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25 y.o. male here and I have been getting pimples on my scalp for about 2 years now. I WAS using a tea tree wax, this is when i started noticing the acne on my scalp, i stopped using it and definately noticed a difference, so now i'm using gel in my hair.

when I had gone to the derm a year or so ago i told her and she suggested using a dandruff shampoo, this worked at first but i stopped noticing a difference and now i;m just using a suave shampoo and can't tell a difference between the two.

here's what i have been doing:

-shampoo and condition in the morning

-take a shower before bed and rub a cotton ball w/ apple cider vinegar through my hair onto my scalp.

now what suggestions do any of you have? i tried teh neutrogena shampoo which didn't do much of anything, it's not horrible but these pimples are more painful than others, and i would like to shave my head all the way down to the skin eventually.

thanks

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Try tea tree shampoo. Seems to work quite well for me.

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I am also having this problem...

Man it sucks...

What I've noticed is that the swelling goes down whenever I exercise.

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My boyfriend has this problem as well, and wants to shave his head at times just to see what it really is and grow a new head of hair, thinking it may help.

His mother mentioned that he might have psoriasis, because this is what she had.

I'm not sure if it is itchy for any of you, but for her, at times it was so itchy that she would scratch constantly, and with him, at times it is better and at times it is worse when he also scratches often, sometimes in the same spots, but they both experienced it more predominantly at times towards the neck line.

So I was thinking maybe some of you have psoriasis, and not simply acne, and this is what is causing the pimples on your scalp.

Just a thought - maybe it can help someone.

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So I was thinking maybe some of you have psoriasis, and not simply acne, and this is what is causing the pimples on your scalp.

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Paul's Tee Tree Dandruff Shampoo actually made my dandruff WORSE!

Which totally bites, because it was the ONLY dandruff shampoo I found that doesn't stink like hell!

*sigh*

I have better results with Suave, too. Isn't that odd? I still get a little bit of dandruff, but not as bad as with Paul Mitchell's stuff.

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now what suggestions do any of you have?  i tried teh neutrogena shampoo which didn't do much of anything, it's not horrible but these pimples are more painful than others, and i would like to shave my head all the way down to the skin eventually.

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Hi, a cousin of mine had this problem - small boils/acne on the scalp. General Practitioners (your usual doctor) prescribed topical solution after topical solution, as did dermatologists. None of them worked. Some worsened the acne, and others worked for as long as you used the solution, then the acne came back with a vengeance. Finally, a friend of his referred him a well-known dermatologist in Europe, who suggested that he instead rub oil (jojoba, olive, coconut for instance) on his scalp. Whereas most topical solutions previously prescribed stripped the scalp of oil, the logic behind the oil was counterintuitive. Apparently, over-sebacious glands would stop producing as much oil, if you applied extra oil. Sounds odd, and frankly I wouldn't have thought it would work, but my cousin decided he had nothing to lose by trying the specialist's recommendation. Anyway, incredibly the acne completely cleared up, I think it took a month or two. that was a bout a year ago. He hasn't any problems since, and he no longer rubs oil in his hair. Of course his scalp condition may be different to yours - but what the heck I thought it was worth mentioning.

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I simply wanted to share something I read today regarding scalp acne, as it included a term (necrotica miliaris) that was new to my ears, and that I thought might be new to yours, also. It's from a site I visited long ago, but came across accidentally today when conducting a web search. Here is what they say:

Scalp acne

Some people get pimples on the scalp that may take a few weeks to clear up. This type of pimple is known as acne necrotica miliaris, and seems to flourish during times of high stress or when the scalp is oilier than normal. The latter may occur if you haven't shampooed as often as usual or are using hair-care products with a lot of oil. To speed healing, shampoo frequently and apply an acne remedy with benzoyl peroxide. If the acne itches, use an anti-itch product with cortisone or wash your hair several times with a coal-tar shampoo.

I don't know what each of you will think of this or whether it could help someone or not, but I wanted to put it here in case it could.

The site has certain points I may disagree with, perhaps based on my own experiences or beliefs at times, but there are lots of interesting things in relation to acne as well. I personally enjoy the site very much.

Here is the link:

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_acne.htm

Take care everyone,

Li B.

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Try a different shampoo, It could just be the shampoo your using, and cut back on any hair products in your hair. I use Herbal essences shampoo for oily hair.

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