If there is one common skin issue that gives nightmares to almost all teens and youth, it is ‘pimples’. It is hard to find someone this ‘little devil has not kissed’. But just when you realized that they could not reach beyond your face, chest, back, etc., you discovered them right on your scalp! We hate to break it to you, but acne and pimple can attack several other parts of your body rather than the mentioned ones. Our scalp is one such area where pimple attacks are widespread, and you must not leave them untreated. So, let’s find out more about scalp pimples and a few natural home remedies that can help you banish them quickly and effectively.
About Scalp Pimples Or Scalp Acne
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, which gets exposed to all kinds of good and bad situations. The effects of every unhealthy condition are mirrored by it directly. Being an extended version of the skin, the scalp is also prone to different types of issues, including breakouts.
If you have an oily scalp or a tendency to sweat often, you might have already experienced ‘scalp folliculitis’ (commonly known as ‘scalp pimples’ or ‘scalp acne’). (1) In this condition, the scalp breaks out as one or more hair follicles get inflamed. It is equally painful like any other acne or breakout and extremely annoying. However, scalp pimples pop out beneath the skin of the scalp. Hence, they are slightly difficult to deal with.
Reasons That Cause Scalp Pimples
As mentioned earlier, pimples develop on the scalp due to the blocking of the hair follicles. Several factors can elevate the issue of follicle inflammation and trigger pimples on the scalp. These include: (2)
- Excessive sweating of the scalp
- Dust and pollution
- Lack of hygiene
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Poor diet
- Addiction to caffeine
- An increase in stress level
- Side effects of medicines
How To Treat Scalp Pimples
The good news is that scalp pimples can be treated easily and prevented by making minor tweaks in your everyday life. Here are the tips you need to follow to get rid of them:
- Treat your scalp with the utmost love and care, just like the rest of your body. Always keep it dry, clean, and free from excess oil.
- Bring healthy changes to your daily diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle for preventing and managing scalp pimples in the long run.
- Many anti-acne medications intended for the scalp are available in the market. However, it is better to consult with an expert before taking these.
Home Remedies For Scalp Pimples
There are quite a lot of simple and effective home remedies that can help you cure pesky scalp pimples naturally. Check them out below: (3)
1. Neem Leaves
Neem leaves are considered full of medicinal (anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and so on) properties. Hence, washing the scalp and hair in water boiled with fresh neem leaves proves highly effective in warding off pimples from the scalp.
2. Lemon Juice
Squeeze out the fresh juice of half a lemon and apply it directly to the pimples on your scalp. The oil-controlling capacity of lemon juice will reduce the excess oil production on your scalp and keep it flake-free, thereby eliminating pimples.
Being a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient, garlic can keep scalp pimples away. Applying crushed garlic or its juice directly to the scalp also dries up pimples quickly and eliminates the pain caused by them.
4. Ripe Papaya
Not only is papaya a rich source of antioxidants, but it also helps in soothing inflammation. Grind a few pieces of ripe papaya (along with its seeds) into a smooth paste and apply it all over your scalp by covering the follicles. This gives instant relief from scalp pimples.
5. Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass is rich in antioxidants, which help detoxify the body and keep the scalp clean. Therefore, consuming wheatgrass juice daily is beneficial for curing scalp pimples.
6. Yogurt And Oatmeal
Both yogurt and oatmeal have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, oatmeal helps cleanse the scalp, while yogurt soothes it beautifully. So, mix 2 tablespoons of fine oatmeal powder with 3 tablespoons of fresh yogurt and apply it all over your scalp covering the roots and follicles nicely. Once it dries, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
7. Groundnut Oil And Lime Juice
Cold-pressed groundnut oil has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, while the juice of the lime keeps the scalp free from excess oil and dandruff. So, prepare a concoction of groundnut oil and freshly squeezed lime juice and apply it to your scalp focusing on the troubled areas.
8. Nutmeg And Raw Milk
Grate one nutmeg, mix it with raw milk, and apply the mixture to the pimples on your scalp. Leave it for a couple of hours and wash it off with plain water. Nutmeg is full of medicinal values, and combining it with milk eliminates both the pimples and their marks.
9. Olive Oil And Tea Tree Oil
The medicinal properties of tea tree oil eliminate pimples, while the nourishing qualities of olive oil help heal the affected area of the scalp thoroughly. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of olive oil and massage it on your scalp. Rinse it off after an hour or two to see great results.
10. Lavender Oil Blend
Lavender oil can control excess oil secretion on the scalp and dry up pimples like magic. Mix 1 part of lavender oil with 1 part of olive oil and 4 parts of tea tree oil and apply the oil blend to the affected areas of your scalp. Leave it on the scalp for 30 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Stop using greasy hair products if you have scalp pimples.
- Try a gentle exfoliating scalp treatment once a week.
- Never try to pop a pimple on your scalp. It will worsen the situation further!
- “Scalp folliculitis” -dermnetnz.org
- “How to treat and prevent scalp acne” -medicalnewstoday.com
- “Scalp Acne: Medical Treatment, Home Remedies, and Self-Care” – emedihealth.com