Scalp acne – what are these pimples on my head?
You may be aware that acne can be found in many different places on the body, but did you know it’s also possible to suffer from it on your scalp? Those little spots you’ve felt while running your fingers through your hair could actually be scalp acne. But don’t worry though, it’s a lot more common than you think and there are many remedies for scalp acne. What causes it, though? And what are the treatments for scalp acne? Read on to be enlightened.
What is scalp acne and what causes it?
Don't fret - follow these tips to get your scalp acne cleared up in no time
Scalp acne are the pesky pimples that can sprout up on your hairline or underneath your hair itself, which can make combing, brushing, or styling annoying and even painful at times. Scalp acne can be caused by hormones, genetics, and clogged pores. Unfortunately, this means that some people are just prone to scalp acne, especially if they already have acne on other parts of their body. However, if your scalp acne is caused by clogged pores, this could be down to something you don’t even realize you’re doing. Do any of the following points sound familiar?
- Using too many hair products such as gel, hairspray and dry shampoo and not washing them out. This blocks the pores and can lead to breakouts and irritation.
- Waiting too long to wash your hair after working out.
- Not washing your hair as often as you should.
- Not washing your hair as thoroughly as you should.
- Wearing a hat or other form of headgear that causes friction against your scalp as well as a buildup of bacteria.
- All these points can result in clogged pores - the perfect situation for a pimple to pop up.
How to treat scalp acne and prevent it from occurring
If your scalp acne is hormonal or genetic, a dermatologist will help you figure out the best treatment plan for your skin. This usually involves medicated shampoos, isotretinoin, or prescription or over-the-counter products that are gentle to your hair and scalp.
If your breakouts are the result of clogged pores, a couple of changes may be enough to rectify the problem.
Tip 1: You wouldn’t go to bed without removing your makeup, would you? So why go to bed with your hair caked full of hairspray? It’s the same principle. No matter how tired you are, always make sure you rinse all products out of your hair at the end of the day. The same goes for if you’ve been wearing a tight hat or a helmet all day – give your hair a quick wash to rid your scalp of all the oil that’s built up throughout the day.
Tip 2: Exfoliate your scalp. Give yourself scalp massages every now and then to stimulate the scalp and get rid of product buildup and excess oil.
Tip 3: No matter how tempting it may be, do not pick at or squeeze the pimples. Similarly, avoid brushing around the area and take care not to apply too much pressure when shampooing. Popping the pimple could spread bacteria to nearby pores or follicles and lead to more acne, which could lead to scarring in the worst case.
Tip 4: Try to relax. Stress can cause your cortisol levels to rise, which can increase oil production on your scalp. Since stress also affects your immune system, this could explain the effect on your skin.
Tip 5: Making a couple of small changes to your diet can work wonders, such as cutting down on fatty foods and drinking plenty of water. This article on healthy scalp tips for gorgeous hair delves deeper into the topic of diets and scalp health.
If you’ve amended your beauty routine and your scalp acne still hasn’t gotten any better after three weeks, we recommend you see a dermatologist so they can help you get rid of scalp acne for good.