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How to Treat Scalp Zits, According to Experts

For those of you who struggle with scalp zits, you know that getting rid of them isn’t as simple as dabbing on a spot treatment from your stash of go-to skincare products. Just like acne on your face or back (otherwise known as “bacne”), these blemishes require a specific skincare regimen. Not sure what exactly that entails? To help make things easier, we talked to the experts to figure out why these pesky pustules may appear and the best way to treat them.

While pimples on the scalp can affect anyone, there are certain factors that may cause them to rear their ugly heads. “Scalp zits are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria, oil, and excess skin cells accumulating in the hair follicles,” explains Michele Farber, a New York City-based dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group. Product buildup from hair gel, dry shampoo, or leave-in conditioner can clog the hair follicle, and not washing your hair thoroughly (to get all of that product out) can compound the issue. If you sweat profusely during workouts, this may also put your scalp at risk, especially if you’re wearing a hat. Yeast tends to overgrow in hot, humid environments, so sweating while wearing any kind of head covering can trigger scalp breakouts.

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Source: Brit and Co. – How to Treat Scalp Zits, According to Experts By, Katherine Louie

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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