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Scalp Acne Treatments for Itch-free Healthier Scalp!

Just like acne elsewhere, acne on the scalp generally occurs when your pores get clogged with dead skin cells and sebum (skin’s natural oil). Scalp acne is a real trouble when it stays long! They tend to get itchy and sore taking away all your attention. 

What’s covered in this article:
What causes scalp acne?
How to treat scalp acne using shampoo?
Dermatologist-Recommended Treatments for scalp acne.
✔ How to Prevent Scalp Acne?

What causes scalp acne?

Here’s what clogs your scalp pores:

  • Dead skin cells and oil clog the hair follicles.
  • The leftovers of your shampoo and hair products, such as gel or hairspray.
  • Not keeping your scalp clean from dirt.
  • Irregular hair washing can cause scalp acne, for some people.
  • For others, washing the hair too much can strip the skin of protective sebum, which can increase the risk of other contaminants getting in resulting in scalp acne. 
  • Covering your scalp with a hat, helmet or anything that causes friction against your scalp

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How to treat scalp acne using shampoo?

To treat your scalp acne, the first step is to prevent your scalp pores from clogging. Hence, keeping your scalp clean is important. Unfortunately, some shampoos and conditioners can cause scalp acne too. 

Try using shampoos and conditioners which have any of these following ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid: It exfoliates dead skin cells so they do not enter pores and cause acne.
  • Glycolic acid: Helps kill acne-causing micro bacteria.
  • Anti-dandruff shampoos having Ketoconazole or ciclopirox: Acts as an antifungal agent that prevents scalp acne.
  • Tea tree oil: Its antibacterial properties help fight acne.
  • Jojoba oil: Adding it to your shampoo helps reduce scalp acne inflammation

If your scalp acne does not respond to any of such shampoos, it seems like you need an expert, contact your dermatologist asap.

Dermatologist-Recommended Treatments for Scalp Acne.

If nothing works, the best option for you is to get guidance from a Dermatologist to avoid worsening scalp condition and impending hair loss. 

You may need a prescription treatment to reduce scalp acne inflammation. If you have a severe or persistent case of scalp acne, your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Antibiotic Cream.
  • Oral medications.
  • Isotretinoin.
  • Light therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical extractions to clear pores

How to Prevent Scalp Acne?

Hygiene helps avoid clogged pores. Hence, wash your hair whenever it starts to feel greasy.

To prevent scalp acne:

  • Wear a loose-fitting helmet, to let the scalp breathe.
  • Wash hair before it starts getting greasy.
  • Switch to natural, hypoallergenic hair care products. 

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  • Avoid too many hair products with chemicals, such as hair sprays and gels.
  • Get enough vitamin A, D, and E in your diet to keep your skin and hair healthy. 
  • If you use hair products like waxes, hair sprays, etc, use a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo to wash it off later. 
  • Clarifying shampoos remove dirt, oil, and product buildup from your hair. But, avoid using clarifying shampoo if your hair is heat-treated as it may further dry out your hair.
  • Keep yourself away from processed foods with high sugar content, high oil content etc as it may worsen your scalp-acne conditions.

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