How to deal with scalp acne

Scalp AcneAcne is a skin condition that is prevalent during puberty. There are so many different types of acne. One of the most painful and worst kinds of acne is scalp acne.

There are a lot of women who go through this condition and it is often a painful experience. This type of acne is quite uncommon among men.

Like other types of acne, scalp acne is the result of inflammation of the hair follicles and the sebaceous glands. This is caused due to increased production of sebum by the sebaceous glands.

In the case of scalp acne, sebum is excessively produced by the sebaceous glands in the scalp. The pores of the glands widen and cause the skin to become coarse and thick.

Unlike other types of acne, scalp acne isn’t directly visible to an external observer. However to the person suffering from it, it can be an extremely painful experience especially if the individual is a woman with a lot of hair.

Here are some other side effects of scalp acne…

  • Skin peels out (dandruff)
  • Scaly flakes all over the head
  • Hair loss due to growth of bacteria and parasites (the increased sebum production makes the scalp a favorable breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites)

Symptoms of scalp acne can be noticed as early as fifteen years. Skin peeling will gradually increase if ignored and will reach its maximum at the age of 18 (three-four years from the onset of the condition). The worst part is total and complete hair loss due to growth of parasites and other bacteria.

If you’ve spotted scalp acne in your child, the first and the most important thing to do is to consult your doctor. Now… the exact cause of scalp acne may not be entirely hormonal.

Acne in the face and neck is common among teenagers. The condition is caused due to hormonal disturbances.

However, in the case of scalp acne, the cause may be something else. It’s often a lack of moisture and nutrients in the scalp and hair follicles.

The deficiency may have been caused due to an imbalanced diet, hormonal disturbances or hair care products. There are so many hair care products that actually dry the hair and deplete the follicles of essential nutrients and moisture. When there’s little or no moisture left, your body naturally begins to produce more sebum to moisturize the skin.

Sebum in moderate quantities is healthy for your skin. However when produced in excess, it turns the skin layer into a favorable breeding ground for bacteria and other parasite which in turn leads to acne and other nasty skin conditions.
Your doctor/dermatologist will be able to examine your child and identify the actual cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment methods for the same.