Itchy red pimples on the scalp are very common. These pimples on the scalp are called scalp acne or folliculitis (inflammation around skin follicles).
What causes folliculitis (scalp acne)?
Scalp acne AKA Folliculitis starts with dead skin cells and oil clogging the opening of the scalp hair follicles. The most common cause for clogged skin pores on the scalp is sweating, humidity, and excessive use of your hair products. Once the hair follicles are clogged, they accumulate, bacteria, and fungi, which in turn cause skin inflammation, redness itch, and pain.
How can I prevent scalp pimples?
Scalp folliculitis is most commonly caused by humidity and sweating. The way to prevent scalp folliculitis is by washing the hair every day and avoiding oil or greasy hair products. Many hair products contain comedogenic compounds that can clog the scalp skin pores. Avoiding hats, especially in summer, will reduce sweating and humidity fo the scalp and will help prevent scalp folliculitis.
What is the best treatment pimples on the scalp?
The best products to unclog scalp hair follicles are medicated cleansers and creams that contain salicylic acid, AKA beta-hydroxy acid. Salicylic acid cleansers and creams can unclog the scalp skin pores and significantly reduce the risk for scalp "acne". In severe cases, there would need to add to the scalp treatment cream and shampoo some oral antibiotics (minocycline).
A good treatment routine for scalp folliculitis will routine that will combine a medicated salicylic acid 2% cleanser, with a medicated anti-fungal shampoo like this one or tea tree oil shampoo like this one.
How to use the MDacne medicated salicylic acid 2% cleanser for
scalp folliculitis (scalp acne):
1. Use your shampoo to clean your hair and scalp.
2. Wash off your shampoo. Leave the hair and scalp wet.
3. Massage a liberal amount of the medicated MDacne cleanser onto the scalp.
4. Gently massage to cover your whole scalp for 30 seconds.
5. Leave the cleanser on the scalp for 3 minutes.
6. Rinse off.
For best results, use your medicated cleanser three times per week.