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A 24-year-old male asked:

possible cause of scalp acne?

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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology 18 years experience
Bacteria +/- Yeast: Scalp acne can be caused by bacterial and/or yeast overcolonization. Sometimes occlusive hair products can cause it also. Occasionally, more serious things can cause acne-type pimples in the scalp. If you see a dermatologist, they should be able to help you determine the best course of action.
Dr. Joshua Fox
Dermatology 39 years experience
Other: Other factors can also play a role such as blockage of the pores eg. With oils, irritation and infection of the hair follicles, hormonal changes etc. Different people are predisposed to acne in different areas. Some people get facial acne and others get back acne.

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What can I do to treat scalp acne?

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Folliculitis: Try a therapeutic shampoo that contains a sulfa and/or salicylic acid derivative.
Safety Harbor, FL
A 42-year-old male asked:

Recurring scalp acne - just in one location. Sometime very thick paste like acne.

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Dr. Rhonda Simons
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Could be a cyst: And not actual acne..If those are "squeezed", really thick, stinky goo will come out, and they might go away for a little while; however, if the capsule that holds the goo is not surgically removed or destroyed, then it will just continue to fill up with goo again. Have a derm take a good look and give an opinion. Also they can become secondarily infected, and might need antibiotics on occasion.

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