Have you ever gotten a pimple on your scalp? Finding a bump anywhere on your body can be frightening, but keep in mind it is actually common to get acne on your scalp. Just like acne on your face, pimples can be caused by oil and dead skin cells.1 Oil and dead skin cells can get stuck in your hair follicles and cause those nasty red bumps.1 However, blemishes on your scalp can also be caused by cysts on your scalp, dandruff or other skin conditions.1
If you are unsure whether or not a bump on your scalp is simply acne or another skin condition, see your dermatologist, especially if it lasts longer than a week or two. Your dermatologist will be able to tell what the bump is and give you a specific treatment. They will also be able to make sure the bump on your scalp isn’t anything serious.1
If you frequently get acne on your scalp and would like to prevent it, here are some tips:
- Avoid touching your scalp, especially with dirty hands.1
- Wash your hair more often, especially if you are prone to an oily scalp.1
- Don’t pick or scratch at existing acne or bumps on your scalp.1
- Try an exfoliating scalp treatment about once a week to get rid of the excess dry skin, oil, and leftover product residue.1 Try Keranique’s Micro-Exfoliating Revitalizing Mask.
- Tea tree oil can also be added to your shampoo or conditioner to help avoid acne in the future and heal your scalp.1
- Avoid thick or greasy hair treatments or products on and around your scalp.1
Do you get acne on your scalp? What is your favorite way to treat and prevent acne from reappearing on your scalp? Let us know by sharing in the comments below!
1 – Information from Byrdie