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How to stop acne on my scalp ?

How to stop acne on my scalp ?

SCALP ACNE: If you are sure it's acne, then you should shampoo daily with a shampoo that has zinc pyrithione in it. And , yes, daily. No creams or lotions or gels or waxes no hair cosmetics at all for at least 10 days. If no better, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Does the use of hairspray or gel contribute to the creation of red spots/acne on my scalp?

Does the use of hairspray or gel contribute to the creation of red spots/acne on my scalp?

Styling products: often contain alcohol, fragrances and other harsh ingredients that can irritate the scalp. Dryness, flaking, scabbing, itchiness and sores are indicators that this may be happening. ...Read more

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I use testerone replacement therapy and have developed lots of acne on my scalp. Is this normal with using testosterone and what treatment is there?

I use testerone replacement therapy and have developed lots of acne on my scalp. Is this normal with using testosterone and what treatment is there?

Several options: Increased secretion from skin oil glands is a frequent side effect of testosterone replacement therapy, especially if your total and/or free testosterone levels are excessive. Have your labs rechecked. Since your problem area seems to be limited to your scalp, perhaps a medicated shampoo. A course of oral antibiotics, like Clindamycin is sometimes used to clear up the problem, which my not return. ...Read more

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I have a problem with yellowish sore like acne on my scalp, nose and around my mouth its been 3 years now.Please help me.Thanks?

I have a problem with yellowish sore like acne on my scalp, nose and around my mouth its been 3 years now.Please help me.Thanks?

3 years is a while: A person with 3 years of rash or other skin lesions on the face can be evaluated by a dermatologist to see what is going on. A primary care doctor can also evaluate, looking at the entire patient to see if there is some disorder that happens to show up as a face rash. Treatments from the dermatologist should be helpful. ...Read more

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Possible cause of scalp acne?

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Possible cause of scalp acne?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat scalp acne?

Folliculitis: Try a therapeutic shampoo that contains a sulfa and/or salicylic acid derivative. ...Read more

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How can i treat a scalp acne problem?

How can i treat a scalp acne problem?

Scalp: There are many OTC shampoos to try. If they have not worked then see a dermatologist ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for scalp acne?

See a doctor: It sounds like you may have either an abscess or your sebaceous glands are causing pimples. Otherwise you may need to be diagnosed with psoriasis, or other scalp condition that needs to be treated.Many acne patients when wearing a helmut in sports sweat and get acne in the hair line and you will need prescription topicals for this as well as salicylic acid wash. ...Read more

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Difference of scalp folicullitis and scalp acne?

Difference of scalp folicullitis and scalp acne?

Same thing.: Scalp folliculitis is an inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles in the scalp, and is also sometimes called "acne necrotica", which is why it is sometimes confused with acne, which does not occur on the scalp (except along the frontal hairline). In other words, the condition often called "scalp acne" is actually folliculitis, or inflammation/infection of hair follicles. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more