Pimples on the Scalp

Pimples are most often seen on the face and neck, but they may develop on the scalp too. Here is a brief overview about the causes and treatment for scalp pimples.

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Fenugreek leaves can be an effective remedy for scalp pimples. Make a paste of fresh leaves and apply it on the pimples. Rinse after ten minutes.
Usually, pimples on the scalp go unnoticed due to the hair cover. Sometimes, they may get infected, thereby causing symptoms like pain. While occasional scalp pimples are not a cause of concern, they can be persistent and severe in some cases. When compared to locations like the face, neck, and back; scalp is less prone to develop pimples. However, scalp pimples are not uncommon. Irrespective of the location, the basic cause for pimples remain the same – clogged skin pores.

Pimples are mostly seen in locations with a high concentration of sebaceous glands. These glands produce the oily sebum, which finds its way out of the hair follicles, through small pores. These pores get clogged due to various reasons, thereby blocking the outward passage of the oil. The oil gets accumulated in the hair follicle, resulting in inflammation. The clogged skin pore may get infected, thereby producing pus. The immune system of the body reacts to this infection by sending more white blood cells to the site. The action of WBCs results in accumulation of dead bacteria and other chemicals. In some severe cases, the infection may also spread to the surrounding areas.

What Causes Scalp Pimples?

As mentioned above, the basic cause of pimples on the scalp is clogged hair follicles; which can be caused by various factors, like poor scalp hygiene, hormonal imbalance, inadequate intake of nutrients, high stress levels, seasonal changes, reactions to some drugs, excess intake of caffeine, and use of some hair care products. Excessive head sweating can also contribute to the condition, as it creates a humid environment for the bacteria to thrive. Though it is said that intake of certain foods worsens acne, there is no conclusive evidence to prove the same. Harsh chemicals or other ingredients in hair care products may irritate the follicles and cause pimples.
How to Get Rid of Pimples on the Scalp

Usually, scalp pimples resolve on their own and disappear within a few days, but severe ones require treatment. If the painful pimples on the scalp are persistent, you have to take immediate measures to control the condition. While medical attention is required for severe and persistent pimples, home remedies may prove sufficient for milder conditions.