For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    Do You Have Pimples On Scalp? Here's How To Get Rid Of Them

    By Vaishali Parnami

    Although pimples, breakouts, and acne on scalp are uncommon, it does happen and these are rather troublesome. The good news is, these scalp pimples can be easily treated with some home remedies.

    But, first, let's understand the causes of and ways to prevent scalp acne.

    Pimples On Scalp

    Causes Of Scalp Acne

    The most common cause of the occurrence of pimples and acne anywhere on the body is when the hair follicles or pores are clogged. Other reasons are:

    • Clogged follicles or dead skin cells
    • Cosmetic product build-up such as hairspray
    • Poor hair and scalp hygiene
    • Poor hygiene after workout or not washing hair after workout
    • Wearing headscarf or headband for longer durations, which can lead to sweating and then acne

    How To Prevent Scalp Acne

    As always said, "Prevention is better than cure," you can try to avoid having scalp acne rather than treating it afterwards. This is because treating scalp acne will take time and these can additionally give you some discomfort while sleeping.

    Here's how you can prevent scalp acne:

    • Avoid headbands and other accessories in summers or even if you do, wear loose-fitting accessories
    • Wash your hair after workout or exercise session to avoid the build-up of germs and bacteria
    • Don't use harsh products on the scalp, and move to natural products
    • Wash and clean your hair regularly for good hair and scalp hygiene

    Note: Some people get hair and scalp acne because some element in their hair product irritates their skin. Check with your dermatologist to figure out the actual cause of scalp acne.

    How To Get Rid Of Scalp Pimples

    Most of these home remedies are being used since ancient times in India to cure hair problems and have lustrous and healthy hair.

    Tea Tree Oil

    • Tea tree oil: 6-7 drops
    • A mild conditioner

    How to Use:
    • Mix 6-7 drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil or any other regular oil and massage it on your scalp for a few minutes.
    • Wash off with shampoo after an hour.
    • Alternatively, wash your hair clean with a normal shampoo.
    • Take some amount of conditioner in a bowl and add tea tree oil to it.
    • Apply this on the hair strands and let it sit for a few minutes.
    • Wash off with water.


    • Fresh garlic cloves

    How to Use:
    • Take fresh garlic cloves, peel it, and mince it.
    • Use this to apply on the affected scalp parts.
    • Leave it on overnight or if the smell bothers you, leave it for 20-30 minutes.
    • Rinse after that.

    Lemon Juice

    • Water: 1 tablespoon
    • Lemon: ½

    How to Use:
    • Take water in a bowl and squeeze half lemon juice in it.
    • Mix it, and with your fingers, apply the mixture on the scalp.
    • It will burn a little but the sensation will subside in a while.
    • Leave it on your scalp for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse it off.

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    • Water: 1 and ½ cups
    • Apple cider vinegar - ½ cup
    • Tea tree oil - a few drops

    How to Use:
    • Mix all the ingredients together and keep it aside.
    • When you wash your hair, use this mixture for the last rinse.
    • Massage slowly with your fingers and let your hair dry

    Coconut Oil

    • Coconut oil

    How to Use:
    • Massage gently on your scalp with coconut oil and leave it overnight.
    • If you can't leave it overnight, then at least leave it on your scalp for one hour.
    • Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo

    Baking Soda

    • Water: 1 cup
    • Baking soda: 1 tablespoon

    How to Use:
    • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply the mixture on your scalp.
    • Massage gently with your fingers and leave for at least 10 minutes.
    • Rinse off or wash with a mild shampoo

    Aloe Vera

    • Fresh aloe vera leaf

    How to Use:
    • Slice the fresh aloe vera leaf in half and extract the gel with the help of a spoon.
    • Apply this on the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.
    • Rinse and wash your hair with a mild shampoo


    • Cotton
    • Yogurt: 1 or 2 tablespoons

    How to Use:
    • Take a cotton ball and use it to apply yogurt on your scalp.
    • Cover your head with a shower cap or cotton towel.
    • Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
    • Wash with a mild shampoo afterwards.

    How Much Healing Time Does It Need

    Once you start using these remedies, it will take at least 1 to 2 months for the acne to heal fully. However, you need to ensure that you take care of your scalp to avoid further spreading of acne. Don't constantly pick at the scalp acne or scratch. This will only worsen the situation and can even spread the acne impact.

    For effective results, follow these remedies regularly and maintain a proper scalp hygiene.

    Read more about: how to home remedies body care
    Story first published: Monday, June 18, 2018, 15:15 [IST]
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Boldsky sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Boldsky website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more