Can Scalp Acne Cause Headaches?

Scalp acne can cause a condition known as “scalp tenderness”, which is linked to many forms of headaches. Scalp Acne causes the blood vessels, nerves and tissue to inflame excessively, causing pain to the scalp.

The inflammation makes the scalp around the acne sore. This soreness can cause the nerves running from the back of the neck to the forehead to become swollen and sensitive, that even a light touch can be painful. Headache involving this kind of nerve pain is common. 

Scalp acne develop due to multiple other reasons besides excessive inflammation. Let us share what symptoms & factors are causing acne & inflammation! 


Here are some telltale signs if you have scalp acne:

Painful Bumps
If you have bumps on the scalp that are painful and burn when touched.

Pain that spreads
If you have a pain that spreads from the head to the jaw, neck, and shoulders.


Oily Scalp
If you are prone to oily scalp, tend to skip washing your hair or if you’re not washing your hair right you’re more susceptible to developing acne on your scalp. Scalp acnes form when sweat, sebum, dirt and dead skin cells can clog and inflame your hair follicles.

Medical Condition
Various underlying medical conditions can cause your scalp to be tender. Medical conditions can include scalp ringworm, hypothyroidism or psoriasis, but do note that tenderness on the scalp can also be caused by nerve related condition suches as “Allodynia”.

Head Lice
Head lice can cause an allergic reaction to the scalp via its saliva that is injected into the skin when it feeds. The allergy reaction can be very itchy and scratching the infected area could spread the bacteria and lead to further infection/inflammation.

Harsh chemical

Hair products that contain harsh chemicals such as Sulfates or formaldehyde can strip your hair of its natural oil causing allergy reactions that could lead to scalp inflammation or skin conditions such as dermatitis. The overuse of harsh chemicals not only causes inflammation but also damages the scalp and hair follicles.

What you can do about it?

Wash hair regularly
Washing hair regularly will help with your oily scalp but it's important to not over-do it, so as to prevent stripping too much of the hair’s moisture. For people with oily hair, it is recommended to wash daily or every other day to prevent yeast or bacteria buildup.

Use the right shampoo
The use of correct shampoo such as anti-dandruff shampoo or shampoo without harsh chemicals can make a change in having a healthy scalp.

Change of hair routine
Changing your hair care routine can improve the health of your scalp. It is important to know what type of scalp and hair you have to make more informed decisions when maintaining your hair and scalp.


Want to maintain an acne-free scalp? Try Chanamu Irritable Scalp Shampoo, it helps to deeply cleanse the scalp and reduce sebum buildup. This shampoo is good for those with an irritable scalp, sensitive scalp, da                                                                                                                maged hair, dull hair, stiff hair, chemically treated hair concerns.

If you just want to maintain a healthy scalp, we recommend giving Chanamu Tea Tree Shampoo a try. This is a milder shampoo compared to Chanamu Irritable Scalp Shampoo, which contains Lavender extract that helps to cleanse and moisturize dry hair and scalp. The Tea Tree in this shampoo helps kill off any bacteria that may irritate your scalp, helping you achieve a healthy scalp pH.

Hair maintenance starts now with Chanamu, get yours today! 

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