Friday, January 4, 2019

Scalp Acne Solutions

Full disclosure and probably TMI for some, but late last year I had a major problem with scalp acne. I’m not sure what caused it exactly. It could have been due to too much stress, hormonal issues or it could have been something else. When the problem broke out, it didn’t matter what the cause of it all was, all I knew is that I wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. My scalp became super itchy and oily, my hair became difficult to comb/style because my scalp became painful to touch due to the acne and I didn’t know what to do about it. I’ve never had major problems with acne before, the fact that it was all on my scalp was a new thing too. I decided to search for solutions online until I found something that I could try and would hopefully (fingers crossed) work.

According to the world wide web, there were several things that I could try to solve my scalp acne issues. I went to some online forums and I’ve read some people suggesting that tea tree oil was effective, only that it should not be applied directly onto the scalp but should be diluted/mixed with something else. Another solution suggested was apple cider vinegar (otherwise known as ACV). Again, this is something that must be diluted rather than applied directly. One other common suggestion that I found was Epsom salt as a soak or scrub. At the time I was pretty desperate to get rid of the sudden breakout that I cut my long hair into a bob (yes, that desperate) then proceeded to give these online solutions a try. Here’s how I used my online research to make my own scalp acne solutions:

scalp acne solutions


Tea Tree Oil

I used a small container of shampoo (the tiny, travel-sized ones you commonly get at hotels, that size) and filled it with Head and Shoulders Cool Menthol Shampoo. I then mixed four to five drops of tea tree oil with it and used it as my daily shampoo. The menthol was soothing to my scalp and the tea tree oil is supposed to help with the acne and prevent further breakouts. It was always a relief to wash my hair with this mixture during those heavy acne days.

Apple Cider Vinegar

I mixed three parts water with one-part ACV and placed it in a container with an atomizer. Now this is the tough part: I sprayed this all over my scalp and massaged it on EVERY NIGHT. It smelled awful, to the point that my family commented that I smelled like sweaty dirty underarms (I know, TMI). Most forums and websites with this as a solution suggested letting it dry and keeping it on overnight but I couldn’t sleep with it on, so I decided to let it dry and then washed my hair after around 30 minutes.  As bad as the smell was though, I did feel it working on my scalp. I felt relief from the itching as soon as it was on. 

Epsom Salt

This is a solution that I used only a couple of times a week. I used a handful of Epsom Salt and mixed it with my shampoo, massaging it onto the scalp and leaving it on for around five minutes before washing it off.


With the three solutions to my scalp acne, my problem didn’t last long. I felt a bit of regret that I was too impulsive when I cut my hair because of it when the problem was apparently easy to solve. I had to suffer through around two to three weeks of all three remedies but after that, my scalp acne disappeared and has not come back since. Hopefully by sharing this, I can help someone else out there who has had similar problems and is looking for tried and tested solutions. 

A little note on these solutions though: it would be best to do some sort of test on a small part of your skin if you want to try these solutions in case you are allergic to anything that I’ve listed. I can’t promise that these solutions will work for you, but it could be worth giving a try if these are items that you are not allergic to. Best solution is, of course, to consult your doctor.

If anyone out there decides to try this, please let me know if it worked for you or not and if you have other solutions to this problem. I’d love to hear from you!

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