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What is the best shampoo to treat scalp acne? I am looking for something containing benzoyle peroxide b/c that has helped my facial acne.

What is the best shampoo to treat scalp acne? I am looking for something containing benzoyle peroxide b/c that has helped my facial acne.

Mixed: "scalp acne" is sometimes caused by pityrosporum yeasts in contrast to facial acne. There are benzoyl peroxide shampoos in drug stores, and these fail, a good dandruff shampoo or a prescription ketoconazole shampoo would be worth a try. ...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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I have dandruff on my scalp. I tried head and shoulders anti dandruff shampoo. But did not help me. Im having acne too cuz of it. What should I do?

I have dandruff on my scalp. I tried head and shoulders anti dandruff shampoo. But did not help me. Im having acne too cuz of it. What should I do?

Dandruff from heck!: Dandruff is a few flakes. When it becomes an issue, we call it seborrheic dermatitis. This condition comes from reacting to the normal oils we make on our skin. You can try t-gel, and use it daily. If not, see your friendly neighborhood dermatologist. We use more potent topicals, and some oral medicines as well. We can fix your acne too! ...Read more

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Can baby shampoo help with scalp acne nd tiny flakes? I have an extremely sensitive scalp and skin and using medicated shampoos has caused dermatitis.

Can baby shampoo help with scalp acne nd tiny flakes? I have an extremely sensitive scalp and skin and using medicated shampoos has caused dermatitis.

Special shampoos: I recommend you trying some over the counter shampoos such as Neutrogena T-gel. This has a few ingredients to help with the scalp you are describing. Reads it's instructions so you apply it correctly. ...Read more

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I have pimples that are on scalp, hairline acne aboove neck from months. I wash my hair daily, have used all sort of shampoos and oils. So painful.

I have pimples that are on scalp, hairline acne aboove neck from months. I wash my hair daily, have used all sort of shampoos and oils. So painful.

Folliculitis: A condition , very much like acne , of the scalp and hair-beaing areas. It is possible that you will need prescription tx. Go see a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm having pimples on my scalp for about 11months. I tried using 8x shampoo which didn't work. I was told it is due to mild dandruff..give me a sol.

I'm having pimples on my scalp for about 11months. I tried using 8x shampoo which didn't work. I was told it is due to mild dandruff..give me a sol.

See doctor: If u have had pimples (? Folliculitis) on ur scalp for 11 months u shd see ur doctor or a dermatologist. As u may first need a course of antibiotics. Dandruff as well as the associated itching may trigger it and also shd be addressed. Another trigger ( common in India) is daily use of oil on scalp hair which shd be stopped. Good luck. ...Read more

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What shampoo can get rid of these red bumps (pimples?) on my scalp?

What shampoo can get rid of these red bumps (pimples?) on my scalp?

No way to know: Without a diagnosis cannot suggest therapy, and cannot make a diagnosis without seeing these lesions. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I am 21. I'm losing hair. I have pimples on my scalp that bleed a little when i scratch them. Scalp is itchy and oily unless i shampoo a lot. Advice?

I am 21. I'm losing hair. I have pimples on my scalp that bleed a little when i scratch them. Scalp is itchy and oily unless i shampoo a lot. Advice?

Derm consult: If the hair loss is more than the remodeling on the temples that all virile men get around age 21, you need a dermatologist visit for this alone. There are a variety of causes of scalp pimples and this absolutely needs a dermatologist's investigation. ...Read more

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I got smelly,itchy,pimples,hot feelings on my scalp bad order coming out of it. I tried Psoriatrax 5% Coal Tar shampoo + Nizoral-AD shampoo?

I got smelly,itchy,pimples,hot feelings on my scalp bad order coming out of it. I tried Psoriatrax 5% Coal Tar shampoo + Nizoral-AD shampoo?

Tinea capitus: A number of scalp conditions could cause these symptoms. Tinea capitus is a fungal infection of the scalp which causes itching, scaling, crusting, pustules and occassionally infection with bacteria (kerion). Tinea capitus requires several weeks of oral antifungal medications with or without an antibacterial. Your doctor can help you determine if this is what you have. ...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