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This is What Causes Pimples on Your Scalp and How to Treat It

Say goodbye to pesky scalp pimples!

Just like the rest of our skin, your scalp can have unwanted conditions too. From dandruff to itching to allergic reactions, we have to make sure to give our scalp the same care we would as our face and hair. However, one condition that is extremely common, but can be very frustrating to deal with: Pimples on the scalp.

Almost everybody at some point in their life deals with pimples on their scalp. Sometimes it may go away on its own, but other times you may need additional products. Plus, knowing the cause of the problems can be very beneficial too.

Keep scrolling to learn what causes pimples on your scalp and find products you can use to help treat the issue.

Causes of Pimples on Your Scalp

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Anyone can get scalp pimples.

Dealing with pimples on your scalp, but not sure what’s causing them? Check out these possible causes to help get to the bottom of the issue.

1. Build-Up of Dead Skin

It’s no secret, that pimples are caused by clogged pores. Your pores can get clogged by a build of dead skin and oil on your scalp. An easy way to help this issue is by using a scalp scrub 1-2 times per week. This will help exfoliate your scalp and remove some of that build-up.

2. Using the Wrong Products

When it comes to hair care, there isn’t a one-product-fits-all approach. Some shampoo and conditioner sets may work wonders for one person while being too heavy and weighing down someone else’s hair. If your shampoo is too heavy for your hair, this can cause product build-up which leads to clogged pores. Acne caused by your hair products is called acne cosmetica. It’s so popular it has its own name!

If you can’t figure out the cause of your pimples and feel like your hair is being weighed down, or a residue is being left on your hair after washing, it may be time to try switching up your shampoo and conditioner set.

3. Hormones Can Be a Factor of Pimples on Your Scalp

Just like your face, hormones can play a huge role in acne on your scalp too.    Hormones can control oil production and acne bacteria on your skin, which can both lead to an increase in pimples. If you think this may be what’s causing pimples on your scalp, it’s best to consult your doctor to figure out the best treatment for you.

4. Stress and Lack of Sleep

You know when you’re stressed and your face seems to instantly breakout? This can also happen on your scalp. Both stress and a lack of sleep can cause cortisol levels to rise, which may lead to an increase in oil production causing more clogged pores and acne. If this sounds like you, it’s important to prioritize self-care and make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. Creating a relaxing hair care routine can help you do this!

Products to Help Get Rid of Pimples on Your Scalp

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A scalp serum can help nourish and hydrate your scalp.

So, you’re ready to deal with your scalp acne one and for all. Check out these products, which can help get the pimples on your scalp under control.

1. Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub

Using a scrub is so important to help exfoliate your scalp. This helps remove product build-up, dead skin, and just overall gives your scalp a deep cleanse. Before shampooing apply a scoop of the scrub to your scalp and massage in like you would shampoo and then rinse. We love Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub because it detoxes your scalp from the root without being too harsh on your scalp.

2. Love Beauty and Planet Soothe & Nourish Hemp Seed Oil & Nana Leaf Scalp Serum

If your scalp is very oily and you think this could be the cause of your scalp pimples, you may need to hydrate your scalp. We know this sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true! If your scalp (or any part of your skin) if too dry, your skin may overproduce oil to try and make up for the lack of moisture. Try using a hydrating scalp serum, like Love Beauty and Planet Soothe & Nourish Hemp Seed Oil & Nana Leaf Scalp Serum. We love this serum because it uses coconut oil to nourish your scalp without weighing your hair down or making your strands greasy. Plus, it can be used on all hair types.

3. BHS Smooth Frizz Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner

Using a shampoo and conditioner set that contains salicylic acid can help reduce or get rid of pimples on scalp. We love BHS Smooth Frizz Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner because it contains 3% salicylic acid, fights any dandruff you may have, and helps smooth and reduce frizz.

4. SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil Scalp Soother

SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil Scalp Soother is perfect for anyone whose scalp is feeling irritated from wigs or protective styles. Scalp irritation can cause acne, which is why this play a role in what is causing your acne, which is why this product may be a great fit for you. We lobe it because it uses aloe vera, tea tree oil, and borage seed oil to help soothe and nourish your scalp. The extra dose of moisture help alleviates any tightness, irritation, or discomfort caused by protective hairstyles or wigs.

5. BHS Fresh Detox Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Looking for a very deep cleansing shampoo that’ll help tackle pesky acne?BHS Fresh Detox Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner is one of our favorite products to do this. It contains 3% salicylic acid and charcoal to help deeply cleanse while lightly nourishing your hair and scalp. Plus, this is a great option for anyone wanting to save time with a 2-in-1 product.

Whether you’re stressed, dealing with product build-up, or excess oil on your scalp, there are so many products you can use to help get rid of the pimples your on scalp.


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