Oh No! Nose Picking Can Cause Your Scalp To Breakout

You’re scratching your head and you accidentally scratched off this little, painful bump on your head. Acne scalp is one of the most uncomfortable spots for pimples.

What is scalp acne? 

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Basically, it’s just like facial acne, except this is scattered all over your scalp. It happens when a pore or hair follicle gets clogged with dead skin cells or sebum – which is the natural oil the skin uses to keep itself moisturised.

It can cause itchiness and redness your scalp, which really is unflattering!

Why are you getting scalp acne?

1. You’re on your period 

Just like the skin on your face, the scalp can breakout leading up to your period. With the hormonal changes, oil secretion may increase which leads to blocked pores.

2. You have PCOS 

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can increase androgen (male hormone) levels. The excess of male hormones cause an increase of sebum production and in return, pimples. Eek!

3. You’re on contraceptive pills 

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If you’re taking birth control pills, this may be the reason you’re getting scalp acne. Some pills are androgenic (which increases oil production). Not only that, these pimples may also be accompanied with skin flaking and oiliness of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

4. Not washing your hair as often as needed 

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Your spotty scalp may also be caused by you not shampooing your hair as often as you should. Sometimes, it may also be due to you waiting a long before jumping into the shower to shampoo your hair after a workout sesh. When it becomes overly greasy, it allows your hair to be prone to breakouts.


5. Stress, diet & nose picking 

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According to expert trichologist Anabel Kingsley, she told Glamour, even nose picking can cause flare-ups. She said, “Bacteria (specifically staphylococcus aureus) naturally live in your nose and is harmless. However, if you pick your nose and then scratch your scalp, you can transfer staph bacteria onto your scalp, which may cause inflammation and pimples.”

Moral of the story, don’t touch your scalp if your hands are dirty!