There are many TV advertisements about facial care products that can help prevent or treat acne and pimples on the face. However, little is known about scalp acne and its treatment. Although it is not as common as acne on the face, this skin problem may affect anyone. It may not be directly noticeable by other people but this type of acne can be as painful and annoying as nodular acne when touched. This poses added challenges when combing and grooming the hair. In addition, it can also result to hair loss if not treated properly.
Acne on the scalp develops just like acnes on other parts of the body. When the pores of the skin are clogged with oil and dirt, they will cause the follicles to swell up, developing into acne. Because hair traps dirt and oil, treating this kind of acne can be more challenging as they tend to keep coming back.
There are commercial products as well as home remedies that can help treat acnes on the scalp. Any kind of mild shampoo can be used to remove oil and dirt on the scalp which can clog the pores. Most over-the-counter acne treatments can also be used to treat scalp acnes. However, it is best to avoid products with benzoyl peroxide because they can result to discoloration of the hair.
During treatment, maintaining a short hairstyle can be helpful as it allows for easy application of topical medications without trapping dirt and oil which can clog again the pores. Avoiding oily hair styling products is also recommended. Instead, the best options are petroleum-free products or oil-free noncomedogenic products because they don’t clog the pores. And before sleeping at night, the hair must be washed to remove dirt, oil and other topical products that could be trapped in the pores.
Aside from using commercial products to get rid of scalp acnes, there are also natural remedies available. One of the most popularly used natural remedies is a mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. This solution is massaged on the scalp and then rinsed after at least five minutes. It is effective in disinfecting and recovering the pH balance of the scalp as well as in removing dirt. Another known remedy is the use of tea tree oil which contains anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. This oil can be diluted in water and then massaged on the scalp before rinsing. Honey and cinnamon can also help treat acne on the scalp. Honey and cinnamon are usually mixed to form a paste and then applied on the scalp. It should sit on the affected area for at least 15 minutes before rinsing to get the best effect.
The effects of commercial and natural remedies may vary from one person to another. Some people may find natural remedies to be more effective on them than commercial products, while it could be the opposite for others. If the acne still prevails despite trying all known remedies, it is best to see a dermatologist for proper treatment.