The forehead is the most exposed part of the body to harmful UV rays as well as dirt and debris. It is the most likely part of the skin that is prone to a lot of damage. This means that one is likely to experience an itchy forehead.
Symptoms of an Itchy Forehead
- Irritation and inflammation. The skin around the forehead may have red and bumpy rashes due to the continuous scratching.
- Fainting and loss of consciousness in extreme cases. This occurs when there is high fever accompanied by headaches
- Swelling of the forehead and other areas such as tongue, lips, and face.
- Sores and blisters that occasionally bleed
- Flaky, cracked, itchy skin
- Redness and a burning sensation
- Vomiting and stomach upsets
- Pain and nerve joints
Meaning and Superstition of Itchy Forehead
An itchy forehead is interpreted differently among different cultures. These may not apply to you and should not be a cause for concern.
Bacterial and fungal infections
The skin is covered with hair and the forehead is no exception. During shaving, some of the hair follicles may be left within the skin and become inflamed. This inflammation and subsequent attack by bacteria lead to some infection that leads to the formation of bumps and itchy skin.
Impetigo is also a disease caused by bacterial infection that affects the forehead and may cause an itch
Skin disorders that result from fungal infections and parasites such as ringworms, scabies, lice and measles which cause dry skin.
Conditions such as toxic epidermal necrolysis which result from a reaction to some medicines. This results in cell damage that affects the skin and mucous production. The lack of mucus makes the skin lack lustre and it tends to be very dry and itchy especially on the forehead.
In adults, it may be caused by the excess production of sebum and it results in the formation of pimples around the forehead area.
Acne may also occur in babies due to maternal hormones passed on during breastfeeding. If the mother is genetically prone to acne it may be passed on to the child.
Pregnancy hormones also contribute to the development of acne which may result in the itchy forehead.
These conditions occur when the body destroys its own cells and tissues. This attack destroys the skin cells causing damage and resulting in wounds and in the extreme cases very dry skin. Some of the conditions include forehead rash lupus and allergic purpura.
Excess heat results in clogged sweat glands blocking sweat under the skin. This results in the formation of pimples and bumps that may cause irritation on the forehead.
Milia also causes the skin to have excessive collection of dead skin which causes damage to the forehead
This is a skin condition that causes fast multiplication of skin cells. This slows down the exfoliation process leading to a buildup of dead skin that often makes the area very itchy. It is caused by stress, injury, reaction to malaria medication, tobacco smoke and in some cases the use of very hot water.
It may also occur as a result of Rosacea an inflammatory disorder which results in pus-filled pimples. The presence of Rosacea may cause swelling of other parts of the face including the nose.
Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into contact with some allergens and then reacts. Excessive wear of headgears which accumulate dirt, sweat, and heat. They are meant to protect the head from damage but as a result, they tend to collect a lot of impurities along the way.
Seborrheic dermatitis which is characterized by oozing pimples and is often caused by fungal infection.
Skin care products such as soaps, shampoos, and makeup contain chemicals that can cause irritation of the skin
Long dirty hair may also cause an itchy forehead as it contains dirt and impurities that react upon contact with the skin
Excess exposure to harmful UV rays predisposes the skin especially at the forehead to a lot of damage. It may draw out a lot of moisture leaving the skin very dry and itchy.
Sunburns also cause itchiness as the skin becomes very sensitive and prone to scratching
Parents who have acne or other skin disorders such as eczema are likely to pass this gene to their children.
Atopic dermatitis is also genetically “inherited” and the skin becomes very itchy with oozing plaques.
Some non- cancerous skin disorders such as thematoxicum are also likely to be present in newborn babies and research shows that it is a passed gene.
Certain foods such as dairy products or wheat may exhibit allergic reactions when consumed. Such reactions may include erythema multiforme and anaphylaxis a condition that may result in fainting due to shock.
Stress and anxiety trigger response which causes the body, nervous system and sensory organs to overreact leading to an itch that usually appears on the forehead. It also triggers the occurrence of Rosacea.
