sometimes, acne on the forehead can cause itching and vigorous itching can turn the skin red and may even develop rashes.

5. Sunburn

Sunburns May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Stepping out in the sun is fun provided you protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun using an effective sunscreen lotion or cream.

Sometimes, your forehead is prone to sunburns because your face is probably one of the easiest parts of the body to get exposed to the sun. Severe sunburns may even cause your skin to peel. If this appears on the forehead, it may cause an itching sensation.

6. Stress And Anxiety

Stress May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Not all causes of an itchy forehead are due to a skin condition. Sometimes, psychological factors like stress, anxiety, nervousness, etc. can also cause an individual to develop a habit of scratching their forehead.

This may not be due to any medical or skin condition, this may be out of habit and generally, may cause the individual to do it every time they experience similar feelings.

7. Pregnancy

Pregnancy May Cause An Itchy Forehead

Pregnancy is a period where a woman goes through hormonal, physical, and emotional changes. Some pregnant women may experience an itchy forehead as a side effect of all the changes the body has to go through during pregnancy. This may be more prominent in those women who may have acne during their pregnant months.

Apart from these causes, an itchy forehead may be due to a serious skin or health condition. Some of these include neurodermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infection (ringworm), chickenpox, head lice, liver disease, scabies, shingles, and urticaria.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of an itchy forehead so that you can take care of it and use the right treatment to reduce the itching.

Symptoms Of An Itchy Forehead

Redness Is A Symptom of An Itchy Forehead

The following are the some of the most common symptoms of an itchy forehead.

  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Dryness
  • Inflamed skin
  • Scaling
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Small blisters or bumps on the skin
  • Reddish rings
  • Fever

If you notice symptoms like stiffness in the neck, a severe headache, choking sensation, sudden swelling of the face, or pain in any part of the body, then your condition requires professional medical help.

Treating an itchy forehead can be quite simple depending on the severity of the itching. There are a couple of easy remedies that you can try at home to relieve the symptoms of an itchy forehead.

Remedies And Treatments For An Itchy Forehead

Washing Your Face With Cold Water Can Ease Itching

If you have an itchy forehead, the first and safest step is to visit the doctor and know the real cause of the itching. With professional medical advice, the itching may reduce almost instantly. However, if the itching is not too severe, you try a few home remedies as follows:

  • Wash with cold water: Washing your face including the forehead with cold water may help ease the itching. Remember to pat dry the affected area to avoid further irritation.
  • Avoid sharing personal items: Sharing personal items like combs and hair brushes can cause dandruff, head lice, and other fungal infections to spread. These may trigger itching.
  • Use an effective sunscreen: When you step out in the sun, always remember to apply and reapply sunscreen evenly on all those parts of the body that is exposed to the sunlight.
  • Try home remedies: If your itchy forehead is due to skin rashes, you can always try mild remedies that can soothe the skin. Some of these include using aloe vera gel, olive oil, chamomile tea, oatmeal, tomato puree, etc. But, remember to always do a patch test first before you apply it on your forehead.
  • Use prescribed medicines: If the forehead itching is due to a serious condition, your doctor may prescribe certain medications like antihistamines or topical steroids or creams to ease the itching.

References   [ + ]

1.Seborrhea: What It Is and How to Treat It. American Academy of Family Physicians.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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