How to get rid of scalp acne


As disconcerting as itchy scalp can be, imagine coming across a few stubborn pimples on your hair as you comb through it. Or visible red bumps starts lining up your hairline. This is indeed very scary, but it is not uncommon, mostly if you have an oily scalp.
So, for the purpose of this article, we will be looking at the following:
• Causes of acne on the scalp
• The microorganisms responsible for acne
• Other factors that can cause scalp acne
• Types of scalp acne
• Home remedies for scalp acne

Causes of scalp acne

Just like face acne, the primary cause of scalp acne is clogged pores or hair follicles. Your pores get clogged when bacteria, dead skin cells or your skin’s sebum enter your pores.
The microorganisms responsible for inflammation and scalp acne
Staphylococcus epidermidis
• Propionibacterium acnes ( acnes)
• Fungus
• Mites
Other factors that can clog pores and cause formation of scalp acne
• Product build-up from certain shampoos or other hair products
• Failure to wash your hair regularly or poor scalp hygiene
• Not washing or waiting too long to wash your hair after an intense workout
• Always donning a hat, helmet, or other equipment that causes friction against your scalp

Types Of Scalp Acne

Scalp acne usually occurs around the hairline. Though it can also appear in other parts of your scalp, there are fewer cases compared to the hairline.
• The acne on your scalp also varies in appearance. It may be:
• Mild – blackheads and whiteheads
• Moderate – papules and pustules that often occur on the skin‘s surface
• Severe – nodules and cysts that are often embedded within the skin
• More severe cases of scalp acne, such as acne necrotica and dissecting cellulitis, may cause blackened crusts on your scalp that leave behind permanent scars.

Scalp acne may seem harmless initially, but it can actually result in serious consequences like severe pain, hair loss, and even balding. So, it is better not to delay treating the condition.
Here are some natural remedies for treatment of scalp acne:

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has very potent anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively relieve acne. It also has active antimicrobial properties that can help in destroying the microbes that cause acne.

What You need:

A conditioner

What To Do:

• Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
• Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular conditioner and spread it evenly along your hair strands.
• Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off.
• Alternatively, you can also mix tea tree oil with any carrier oil and massage it into your scalp before shampooing.
• You must do this 3 to 4 times a week.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic, as well as antimicrobial properties. And all these properties work effectively to get rid of scalp acne. These properties do not only offer relief from acne symptoms, they also speed up healing.

What you need:

Unadulterated coconut oil

What To Do:

• Take some virgin coconut oil in a bowl and apply it evenly to your scalp and hair strands.
• Leave it on for at least an hour and wash off with a mild shampoo.
• You can also add tea tree essential oil to the coconut oil for added benefits.
• Do this at least 1 to 2 times a week.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a well known and widely used because of its healing and active anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a very effective home remedy and treatment for acne as it helps in reducing acne and relieving inflammation.

What you need:

Freshly extracted aloe gel

What To Do:

• Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf
• Apply it directly to the affected areas on the scalp.
• Leave it on for about 30 minutes before wiping it off.
• Do this 1 to 2 times daily or every alternate day until the acne disappears

Apple Cider Vinegar:

The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar restores the pH of your scalp. This, in turn, speeds up the healing of scalp acne. Apple cider vinegar also disinfects your scalp and prevents future breakouts with its antimicrobial properties

What you need:

• ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
• 1 ½ cups of water
• A few drops of tea tree oil or your preferred essential oil (optional)

What To Do:

• Add one and a half cup of water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil.
• Wash your hair with a mild shampoo
• Apply the apple cider vinegar mixture as the last rinse
• Pay rapt attention to your scalp while doing this
• If you can, do this whenever you wash your hair, preferably twice or thrice a week.
• Make sure you air dry your hair whenever you use this mixture.

Baking Soda

Baking soda helps in absorbing the excess sebum from your scalp, thereby keeping your scalp pores clean. It also removes any product build-up in your hair or scalp that may be causing the acne.

What you need:

• 1 tablespoon of baking soda
• 1 cup of water

What To Do:

• Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water.
• Mix well and apply it all over your scalp.
• Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
• Follow up with a conditioner.
• Do this 1 to 2 times every week.

Neem Leaves

Neem is a natural antiseptic that displays impressive antibacterial and antifungal activities. These actions help in combating the microbes causing the scalp acne

What you need:

• A handful of neem leaves
• 2 cups of water

What To Do:

• Add a handful of neem leaves to two cups of water.
• Bring this mixture to a boil in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
• Strain the mixture and allow the water to cool.
• Use the neem infused water to give your hair a final rinse after you are done shampooing and conditioning it.
• You must do this 2 to 3 times a week.


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