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Scalp Pimples - Reasons Behind It!

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Dr. Malini Patil 92% (1163 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Thane  •  21 years experience
Scalp Pimples - Reasons Behind It!

Pimples or acne is the skin problem that is seen due to the excessive oil clogged in the skin pores. Acne on the face is very common, but it is not restricted to just your face. Acne can appear on your back, your chest area and in some rare cases on the scalp as well. Yes, Scalp acne or scalp pimples are not something uncommon.

Scalp pimples are formed in the same way as the face. It is due to the excessive oil clogged in the skin pores on the scalp. It can be hard to notice scalp pimples at the early stage as your hair cover them up. Presence of hair can often make it hard to treat them properly. But once diagnosed, they can be effectually treated. Therefore know the causes of the same is of great importance.

Here are some of the common reasons that cause scalp acne:

  1. Not washing hair for long: Usually, when you leave your hair unwashed for a long time, it gets oily and resulting in clogged pores due to excess oil. When bacteria enter into those clogged pores, you get scalp pimples. You should make sure to wash your hair frequently. Especially, if you have oily hair, then make sure to wash it hair every single day with a mild cleanser to get rid of the excess oil produced.
  2. Stress: Stress is another important factor that is responsible for scalp pimples. You must be aware that stress causes facial pimples and it is the same with scalp pimples as well. The pimples caused due to stress can be really painful. So, avoid taking too much stress. You can relieve the stress by practising yoga and meditation.
  3. Too many hair products: Many people use hair products like hair gel or hair spray that make the hair really oily. When used in excess, these hair products can clog the pores on the scalp and cause scalp pimples. So, in order to treat scalp acne, make sure to avoid hair styling products as much as possible. This is not just going to treat the pimples on your scalp, but will also prevent more pimples from coming up.
  4. Things around you: Usually, you miss some simple things around you that can cause scalp pimples like pillows and bed sheets. It may surprise you that using pillow covers and bedsheets for a long period of time can result in facial acne as well as scalp pimples. It is essential that your bedding is washed every week to avoid the problem of acne.

Talking to a specialist is essential in case of scalp pimples as they can be painful and spread Do not neglect them as they can get more painful. Medicine along with a little care can help you to get rid of scalp pimples.

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