Cause of dry skin & rashes on the forehead

Updated February 21, 2017

Dry, itchy skin on your forehead is uncomfortable and can be embarrassing, especially if you break out in a rash. There are several causes for rashes and dry skin on the forehead and your doctor can help you determine what is causing this condition.


Allergies to soap, lotion, hair products or make-up can cause dry skin or a rash on the forehead. Food allergies or environmental allergies can sometimes cause a rash on the forehead or other parts of the body.


Shingles, a disease related to chicken pox and affecting older adults, can often result in a rash on the forehead as well as other parts of the body.


A skin infection, such as impetigo or herpes, can cause a rash all over the body, including the forehead.


Rosacea can cause an acne-like rash on the forehead. It most often affects people between the ages of 30 and 60.

Excessive Rubbing

Rubbing your forehead when you are worried or deep in thought can dry out the skin. Wearing a tight hat or scarf around your forehead can also dry out the skin. This can result in peeling or flaking of the skin on your forehead.

Other Causes

Excessive exposure to the sun can dry out the skin on the forehead. Some serious diseases, such as cancer, lupus or HIV, can cause a rash on the forehead.

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Sophie Stillwell has been writing professionally since 1992. She is published in "The Gorham Times" newspaper, "Private Colleges & Universities" magazine, on eHow and in several other publications. She has experience working as a paralegal, antiques dealer and neurobehavioral coach. Her writing topics frequently include frugal living, pets and health. Stillwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Maine.