9. Betel Leaves
In Ayurvedic medicine, betel leaves are often used for treating different types of skin problems, including acne on the skin as well as scalp. The leaves contain antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that help treat and prevent acne.
A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research highlights the relative efficiency of bactericidal activity by betel leaf ethanol extract.
You can choose any of the following remedies:
- Grind a few fresh betel leaves to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water. Repeat 2 or 3 times daily.
- Spread castor oil over a warm betel leaf and place it over the affected area before going to bed. The next morning, wash your hair. Repeat once daily.
- Boil 2 to 5 betel leaves in 2 to 3 cups of water. Strain the liquid and allow it to cool, then use it to rinse your hair once or twice daily.
10. Scalp Hygiene
To treat and prevent scalp problems like acne, you need to take proper care of your hair and scalp.
- First and foremost, you need to regularly wash your hair to prevent the buildup of oily residue on your scalp. You can use a medicated shampoo containing salicylic acid for combating acne and preventing future breakouts.
- Keep your combs, brushes, curlers and hair clips clean by regularly washing them with soapy water. Also, make sure to wash your headgear and towels.
- If your head sweats a lot, rinse your hair and scalp each evening with plain water.
- When washing your hair, massage the scalp for a couple of minutes. This will help loosen up dirt and sweat debris and also encourage circulation.
- When dealing with scalp acne, keep away from greasy hair styling products like wax, gel, mousse and hairspray. These products can lead to blocked pores.
- Those having oily hair should use conditioner on a limited basis, as conditioner will only exacerbate the issue.
- Avoid using conditioner for a couple of weeks to help to clear up and prevent acne outbreaks.
- If using a conditioner, apply it on the hair ends only and avoid using it on the roots.
- Apply a warm, moist washcloth or compress on the affected area several times a day to relieve discomfort and help the acne drain, if needed.
- Avoid shaving your head when suffering from scalp acne. It will increase the risk of infection.
- Do not squeeze or scratch the acne, as it can lead to infection and slow down the healing process.
- Drink detox drinks to cleanse your body of toxins and wastes that cause such skin problems.
- Avoid oily, deep-fried and spicy foods.
- Control your stress level, as excessive stress can worsen your condition.
- Protect your head from direct sunlight when going out in the sun.
- Those having long hair are at a higher risk of scalp acne breakouts, so if you wish, you can choose a shorter hairstyle.