The term ‘subclinical acne’ is actually not a medical term or used by Dermatologists to describe acne. However, it has been used to describe a type of acne that presents as forehead bumps. These tiny bumps are more noticeable at different angles and make the skin feel bumpy and not smooth. These tiny bumps are actually all clogged pores called closed comedones. These clogged pores, if there long enough, can become inflamed or swollen and the acne can become more severe.
This type of acne can often be managed with over the counter options. The two main ingredients found for over the counter cleansers are benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Both will work to chemically exfoliate the surface of the skin to allow these pores to become ‘unclogged’. An over the counter cream that contains adapalene (this used to be a prescription) is very effective to treat this type of acne. It can also help to use an exfoliating scrub once to twice weekly to encourage a little more exfoliation to help treat this type of acne.