It is pretty normal and in fact, a lot less abhorrent to hear of acne on the face, the back, the shoulders, the arms and even the neck. But did you know that acne can occur on the strangest of places, including the scalp? Before you decide to bin your expensive shampoo bottle, here are a few need-to-knows on scalp pimples –
What Are The Causes?
Hitting painful bumps or pimples on the scalp can get irksome when you are brushing your hair or running your fingers through your thick locks. Thankfully, scalp pimples are not always visible unless you’re balding or suffer from excessive hair fall. Scalp pimples can cause itching and a whole lot of other psychological discomfort i.e. mood swings.
Like most other acne cases, scalp pimples are also caused when the sebum is produced in excess on the scalp and traps dead skin and bacteria, leading to pimples. Other causes include poor hair-care, allergic reactions, lack of sleep, stress and hormonal imbalances. Those who suffer from acute cases of acne such as ‘acne vulgaris’ are also prone to breakouts on the scalp. There are thankfully a number of ways that can control the reoccurrence of scalp pimples.
Can I Throw My Shampoo Now?
Throwing away that expensive bottle of shampoo is not going to guarantee the riddance of scalp pimples. There are plenty of other things you will need to do; starting with understanding the seriousness of the problem. If the rash or the pimples is intense, get to a doctor immediately; if not, here are few options you could try out at home –
- Aloe Vera gel/juice is extremely helpful when it comes to mitigating ANY kind of acne.
- Take a head bath using salt and sulphur – these methods go way back to the ancient times and keep the production of scalp oils in check.
- Check if the shampoo you use comes with zinc, salicylic acid or sulphur. If it doesn’t, it might time to get yourself a new shampoo!
- Add a couple of drops of tea-tree oil to a bucket of lukewarm water and rinse your head in this solution.
- In case of severe scalp pimples, shampoos that contain anti-fungal or anti-septic properties may be prescribed by your doctor or Trichologist. Never use medications on your own!