Acne and Why it Appears
Although most of you are familiar
with facial acne and back acne, not many have heard of scalp acne.
Scalp acne, also known as scalp folliculitis, is an infection in
the hair follicle that usually occurs along the hair line. Scalp
acne occurs when bacteria or a fungus seeps into the skin around
the hair follicle. This is typically caused by bathing in a hot
tub that hasn’t been cleaned or properly chlorinated or by
an irritated in-grown hair.
Other reasons scalp acne can appear are:
Unfortunately, scalp acne is contagious.
This condition is characterized by small, pus-filled pimples, which
are usually found along the hair line. The pus can sometimes contain
blood. Although typically found on the head, like the name “scalp
acne” implies, this condition can also appear on the arms,
armpits or legs.
- Wearing tight clothing
- Heat and humidity
- Chronic skin conditions like eczema
- Not washing your hair on a regular basis
If you suspect you have scalp acne, visit a dermatologist immediately.
If your scalp acne is mild, an over-the-counter topical antibiotic
can sometimes do the trick. If scalp acne affects various places
on the body, or if it covers a large area, your doctor may instead
prescribe an oral antibiotic. But, if the scalp acne is caused by
a fungus instead of bacteria, an antifungal cream or drug may be
the best treatment.
Since scalp acne is contagious, it is recommended you not share
a towel or razor with someone who has the infection. Shaving the
affected area is not recommended if you have scalp acne. Also, shampooing
on a regular basis can help prevent scalp acne. Avoid hot tubs or
whirlpool spas, since bacteria are often found there.