- Use of sunscreen and avoid shampoos and dyes that irritate the skin
- Avoid sharing combs to prevent lice transfer
- Use of calamine lotion which helps to stop itching
- Topical cream and steroids such as hydrocortisone cream
- Use of moisturizer to hydrate the skin and prevent dryness.
The most basic remedy is washing the affected area with antibacterial soap and rinsing off with cold water then pat dry.
The cold water helps to soothe the skin and cleanse from impurities. More so ice cubes or packs can be used to reduce inflammation and itching.
It is rich in antiseptic and anti-irritating properties due to the presence of citric and acetic acid. This provides immediate relief.
Rub a small piece of the lemon on the forehead and wash off after a few minutes. Avoid direct sunlight immediately after use as it is hypersensitive and can cause bleaching
Fungal infections are associated with causing itchy forehead. Baking soda is highly alkaline with anti-fungal properties which help to pull out the water from the fluid-filled wounds. This stops the itch and inflammation.
Dirty hair and acne can leave dead skin cells on the forehead causing an itch. Baking soda is a great exfoliate as well as it balances PH levels on the skin reducing acne. It is also rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help to smoothen the skin.
Method: Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a w drops of coconut oil into a paste. Apply on skin and wash off immediately after five minutes.
Mix in a ratio of 1:3 baking soda to water. Apply the paste on the clean forehead and rinse off after five minutes.
Rich in anti-allergenic properties and a natural humectant that helps to attract water and moisturize the skin. It also contains high levels of vitamin A that exfoliates the skin, treat acne and reduce skin inflammation.
Contains antibacterial properties that help to destroy the bacteria associated with causing itchy forehead.
Melt beeswax in a pan then adds olive oil and honey. Freeze this mixture and apply on the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rich in antibacterial, anti-itch, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It helps to balance PH and increase moisture while soothing the skin.
Dab a cotton ball on the Apple cider vinegar and apply on the forehead. Rinse off with cold water after a few minutes.
One can also make a paste using a few drops of olive oil, baking soda, and Aloe Vera
Bentonite clay is rich in anti-itch properties that help to relieve itch and soothe the skin.
Honey –a great humectant. It contains anti-microbial and antioxidant properties
Milk –rich in anti-inflammatory properties and it is also soothing to the skin
Mix milk and honey in parts of 2 each and apply on skin for 15 minutes
The overexposure to direct sunlight can result in an itchy forehead that may also be accompanied by a dry flaky skin. It is rich in anti-oxidant properties that help to treat the inflammation and ease the acne.
Psychogenic disorders such as depression can often lead to an itchy scalp. The consumption of extra olive oil can help reduce depression by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain.
Olive oil contains vitamin E which acts as a great moisturizer. This not only helps to heal the skin but also curb the itching while soothing the skin.
The vitamin E in the oil has antioxidant properties that help to protect the skin from damage.
Itchy forehead results in an inflamed and painful forehead. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties present in the oleocanthal compound which helps in pain relief.
Turmeric – The turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help to fight the bacteria causing the itching as well as alleviate the rash.
Anti-inflammatory properties due to the menthol compound present. Make mint tea by boiling a pint of boiling water and mint leaves. Allow it to cool then strain. Dip a clean cloth and apply on the affected area. Wash off after a few minutes.
Rich in thymol, this herb contains high levels of anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties that help soothe the inflammation and numb the itch. Boil a mixture of water and thyme and allow cooling. Strain using a clean cloth apply on the forehead.
Contains thymol and camphor which have anti-itch properties that help to stop the scratching and provide relief.
Recipe: Crush the basil leaves and rub directly on the skin for a few minutes then wash off.
Contains compounds that have anti-itch properties as well as soothe irritated skin
A natural humectant which helps to cleanse, hydrate and cool the skin. It acts as a sunscreen protecting the skin from direct sun contact. For effective results, it should be mixed in a ratio of 2:1 with rose water and applied to the skin. Leave for 10 minutes then wash off