Scalp Acne: Causes and Treatment

Unless your hair is extremely short, scalp acne is almost unnoticeable and most of the time goes unnoticed. On the other hand, for people struggling with that problem, it can be really painful, annoying and often causes hair loss. This problem needs to be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid further hair damage.

What are the causes?

It occurs when the pores of the scalp get clogged with oils and dirt. This usually makes the hair follicles swell up and become infected with bacteria if the clogging remains unclear. The blockage is normally caused by overactive sebaceous glands or surface debris.

The sebaceous glands become overactive perhaps due to poor diet, stress, hormonal imbalance, or heredity factors. However, surface debris are usually caused by excessive application of oily styling products or cases of poor hygiene, since hair is known to trap oil and dirt close to the scalp, treating this type of scalp acne can be a bit more challenging.


Experts recommend the use of the correct shampoo because poor quality shampoo and irregular schedules of shampooing are the major causes of this irritating condition. You may want to consult a hair expert to recommend the best brand of shampoos for this particular problem. Poor hygiene has also been mentioned as one of the leading causes of acne on the scalp.

Therefore, achieving a dirt free scalp by washing your hair frequently, will go a long way in getting rid of this annoying problem. Wash your hair twice a day or at least once if you do not have the time to wash it twice in a day.

Brushing your hair is also a great way of getting rid of acne on the scalp because it aids in loosening up dead skin cells. However, if you are dealing with hair root pain, this might not be in your best interest, exploit other avenues. Also make sure to brush your hair gently and cautiously if you choose to brush it. There are also topical as well as oral antibiotics for treating scalp acne. Some antibiotics also contain anti-inflammatory abilities. Take your time and consult a dermatologist who will advise on the best topical treatment or antibiotics.

If you are suffering from more than one scalp problem, it is important for you to see a doctor or dermatologist before using any treatment. Failure to do so might worsen the situation. They will be in a position to establish how severe and extensive your scalp problem is and then determine the most appropriate course of treatment for you.

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Scalp Acne: Causes and Treatment

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