When someone says breakouts, the first thing that comes to mind is the chin, or possibly forehead. Not many people talk about scalp breakouts, which are a normal, albeit painful occurrence. What is the cause of breakouts on the scalp and along the hairline? What are some of the ways to treat it?
The cause of scalp and hairline breakouts
The skin of our scalp is not different from the skin on our faces. Our head has plenty of oil glands. Sometimes, the oil will block the hair follicles, and together with bacteria and dead skin cells, it can lead to breakouts. Keep in mind that oil production is affected by hormone fluctuations. Before your period, oil production may ramp up and lead to clogged hair follicles.
Another common cause of scalp breakouts is hair products. If you recently switched your shampoo or conditioner and started breaking out, these could be the culprit. Also, make sure to rinse out your hair well to avoid product buildup. Sometimes breakouts will occur down your back or chest, so look at how you wash and rinse your hair (the foam travels down).
Are you using styling products like pomades or waxes? These can cause product buildup and lead to clogged follicles. Heavy styling products can also be behind hairline breakouts.
If you wear a hat or a helmet often, this too can lead to breakouts.
Changes in diet or stress can also affect our scalp health.
How to treat scalp and hairline breakouts
- Switch your shampoo and conditioner to a gentler option if you think these are the reason for your breakouts. Shampoo and conditioner with anti-inflammatory ingredients and without sulphates are always a good bet.
- Condition hair ends only to avoid product buildup.
- Avoid heavy styling products and deep conditioning treatment until the situation is under control.
- Rinse your hair well.
- If you have problems with product buildup, try washing your hair with acids. Yes, really. Over on Fanserviced-b’s blog, you can read a detailed guide on why and how to do it.
- It goes without saying but we’ll repeat it anyway – don’t pick on spots on your scalp.
- Pay attention to hygiene – try washing your hair as soon as possible after exercise or wash your hats often, for example.
- Spot treat breakouts with over-the-counter products as you would on your face. Avoid products with benzoyl peroxide since it can lead to hair discolouration.
If changes in your routine aren’t producing results, it might be time to see a dermatologist. They will be able to determine the cause of the problem and the best course of treatment.
Have you had scalp and hairline breakouts? How did you treat it?