Breakout on scalp? Get rid of them with dermat-recommended home hacks

Published on: 11 February 2022, 09:00 am IST

Getting a scalp pimple can be a real bummer, especially when it hurts. Take these dermat-recommended tips and bid adieu to them, without any hassle.

Don’t get bogged down by a scalp pimple. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Ouch! Have you stumbled upon acne on your scalp, while combing? Well, if yes, sadly your scalp has a breakout. But is it really possible? Of course, it is because your scalp is nothing but a patch of skin.

Scalp pimples are a form of folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicles. Sometimes, they can be caused by irritation, bacteria, fungal, or other infections. Traditional acne around the hairline is very common if you are prone to facial acne. It is also known as scalp folliculitis, and can be differentiated by seriousness, from mild to severe.

“Our skin develops pimples when pores get clogged because of sebum, the body’s natural moisturizer, or dead skin cells. Scalp pimple occurs for the same reasons, except it shows up either along the hairline or beyond that, on the scalp,” tells Dr Nivedita Dadu, renowned dermatologist, founder & chairman of Dr Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic.

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Going crazy scratching your head? It maybe because of a scalp pimple. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

But why do scalp pimples happen?

Not washing the hair regularly and thoroughly, wearing tight headgear, and build-up of hair products on the scalp are some causes of scalp pimples. Scalp pimples can develop in the form of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, or nodules on the scalp as well as at the back of the head. Yeast, bacteria, and mites can worsen the situation by entering into the pores and causing a reaction.

“Germs like Malassezia yeast, Staphylococcus aureus, Demodex folliculorum, and curtobacterium can cause severe scalp pimples. Stress, hormonal balance, certain foods, and abnormal immune responses can all be contributing factors for the appearance of these pimples,” says Dr Dadu.

Here are 6 hacks to get rid of scalp pimples

  1. Keep your scalp clean and wash your hair thoroughly. Avoid going to bed with any product in your hair. If you use gels, sprays, etc., do a quick rinse once you get home. Regularly wash your combs, hairbrushes, hats, and pillow covers.
  2. Treatment of scalp pimples also includes the use of topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide. It may include topical steroid creams and antihistamines.
  3. Steer clear of oily products that can clog the pores of the scalp, and consider a dandruff shampoo with antifungal medicine.

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    Dandruff is one of the major reasons for hair damage and fall. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  4. Using these shampoos can help you get rid of mild scalp pimples, but always consult a dermatologist if it becomes severe, persistent and starts causing hair loss and inflammation. The possible medications for scalp acne may include topical antibiotics, steroid creams or injections, oral antibiotics, antihistamines (for treating allergic reactions), phototherapy, clearing pores through physical extractions or isotretinoin (a form of vitamin A used to treat severe acne only).
  5. Avoid oiling the hair and using too many styling products, if you are already prone to this condition or have an oily scalp. Do not use heat styling tools very frequently.
  6. Make your wash-day routine count by lathering with medicated shampoos that are formulated with antibacterial ingredients, such as sulfur and salicylic acid. It’s best to lather and let the anti-inflammatory shampoo sit for five minutes, before rinsing for best effect. Combine salicylic acid and dilute sodium hypochlorite to knock out itching, folliculitis, and dandruff.So don’t get bogged down by a bum on your scalp, because it’s very well treatable.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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