Why Do I Get Pimples In Between My Eyebrows?

Acne is a common problem that many people face and is of particular concern to many. You can get acne anywhere on your body, but because there are more oil glands on your forehead and face. Acne between the eyebrows can be quite annoying. It usually arises due to stress, hairstyles and products that touch the face, hormones, and more.

In this article, you’ll get to know the major causes of pimples in between your eyebrows, and how to prevent and treat them. You will also find out when you need to see a doctor.


Causes of pimples in between my eyebrows

There are many reasons why you might be breaking out between your eyebrows. Some common causes of acne between your eyebrows are:

Oily skin

If you have oily skin, the excess oil can clog hair follicles, which can lead to pimples when the clogged follicle gets infected or irritated.

Frequently touching your face

Touching your face is one of the easiest ways to cause acne breakouts. This is because your hands come in contact with different surfaces which carry acne-causing germs on them. They can then be transferred to your skin by frequently touching your face.

Skin and hair care products

When you use skincare products that are comedogenic or oily hair products that touch your face, there is a very high tendency for you to develop breakouts between your eyebrows. Make-up products can also make you break out in between your eyebrows.

Certain hairstyles like fringes and bangs

Hairstyles that touch the face like fringes and bangs can transfer oil from your hair to your eyebrow area, which can then clog your pores and lead to acne.

Tweezing, waxing or micro blading

If you keep your brows groomed by tweezing, waxing, or micro blading, chances are you will irritate your skin each time with your hands or the tools used. This irritation can cause you to develop acne around your eyebrow area.


Hormonal changes can lead to acne caused by your period, menopause, pregnancy, and changes to your birth control.


There are certain foods that for some people can lead to acne and pimples, especially in between the eyebrows. Common examples of foods that cause acne in people are sugar, greasy foods, and milk. 

Management and treatment

Pimples between the eyebrows can be treated at home with intentional lifestyle changes and over-the-counter treatments. Some lifestyle changes you could implement are:

  • Avoid popping or picking at pimples so as to prevent the worsening of the inflammation.
  • Reduce stress levels, as stress increases the level of the hormone cortisol which may trigger acne.
  • Avoid foods that you know trigger your acne.

OTC cleansers and skincare products containing Ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, retinol or salicylic acid help with acne.

  • Retinol exfoliates the skin, promoting a quicker turnover of skin cells and an all-around smoother appearance. Retinol comes in different strengths, and high-strength retinol products are available with a prescription, but it's best to ease into use with a lower-strength product.
  • Benzoyl peroxide helps to remove excess oil from your skin and kills acne-causing bacteria.
  • Salicylic acid helps to reduce the new pimples that form and can speed up the healing of existing ones.



Here are some steps you can take to prevent acne between your eyebrows.

  • Wash your hair before washing your face.
  • If you have oily hair, shampoo it regularly.
  • Avoid transferring bacteria to your face by keeping anything near your browline clean, such as hats, headbands, or sports equipment.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Invest in non-comedogenic skin and hair care products.
  • Clean your make-up brushes and foams regularly.
  • Wash your hands before grooming your eyebrows.
  • Avoid foods that trigger your acne.
  • Don’t sleep with makeup on.
  • Wash your pillowcases and sheets regularly.
  • Consider changing your hairstyle.
  • To avoid transferring bacteria to your face, keep anything you wear close to your browline clean, such as caps, headbands, or athletic gear.
  • Double cleanse your face when washing it. 

When to see a doctor

If the breakouts in between your eyebrows persist or don't respond to OTC treatments, talk to your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist about medical treatment. An expert can help you identify the causes of acne between your eyebrows and develop a treatment plan that is appropriate for your skin type.


Pimples between the eyebrows are pretty common. Lifestyle changes, better hygiene, and medical treatment can help to prevent them, as well as treat them.


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This content is purely informational and isn’t medical guidance. It shouldn’t replace professional medical counsel. Always consult your physician regarding treatment risks and benefits. See our editorial standards for more details.

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BSc, Pharmacology, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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