Hair care

What’s Growing Under My Hair? Dealing With Scalp Acne

What Is Scalp Acne?

Scalp Acne is acne that develops on the skin under your hair, also known as your scalp. It is not nearly as common as the typical acne on the face, shoulders and upper arms, but it does affect a lot of people with other types of acne.

Scalp Acne isn’t as visible as acne in other places, particularly the face. While that’s great news, it also makes it somewhat harder to treat and keep clean. The sore bumps and cysts can also make daily hair care and styling painful.

Like any other type of acne, scalp acne is caused by bacteria that grow on the inside of pores that get clogged with oil and dead skin cells (or other small dirt particles). As the bacteria grow, they produce swollen, red and infected areas.

How To Treat Scalp Acne

Scalp Acne can be treated very much like any other form of acne. Start by drinking plenty of water and eating healthy. Avoid foods that are known acne triggers such as chocolate, potato chips and greasy foods in general.

Keep your scalp clean by washing your hair daily with a very mild shampoo to keep the oil on your scalp at bay. Don’t use a harsh shampoo (for oily hair). It could backfire on you by causing your skin to produce more oil.

Tea tree oil does wonders for your scalp. Make a solution of tea tree oil, a little lavender oil, and olive oil and use it like any shampoo. Both tea tree oil and lavender have antiseptic properties that will help clear up any infections on your scalp.

You can also dip a cotton ball in a skin cleanser containing salicylic acid and apply on the acne area.

Do not use any acne cream/oil containing benzoyl peroxide or other peroxide ingredients on the scalp because it may change the color of your hair. This is particularly important if you have colored or treated hair.