Acne, also known as pimples, zits, spots, papules or pustules, is a very common skin ailment that affects teenager more often than adults and children. It is common in teenagers due to the hormonal changes that occur within them at that age.
Acne is skin inflammation that occurs when the skin’s sebaceous gland gets infected with bacteria.
Factors that can increase the chances of having pimples or acne include; sleep deprivation, genetic factors, puberty, bacteria infestation, unhealthy eating habits, stress, and skincare products especially the oily ones.
Acne, and pimples, that occur on the scalp often appear as pustules. Pustules are red, inflamed, pus-filled acne. Scalp acne can be caused by a number of factors which include; having unwashed oily hair, using greasy hair products, stress, dirty environment, often use of headgear, hormonal changes.
The scalp, like other parts of the body, secretes sebum (oil) and if bacteria in the scalp combine with dead cells on the scalp and sebum, they may block scalp pores which could lead to acne.
Symptoms of scalp acne/pimple include; inflammation, pain, itching, and redness. If scalp acne is left untreated, it could exacerbate to folliculitis.
Treating scalp acne involves proper hair care that can be done from home. However, if the pain is very severe, you could visit a dermatologist. Antibiotics are usually prescribed in such cases.