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The Truth About Scalp Acne

Scalp Acne

Acne Spots and scar removal guide and information

Since skin covers your entire body, then acne can develop virtually anywhere.  Most people only associate acne with the face though.  Scalp acne occurs too when there are problems with the hair follicles on your head.

Whenever the hair follicles suffer an inflammatory reaction, it invites various microorganisms to invade the area.  No only can bacteria invade, but mites and yeasts can also cause problems. Inflammatory reactions that invade these organisms can occur because your hair is oilier than it's supposed to be.

You'll have this problems if you don't wash your hair as often as you should.  It's also possible that the hair care products you use have too much oil in them.  Some people develop scalp acne simply because they're too stressed out.

The pustules that appear because of scalp acne, are very small. They usually occur on the front hairline, but can possible affect the back of the head.  They will eventually become crusty and sore.  Some people also have problems with these pustules being itchy, prompting them to scratch their heads a lot.

These are symptoms of scalp acne in its mildest form.  Some people develop a more severe case.  They will develop much larger papules that will have a black crust.  Even after they leave, they may cause scars to form.  These scars can be unsightly, often being compared to the ones left behind after a bout of Chicken Pox.

In order to treat scalp acne, you'll need to use methods used to treat any other form.  You will need to use various products that help limit the presence of excess oil.  It's also best to use products that help moisturize your hair since it can become very dry when using anti-sebaceous products.

It's common to use anti-dandruff shampoo when you have scalp acne.  This is because this type of product normally contains anti-fungal agents.  In addition to shampoo, you may also benefit by using conditioner on your hair.

Another way to treat scalp acne involves the use of topical steroids.  They're mild in nature, but able to penetrate deeply enough to clear up the condition.

If you have acne on your scalp, then you may also be advised by your dermatologist to take oral antibiotics.  Topical antibiotics may also be used, but they cause excess dryness, so it's advised that you combine their use with a moisturizing product.

Various other medications can be used to treat scalp acne.  Oral isotretinoin and oral antihistamines are commonly used to treat the condition in both men and women.  Using special shampoo is one of the best options to prevent excessively oily hair however.

You can be affected by scalp acne for many different reasons, such as if your oil glands are overactive or if you're too stressed.  The condition is usually mild, so you can treat it using some of the same methods that you would any other form of acne.  You may also need to take antibiotics of some sort in order to keep infections under control.