How to treat scalp acne

Updated February 21, 2017

Scalp acne is a common skin condition that affects many people. It is caused in the same way as acne on the face, back and chest. Acne is the result of too much oil and dead skin clogging the pores. This leads to outbreaks of pimples, blackheads and other skin eruptions. The treatment for scalp acne is a little different than the treatment of face acne, but the principles are the same. Cleanliness and adhering to a regimen will help to reduce and get rid of scalp acne.

Exfoliate your scalp. Dead skin cells on the scalp also clog the hair follicles or pores. While shampooing can remove much of this dead layer of skin, cleaning the scalp directly can also help. There are commercial scalp scrubbers that gently exfoliate the scalp. You can also use homemade scalp cleaners. Use aspirin which is made of salicylic acid. Let several aspirins dissolve in a bowl of warm water. Then use an old toothbrush to greatly scrub each section of the scalp. This will remove all dead skin cells and unclog the pores.

Shampoo hair and scalp frequently. Scalp acne is the result of too much oil on the skin. Hormones can over stimulate the oil glands on the skin which overproduces sebum, natural oil. Some people have oily hair as a result of too much oil. If you suffer from scalp acne you have to increase the number of times you wash your hair each week. Choose a shampoo for your hair type. Be certain to rinse the hair thoroughly to remove all traces of the shampoo.

Condition only your hair. After each shampoo you need to condition the hair to make it manageable and to replenish the oils that have been washed away. But those with scalp acne do not need any more lubricants on the hair. When conditioning the hair do not rub the product into the scalp. Try to add the conditioner about one inch away from the scalp. Rinse thoroughly so no residue remains.

Use a homemade rinse after each shampoo. After you clean and condition your hair, a good astringent for the scalp is a rinse made of apple cider vinegar. Add a few ounces of the vinegar to water and pour through the hair. This ascetic acid restores the ph balance of the hair and also helps to cut down on pimples.

Apply acne medication to pimples. When you find a pimple on your scalp, use over-the-counter acne treatments like benzyl peroxide. This will help to dry out and treat the pimple.

Massage the scalp. A scalp massage relaxes you but it also helps to loosen the dead skin cells. A massage also increases circulation and brings more blood and nutrients to the scalp.

Brush the hair. Brushing the hair and scalp gently is another method to loosen up dead skin cells. But if you have a current outbreak of pimples on the scalp, don't brush because this can irritate the pimples which can lead to infection.

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