Getting Rid of Scalp Acne

If you have scalp acne, here's what you need to know

Scalp acne is an incredibly annoying problem. In some ways, it's better than facial acne since it's harder to see and more easily disguised. On the other hand, though, it's painful, embarrassing, and feels gross. Then there's simple tasks like brushing your hair, which become incredibly painful when you have scalp pimples.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to both treat and prevent acne on scalp lines and under your hair. Read on for some advice on dealing with scalp acne.

What causes scalp pimples?

Scalp pimples come from a double whammy. Not only does your skin secrete oil, your hair does, too. That means that the area under your hair gets a double dose of oils. If you wear hats, it's even worse: hats can cause your head to sweat, producing even more oil along your scalp.

There are other causes of pimples on scalp lines too, though. Some of them can involve allergic reactions, so the first thing you should do is change your shampoo and see if that makes a difference.

How to get rid of them

When it comes to scalp acne, there are no instant fixes. It can be really annoying to get rid of pimples under your hair because you can't exactly wash your head with anti acne soaps and medications. There are, however, some other things you can do.

First of all, if the acne is right along the scalp line, make sure you're washing your face thoroughly. It's really easy to do a great job on the center of your face but not work the soap into the edges: along your scalp, under your jaw, etc. It won't hurt your hair to get a tiny bit of soap in it, so don't worry about that.

If the pimples are actually under your hair and along your scalp, it's a bit more difficult. One thing you can do, though, is get your hands on a shampoo with antibacterial properties. They actually do sell anti acne shampoos, which is something to look into. However, any antibacterial shampoo will do the trick. Now make sure you're shampooing at least once a day. It may not be the best thing for your hair, but it's better than loads of scalp pimples.

If you get acne on scalp lines, you can also use many of the over the counter or homeopathic remedies you'd use on any facial acne. Don't worry: a bit of egg yolk or acne medication won't hurt the tiny bit of hair it encounters along the edges of your face. I wouldn't recommend trying to work these under your actual hair, though.

All pimples are annoying, but scalp acne can be particularly frustrating and painful. Follow these tips, brush your hair gently, and be patient: in a few weeks, you should see the scalp acne disappear.

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