Solving Scalp Acne

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Just like the face and body, the scalp can be prone to breakouts, too. Pimples, whiteheads and blackheads on the upper forehead, at the hair line and in the scalp are not uncommon. This can be a result of genetics, bacteria, hormones, or simply oiliness.

To treat an unexpected blemish or two, you can apply salicylic acid to a cotton swab and gently dab it on the pimple. Steer clear of acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or other peroxide ingredients since they can potentially alter your hair color.

If you’re faced with a more severe case of scalp acne, your dermatologist can prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic. You may also want to inquire about shampoos that contain salicylic acid, since they help exfoliate the hair follicles and stop them from clogging.

And remember: just because scalp acne is hidden by your hair doesn’t mean it’s OK with pop a pimple up there!

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