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How to Get Rid of Scalp Acne

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9. Betel Leaves

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

shampooing hair

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.

Additional Tips

  • 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.


How to Get Rid of Scalp Acne was last modified: March 22nd, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies

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9 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Scalp Acne”

    1. i don’t think turmeric is good for hair…. my mom always say dont put turmeric paste on hair … because it will less hair strength and cause hair fall….turmeric reduces the growth of hair .thats why it is used for facial mask…..

  1. I can vouch for the fact that white vinegar has helped me. I’m a black guy and have been battling scalp “acne” for a few years. I buzz my hair a few times per week but don’t shave it. I’m in my 40’s and it started out of nowhere! I’ve tried dandruff shampoo, lice gel and facial acne gels to no avail. Once I tried vinegar, boom! Not one bump on my head since. I use it once in the mornings and once in the evenings and have for the past few weeks- full strength.

  2. great healing remedies..thank you so much..this is the only site that describe exactly how my scalp is doing and thank you for the good remedies

  3. The recommendations on this post will only help you temporarily…I have suffered from this affliction for more than 5 years and only recently have found something that works. When stuff like scalp acne happens, it is your body telling you something your doing isnt working and something needs to change. The only way you will cure this disease is by healing yourself from the inside out. The process is slow and time consuming, but this is not something that can be cured overnight. One key factor is diet. One’s diet is so crucial to the maintenance of good health. You must take steps to change your diet if you want to be free of this disease. Eat healthy. Cut out inflammatory foods like dairy, wheat, and red meat. Cut out alcohol and other toxins. Consume healthy oils like avocado and coconut oil and consume foods that are healing to your gut like raw vegetables and fruits. Many skin afflictions are caused because of heavy damage sustained by the gut by prolonged exposure to a poor diet and toxins. One good supplement to a healthy gut is bone broth. There is too much information to post so I assume you can all do your own research into this. Exercise often, sleep enough, and over all others, eliminate stress by meditation, and above all others have fun. It worked for me and it can for you.

    Hope I can help as many people as possible.

    1. Thanks alot for your comment . I really appreciate it and will start doing what you said since I do suffer from head acne

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