How to Treat Scalp Acne

Written by andy

Scalp acne is an annoying problem, but there are solutions.

Acne can be a serious problem, one that affects just about everyone at some point in their lives. Whether it’s just the occasional pimple or more widespread acne, treating and preventing it is an important part of skin care. If you have scalp acne, you may find that many of the acne treatments you use for face or back acne just won’t work. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you CAN treat your scalp acne (and even a mild increase in scalp circulation can help dramatically):

Use tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an EXCELLENT skin and scalp cleanser, and you’ll find that the antibacterial properties in the oil can clear up chronic dandruff at the same time as it gets rid of the P. acne bacteria. To use the tea tree oil, dilute it with olive or almond oil (it’s VERY strong stuff!). Apply the oil to your scalp like you would any natural hair treatments, and let it sit on your skin for a few minutes. Wash it off with warm water, and rinse your hair with a gentle shampoo to remove any traces of the oil.


Apple cider vinegar is another one of those home remedies that work for just about everything (and apple cider vinegar hair cleansing treatments are enormously popular now), making it one of the best all-purpose tools to have at home. It’s a surprisingly effective scalp health remedy, and you can use it to deal with your scalp acne. All you need to do is dilute the ACV in warm water–about ½ cup of vinegar to 1 liter or so of water. Pour the liquid over your scalp, and massage it gently to ensure that the vinegar soaks into your skin. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wash it off with warm water and a gentle shampoo. You may not like the smell, but the vinegar will definitely get the job done.

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Use lemon juice

Lemon juice is rich in the Vitamin C that your skin and hair need in order to be healthy, and its antiseptic properties will help to get rid of the bacteria causing scalp acne and dandruff. Just make sure NOT to go out in the sun immediately following this remedy, as the sun can seriously burn your hair and head thanks to the acid in the lemon juice. Squeeze a few lemons into a cup of warm water, and pour the water into a pitcher. Fill the rest of the pitcher with rose water, and use the mixture to apply to your scalp. Wash it off after 10 or 15 minutes, and you’ll find that your skin is much healthier.

Use the right shampoo

Scalp acne is caused by excess oil, both in your hair and on your scalp. One of the best ways to prevent the problem is to simply stop the oil from building up in the first place, and you can do so by using the right shampoo — one that’ll help you avoid dry, crunchy hair, too.

Look for a shampoo that will help to eliminate most of the oils on your hair and head, and use it regularly. If you have oily skin, more frequent shampooing will be necessary to curb oil production. DON’T apply conditioner, as that will just increase the oil on your scalp once more. If you want to treat your current scalp acne, try to find a shampoo that contains salicylic acid. It’s almost like medicated shampoo, but it’s much weaker than the strong salicylic acid creams that you apply directly to your face. You’ll find that it makes for a much safer, simpler way to deal with the acne on your scalp!

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Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so six days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.

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