As if run-of-the-mill facial acne wasn't enough of a headache to deal with, acne on your scalp is absolutely a thing for many of us. Scalp acne forms when there's a buildup of clogged oil, dead skin, or bacteria in the pore. The best shampoos for acne prone skin can help you treat your breakouts at their source, instead of struggling to fight it later.
Some shampoos contain chemicals and harsh ingredients that, unbeknownst to many consumers, can actually clog your pores and create a messy situation on your scalp and along your hairline. Although your scalp and hair require delicate ingredients that won't cause dandruff or make your locks brittle and dry, many of ingredients found in the best acne products for your skin work for your scalp, as well.
A salicylic acid shampoo or one infused with nourishing tea tree oil can help balance the oils on your scalp and prevent a major breakout. Likewise, searching for shampoos that are ideal for sensitive skin and free of sulfates and mineral oil can also help keep pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads (yes, blackheads along your hairline!) at bay. Get rid of scalp acne for good by always reading labels, saying "no" to chemical-laden shampoos, and choosing a shampoo for acne-prone skin.
1This Salicylic Acid Shampoo For Fast, Powerful Results
Salicylic acid is a hydroxy acid commonly used to treat acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions — including dry scalp that can lead to pimples. Neutrogena T/Sal Shampoo contains a fast-acting power punch of ingredients, with 3 percent salicylic acid taking top billing as its star. It's also free of fragrance and dermatologist-recommended to treat dandruff, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
2An Anti-Microbial Shampoo That Banishes Bacteria From Pores
When pores are clogged with bacteria, you can experience a major case of scalp acne. The ANTI-b Antibacterial Shampoo combines lemon essential oil, witch hazel, aloe vera, and Cutipure CLR to kill bacteria and fungi and treat inflammation that can lead to dandruff and acne. It's sulfate-free and, according to the many reviewers who gave it stellar reviews, works after one or two uses.
3A Tea Tree And Peppermint Shampoo For Dandruff
Over time, the dead skin that accumulates with dandruff can lead to nasty and painful breakouts on the scalp. Banish dandruff naturally with this Tea Tree Peppermint Shampoo, which contains peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils — all of which are proven to help flaky, dry skin — and absolutely no parabens or sulfates.
4An Anti-Fungal Sulfur And Salicylic Acid Soap Bar
It might take some getting used to at first, but this salicylic acid and sulfur bar soap can heal acne, itch, and dry skin anywhere — on your body, face, and scalp. Expect a slightly stinky experience (that's the 10 percent sulfur working alongside 3 percent salicylic acid), but reviewers say it's worth it: it will clear up your scalp and can do wonders for facial acne, to boot.
5A Botanical Shampoo With Hemp And Omega 3
If you have sensitive skin, you already know sulfates are the enemy. This SLS-free Hemp & Omega 3 Botanical Shampoo is ideal for sensitive skin because it thoroughly cleanses and clarifies the scalp without stripping it of essential moisture. It contains no harsh chemicals and is infused with plant-based omega 3 and 6 to strengthen hair and create volume.
6An Organic Shampoo With Ingredients Straight From The Forest
If Snow White had a favorite shampoo, this would be it: a hypoallergenic, organic soapberry shampoo made with olive leaf, gotu kola, and chamomile, which battles dandruff with an extremely gentle formula. It's free of sulfates, parabens, silicone, DEA/MEA, perfume, and dyes.
7A Hypoallergenic Shampoo Made With Natural Oils
This natural shampoo for oily and greasy hair contains ingredients like basil, cypress, jojoba, rosemary, and lemon essential oil that restore sebum and pH balance on your scalp, eliminate excess oils, prevent dandruff, and alleviate itch. This shampoo is paraben and sulfate free, contains no dyes or artificial fragrances, and is hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin.
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