Monday, March 18, 2013

Curing Scalp Acne

This might be kinda weird to write about, but maybe some people can relate.  It’s those itchy pimples on your scalp that ooze an oily substance when they pop.  Yeah gross!  Having them once-in-a-while is not really a problem.  It’s common around a menstrual cycle.  But some have a much bigger all-the-time problem, (and if you are unlucky to share a brush with them on a regular basis, you might get the problem too)!  

Circa 1970's The Last Time I Had Perfectly Healthy Hair!
I researched scalp acne and was able to eliminate it completely!  I’m not kidding.  I’m not really prone to this but as I said, sharing a brush or using the wrong shampoo or too many products on your hair could cause a horrible, itchy breakout!  If you have processed hair, or my suggestions aren’t working, consult a professional hair care consultant or even your doctor.

Some Possible Causes

Using too much of an oil-based shampoo or other hair-care products can also contribute to acne breakouts on the scalp.  I was using products to help with frizzy hair and I had to get rid of them.  I learned to read labels and avoid products such as shampoo, conditioner or gel that contain irritating substances like propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, alcohol, lanolin or mineral oil.  After spending a really long time in the pharmacy hair care isle, I was amazed how many brands have these ingredients—even the ones that are supposed to help with scalp problems.

Take Preventive Measures

To prevent scalp acne maintain good scalp hygiene.  Keep the scalp and hair free from dirt and grease by washing the scalp regularly with a mild shampoo and luke-warm water.  Keep anything like a hat or whatever you put on your head clean.  Clean hair brushes and combs and don’t share these with anyone.  Change pillowcases often.

Try This Cure

To cure scalp acne, I washed my hair with Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo.  Then I put a cup of vinegar in a condiment bottle (Walmart sells them in the plastics isle—it’s what you can put ketchup and mustard in).  I rinsed my hair with vinegar by squeezing the condiment bottle along my scalp until I felt every bit of scalp had been hit with the vinegar.  Then I rinsed very well with luke-warm water.  The colder the water, the better hair care products will rinse out.  That’s really important for eliminating scalp acne.  I recommend doing this cleansing process every so often to strip the build up in the hair.  I also avoided scratching my scalp and if I accidentally did, I would clean the pimple with hydrogen peroxide on a Q-tip.  

I also bought a brand new hair brush that prevents static cling (which was one reason I used products on my long hair).  And I hide this hairbrush and don’t let anyone else use it.  I keep other hair brushes around as decoys ;o)

Remember when the isle with shampoo contained a lot of other things besides just shampoo?  Have you checked out the local Walmart shampoo isle?  It is shelves and shelves on both sides of the isle, from top to bottom, filled with hair-care products.  Do you think hair-care products are being over-used?  Could this actually be harming our scalp and hair?  What do you say?


cole said...

The first time I had this condition was 2.5 years and it lasted a painful 3 months. I just had an out break in November and it lasted till now. I strongly believe it was caused by a shampoo conditioner.

My cure after trying many was using a skin cream ointment with Clotrimazol 1%, Neomycin 0.5%, Dexametaona 0.04% and I mixed it with full strength Iodine-iodine is a strong fungicide. It makes a good dark red paste. I popped the pimples and rubbed in the mixture. When I started my lymph gland in the back of my head was swollen and hurt horribly and after five days it is now normal size. No more pimples and it works. DO NOT PUT STRAIGHT IODINE ON THE PIMPLES AS IT WILL BURN HORRIBLY-TRUST ME. The mixture will sting a little but not unbearable. It worked for me. Try it on a small area and see. I saw relief within a few hours.

Heather A. said...

Scalp acne can get out-of-hand fast and can last a long time. I believe conditioners can be a source of the problem as well. I'm glad you found a way to cure your scalp acne. I recommend that folks with a serious skin condition see a doctor or dermatologist. I also think we should do all we can to eliminate the source of the problem such as hair products and using only clean hair brushes and combs.

David Thrailkill said...

For scalp acne or scalp pimples, I have tried it all. The simple solution is to clean your scalp daily with alcohol, I do it before bed time. Since I started doing that 6 months ago I have not had one bump and I suffered with this for 20 years

Heather A. said...

Good info to know!

cole said...

Sounds good David and makes sense. I have also used isodine which is an iodine solution to dry them up.. It dries them up but they reuccur although much smaller. I also think stress plays a big part in them occuring. I was free for about a week until yesterday. I am going to try the alchol. I hate those buggers, they are so painful.


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