A Guide to Understanding Scalp Acne

Everyone has heard of acne on the face but many people have never heard of scalp acne.  This condition is caused when the pores become blocked and inflamed.  The sebaceous glands along with hair follicles are not only found on the face, but also the neck, shoulders, back, and head so the normal signs of acne could show up on many parts of the body.

The primary causes of scalp acne include poor hygiene, stress, hormonal imbalance, inadequate diet, changing of the seasons, certain medications, especially steroids, long exposure to the sun, high-caffeine beverages, some spices, and even hereditary.  The challenge with scalp acne is that in addition to the red, irritated, and swollen spots, it can be painful.

Keep in mind that there are several different types of scalp acne.  For instance, two of the more common types include scalp folliculitis and acne necrotica miliaris.  For the first condition, the acne breakout is mild but with the second condition, the condition is usually quite severe.  In both cases, someone using hair products that contain heavy oils or not shampooing the hair often enough would be the cause.

For any type of scalp acne, the most important thing is to shampoo at least every other day, preferably daily.  For this, a solution of benzyl peroxide is needed.  The only thing is that this solution can change a person’s hair color so it should be used initially in small amounts to determine the degree of change.  Of course, if the scalp acne is causing serious itching, anti-itch products formulated for the head and coal tar shampoo work amazingly well.  In addition, doctors can recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine or prescribe something for relief.

When scale acne is at its worst, the “pimples” are actually black, which would cover the entire head.  In addition, these cysts become inflamed and can become increasingly larger.  Additionally, scalp acne can be the result of some microorganisms to include yeast, bacteria, and mites.  In this case, a doctor would probably prescribe a prescription orally or a topical solution to apply to the head.

Any treatment used for scalp acne, the head would need to be thoroughly cleaned with salicylic acid, using cotton balls.  From there, a mild shampoo should be used daily.  In addition, dandruff shampoo should be avoided unless it is used with a rich conditioner in that it can dry the scalp out making the problem worse.  Then, in extreme conditions, oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, and oral topical steroids would likely be prescribed.

The thing to remember is that while scalp acne causes numerous problems, it is a common condition.  Both men and women can develop acne of this type and it affects people of varying ages.  In most cases, keeping the scalp clean would get the scalp acne under control and prevent it from returning.  For people that develop scalp acne, regardless of type or severity, the problem can be huge and embarrassing.  However, scalp acne is usually very simple to cure.


 

 


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