Another good method for dealing with oily scalp is thorough brushing and scalp
massage. Not only does this increase circulation to the scalp, but has the added benefit
of regulating the sebum production and redistributing the oils along the hair shaft, where
it was intended to go in the first place. Finally, when shampooing and conditioning the
hair, switch from warm water to cool water after you've thoroughly rinsed away the
product. The cool water rinse will help close the pores of the scalp and slow down the oil production.
Since the scalp is skin, it follows that you can get breakout even there.
Acne breakouts on the scalp can be annoying, but are easily treated the same way you
would treat any other breakout. You can use a skin cleanser containing salicylic acid on a
cotton ball and apply it only on the breakout area. Most of these cleansers are very
stripping and will dry the hair out completely, so keep to the target area and rinse the
cleanser thoroughly. As an option, and since many people with acne breakouts on the
scalp also have oily scalp conditions, you can use your oily scalp shampoo and follow up
with an astringent or acne treatment containing salicylic acid applied directly on the
blemish area with a cotton ball or pad.
It is important to remember that you don't want to use those acne products
containing benzoil peroxide or other peroxide ingredients on the scalp because of the
potential for altering the hair color. This is doubly important if you have color-treated or
chemically-textured hair which is already more porous than virgin (untreated) hair.