What Causes Scalp Acne?
The most common causes are poor hygiene, diet, and hormone imbalance for women. Headwear and hair products, such as heavy conditioners and products that contain wax also can be a cause. Any time we see a change in hormones—for example, puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause—we also see a breakout of acne.
How to Treat Scalp Acne
Although scalp acne can be hard to treat, certain ingredients can help manage the inflammation and heal these troubled areas:
Look for ingredients like tea tree oil, zinc, and 1% pyrithione. Salicylic acid and retinolic acid—a blend of retinol and glycolic acid—are also useful in keeping scalp breakouts under control. Acnethro soap, Acnethro gel, Cureac lotion & Benxop gel are highly recommended.
Hormonally induced acne can be hard to treat, but low-dose estrogen and progestin birth control pills, androgen pills and receptor blockers may help with regulating hormones. As women with acne tend to have higher levels of androgens, birth control pills that only contain progestin may make acne worse.
How to Prevent Future Breakouts
When it comes to preventing future breakouts, regulating your hormones is very important. Incorporating antibacterial ingredients in your daily routine and keeping heavy conditioners away from your scalp will also help prevent any flare-ups. When applying your conditioner, try only to use it on the ends of the hair and when you use a medicated shampoo focus just on the scalp. Leave the shampoo on the scalp for five minutes to allow the ingredients to activate and work.