Having acne and pimples on the scalp is not uncommon yet not as common as acne breakouts of face and even back. However, they usually go unnoticed as they are covered with hair.
At times, though, these acne breakouts on the scalp become irritated due to shampooing, brushing, scratching, and blow drying. In some cases, scalp acne may even be painful and lead to flaky scalp.
Like acne on face, scalp acne is caused by clogged pored (hair follicles) due to dirt, oil, and sweat. Thus, factors like overactive sebaceous glands, hormone fluctuations, genetic predisposition, stress, drug toxicity, poor hygiene, and excessive use of oily hair styling products contribute in acne on the scalp.
Furthermore, scalp acne can worsen if the zits become infected with bacteria. Individuals dealing with dandruff, scalp folliculitis, scalp ringworm, scalp psoriasis, and head lice are more likely to suffer from this problem.