Do you have tiny, colourless bumps all over your forehead? Kind of like the skin on your forehead has a bumpy texture? It’s not pimples or a red rash. It’s tiny raised bumps all over your forehead (and sometimes on your cheeks, chin, and jawline too).
For years I was getting those terrible tiny bumps all over my forehead. I felt like I tried everything, but they just wouldn’t go away.
The bumpy texture is clogged pores, usually coming from a build up of dead skin cells, skincare products, excess sebum, and debris.
You might have sensitive skin that congests easily from certain skincare products or makeup. I get the forehead bumps from coconut oil.
Your diet can cause bumpy skin texture too. You can be eating something that is stimulating excess oil production in your skin that ends up clogging your pores. Check out this blog post on what to change in your diet to get rid of tiny bumps on your forehead.
But today I want to give you my favourite skin care trick to get rid of those tiny bumps fast.
And that is to start double cleansing your skin at night.
Done correctly, you can get rid of the small bumps on your face quickly and easily (sometimes in a few days, sometimes it takes a few weeks). And your skin will become soft, smooth and bright.
What is double cleansing your skin?
Double cleansing is simply washing your face twice in a row with a VERY gentle, mild, oil-based cleanser (more details and instructions below). You only do it at night, never in the morning.
Why does double cleansing get rid of tiny bumps on your forehead?
Bumpy skin on your forehead is a symptom that your skin is congested.
Your pores are probably being blocked by skincare products, dead skin cells, oil and sebum, hair care products, pollution, makeup, or sunscreen that is building up on the surface of your skin (usually it’s a combination of these things).
Makeup and skincare products (especially foundation and sunscreens) are not the easiest to remove. Many times if you’re wearing a lot of products and makeup, when you wash your face at night, your cleanser might not be removing everything in one go. Or, it’s removing the makeup, sunscreen, but not removing the dead skin cells underneath or lifting sebum that’s building up in your pores.
If you wear foundation, sunscreen, makeup, many layers of skincare products – you need to make sure you remove all products thoroughly at the end of the day, before washing your face. And, that’s what double cleansing is. Step 1 is washing your face to remove all makeup, sunscreen, skincare products, debris and pollution. Step 2 is cleansing your face again to wash away dead cells and sebum.
You should only do this at night, after a long day of wearing products or makeup on your face.
There’s no need to do this in the morning. Doing so could potentially over cleanse your skin resulting in irritation and drying it out.
As long as you use a very gentle, oil-based cleanser, you will see the texture on your face begin to smooth out quite rapidly, even in a few days. That’s because you’re thoroughly removing everything that is building up on the surface of your skin, and sloughing off dead skin cells and sebum that could be clogging up your pores.
This techniques is essentially cleaning and exfoliating your face very gently, without using abrasive scrubs, irritating ingredients, or being rough.
Who should double cleanse?
You should double cleanse at night if your skin has a bumpy texture, and you answer “yes” to any of the following things:
- You wear sunscreen or sunblock (chemical or physical sunblocks)
- You wear foundation
- You wear a lot of concealer and face powder
- You wear a lot of skincare products during the day
- You live in an area where there is a lot of pollution
- You live in a hot or humid climate
- You have bangs
- You use a lot of hair styling products
- You regularly wear hats
- Remove eye makeup and lipstick.
- Apply an oil-based cleanser to dry skin on your face and neck.
- Remove the cleanser with a damp washcloth.
- Apply the same oil-based cleanser again, or, use another mild cleanser to wash your face a second time. If you have dry skin, use the oil-based cleanser twice. If you have oily or combinations skin, you may prefer to use a mild gel cleanser for the second cleanse.
- Rinse your face and neck again with water, or use a damp washcloth to remove the cleanser.
- Follow with the rest of your evening skin care routine.
For best results:
To get the best results, details count! Follow these guidelines below to ensure you’re doing this cleansing method properly.
- Don’t double cleansing with soap or strong lathering cleansers.
- Only use a mild cleanser that is preferably oil-based (like a cleansing oil, cream cleanser, cleansing milk, or balm – some of my personal recommendations are below).
- If you have oily skin, a water-based gel cleanser is fine to use for the second cleanse (but the first cleanse still needs to be with an oil or oil-based cleanser). A water-based gel cleanser can be too striping/drying if used twice in a row.
- Don’t double cleanse with medicated cleansers (anything containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc.)
- No exfoliants or cleansers that have a grainy or abrasive texture.
- Don’t use a face brush or gadget (like a Clarisonic brush).
- If you use honey to cleanse your skin, only use it for the second cleanse. For example, wash your face once with a cleansing oil, milk, or balm; followed by cleansing with honey.
- Do this at night, never in the morning (you don’t want to dry your skin out, irritate it, or strip it of its protective oils).
- If you have very sensitive skin, only double cleanse on days you are wearing sunscreen, foundation, or heavy skincare products.
- On days where you’re not wearing makeup or sunscreen, and your skin is left bare; you can do a single cleanse at night.
What happens once the small bumps on your forehead clears up?
If you normally don’t wear any skincare products or makeup on your face during the day, once your skin clears up, you can stop, and go back to washing your face just once at night.
If you wear makeup, foundation, sunscreen, or live in a hot or polluted area, you’ll probably want to continue double cleansing (especially on days when you’re wearing foundation and/or sunscreen). You can always just double cleanse on days that you’re wearing makeup or sunscreen, or feel like your skin needs more thorough cleansing. Some people prefer to do it every night, others rather every other night, or even every two nights. It’s really up to how your skin is responding to it, and what feels best to you.
Here’s a few cleansers & wash cloths I recommend for double cleansing:
- LIVING LIBATIONS Best Skin Ever (Oil Cleanser)
- LEAHLANI Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil
- TATA HARPER Nourishing Oil Cleanser
- OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel (Cleansing Balm)
- Jojoba Oil (or any other pure, cold pressed oil that is compatible with your skin – no mineral oil!)
- GROVIA Cloth Wipes (the softest wash cloths/flannels I’ve found)
And, if you really want to get super smooth skin quickly, check out my blog post, 3 Foods To Take Out Of Your Diet To Get Rid Of Tiny Bumps On Your Forehead (do the double cleansing and take these 3 foods out of your diet – you’ll get the best results!).