While getting pimples on your scalp might not be the most common place to have them pop up - it is definitely possible.
Ultimately, your head has hair follicles just like the rest of your face, and when those follicles get clogged with oils, dead skin, or bacteria, you can find yourself with a few (or a lot) of scalp pimples.
Whether they tend to form on your hairline, or they are deeply embedded in the scalp, scalp pimples tend to function similarly to pimples elsewhere on the body.
In this article, we will cover some of the things you can do to help avoid those pesky scalp pimples.
If you have been skimping on washing your hair to try and achieve the messy bedhead look, or improve the health of your hair, if it is causing too much of an oil buildup on your scalp you might be doing yourself a disservice.
Extra oil might look great on your locks, but if you are clogging your scalp pores in the process, you may end up discovering a few scalp pimples to contend with.
Washing at least twice weekly might be enough to keep extra scalp oil at bay, but everyone is a little different so go by what makes your scalp look and feel the healthiest.
If your scalp breakout started suspiciously close to when you began using that discount bin conditioner, it could be that certain harsh or poor quality ingredients could be creating unwanted scalp pimples.
Try to use hair products with gentle ingredients, that don’t feel like they are leaving a film or buildup on your scalp to let your scalp breathe.
When you are washing your hair, use your fingers to really work through your scalp and remove all that product buildup or excess oil.
Just smearing a little shampoo over the area will get the top layer of the hair, but will leave a whole bunch of pore-clogging gunk on the top of the scalp.
Wash your hair like you are giving yourself a 1-minute scalp massage to make sure you clear off all that buildup that could be bringing on scalp pimples.
The hairline is an easy one to miss when you are doing your daily face washing, toning, serums, and moisturizing, but with this area being a catch-all for oils and products coming off your hair, this area needs to be a priority.
Take extra care when washing your face to gently trace along the hairline, and give this area serum and moisturizer love too.
Maybe you are awesome at pulling off the hat look so you rock one on the regular, but you tend to notice that you have more scalp pimples than before, especially along the area in contact with the hat.
Headwear, like hats, tends to increase the heat and humidity on the scalp which is a favorite breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
If you don’t want to give up your hat habit, wash washable hats regularly, or try to find ones that are looser or more breathable to help avoid scalp pimples.
While it might seem more convenient to do a quick rinse-and-go after your morning workout, if you are skipping a thorough scalp wash after a particularly sweaty gym session you could be increasing your risk of developing scalp pimples.
While sweating is great for your body, and the sweat itself does not directly cause acne, there is an increase of bacteria in the area after you sweat.
Try to schedule your big workouts on your current hair washing days to avoid unwanted scalp pimples.
Popping or picking at the acne on your face can increase your risk of spreading the bacteria elsewhere, including your hairline and scalp.
Take care of pimples on your face using acne washes or medications and keep those hands off to avoid aggravating the situation.
And, if the scalp acne seems to be just an extension of your face acne, take care of the main problem first to see if your scalp acne follows suit.
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If you have tried everything but you still seem to have the occasional scalp or hairline pimple, look into switching to a medicated shampoo.
Medicated shampoos are formulated specifically to address acne and skin issues on the scalp, and even once the scalp acne has cleared you can continue with these shampoos for continuous or periodic scalp maintenance.
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If you start every day by applying 6 different products to your scalp, it might eventually act up in the form of irritation or scalp pimples.
Try to find a hairstyle that will give your scalp a break from all the products for a few days a week, and the scalp pimples might clear up.
Hey, you might even end up liking the low-maintenance look.
If you still have scalp acne problems after trying all of these tips, or your scalp acne seems abnormal or severe, it might be time to speak with a doctor or dermatologist to make sure nothing else more serious is going on.
Severe itching, irritation, pain, swelling, or redness that is more intense than your general pimple could indicate that prescription creams or oral medications might be needed.