Zits on the scalp, also referred to as scalp bumps, are small painful inflammations that invade the scalp area. These are small elevated structures that are sometimes referred to as head acne. When there are zits on the scalp, combing hair can certainly be a daunting task. An itchy scalp is often the result of formation of zits on the scalp. People with these bumpy elevations on the scalp area, are frequently observed scratching their head. As the scalp area usually has thick locks of hair, head acne usually goes unnoticed. A closer examination of the scalp in front of the mirror will reveal the rash.
Occurrence of zits means too much sebum is being produced in the scalp area. These small pimples that form a rash on the scalp are the result of overproduction of sebum (oil). As we all know, sebaceous glands that are located underneath the skin, produce sebum (an oily substance), which does the job of moisturizing the skin and prevents dryness. Although these sebaceous glands are spread all over the body, their presence is maximum in the facial skin and the scalp region. Below the hair follicles (sacs that act as hair root and from where the hair grow), lie the sebaceous glands. The oil produced by the sebaceous glands, makes its way through small pores that are found near the hair shaft.
However, malfunctioning of the sebaceous glands leads to too much production of sebum. As a result, the small openings (small pores) beside the hair shaft get blocked. Thus, the blocked pores do not allow the sebum to arrive on the scalp area. This causes build up of sebum in the surrounding area as well as the clogged pores irritate the scalp, leading to inflammation, which are known as zits. The clogged pores become breeding grounds for skin bacteria. Bacterial growth in the blocked pores can worsen acne and, if no treatment is taken on time, zits will be seen all over the scalp.
Shampoos that help to unclog the pores, as well as destroy the bacteria thriving on it, can certainly help to make the scalp free from zits. Following are treatment options:
Many people use Zincplex shampoo, as it is regarded as the best itchy scalp treatment. Pimples, lumps or a rash on scalp can always be treated with Zincplex. For a healthy scalp, Zincplex is definitely the best option. Besides unblocking the pores, it does an important job of killing bacteria. Indeed, scalp care with zincplex can give the desired results within a short time. Zincplex shampoo, which is a combination of herbs, promotes proper functioning of the sebaceous glands and ensures that excess sebum is not being produced. This will prevent scalp acne break-outs in future.
Apply salicylic acid on the affected areas of the scalp using a cotton ball. However, if there are too many zits on scalp, using zincplex shampoo or one that contains salicylic acid, is a better option.
Tea Tree Oil
This is yet another natural way to successfully treat scalp acne. Put some amount of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and then apply it on the scalp area that has shown formation of zits.
Unscented Baby Powder
Baby powder has also been recommended to put an end to the scalp problem, as it absorbs the excess oil causing acne. Before going to sleep, apply the baby powder, generously on the affected area.
White Vinegar Solution
To combat acne breakouts on scalp, use of white vinegar solution is also a good option. Before using white vinegar, one should first wash the scalp with a mild shampoo. Once this is done, use the white vinegar solution to massage the scalp. After a thorough massage, wash the scalp with warm water.
Say No To Benzoyl Peroxide Shampoos
Although shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide can resolve the issue, they are likely to change the natural hair color. Also, application of these shampoos is likely to cause excessive dryness.
However, if none of the treatment options work, certainly one has to go for prescription medications as per the doctor's recommendations. A dermatologist may prescribe some strong medicated shampoos to eliminate these bumpy structures on the scalp.