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How to Treat Itchy Scalp Bumps

Suffering from horrible, red itchy scalp bumps? You’re not alone. If you are looking for good treatments to handle the irritation you have come to the right place. Our guide includes some of the best products to help.

Scalp bumps are a surprisingly common problem that occur for both men and women. As dead skin cells, product build-up and oil accumulate on the scalp, they serve as food for bacteria that can turn into acne.

Great treatments for irritating scalp bumps

So what are the different types of scalp bumps and how can you treat them?


Ringworm, medically referred to as tinia capitis, is a scalp infection caused by a tiny fungus called tinea. The signs and symptoms of ringworm include scalp itching, scaling, scalp bumps and patchy areas of hair loss. This scalp condition is more common in children, although adults can be affected too. It can be easily spread from person to person by sharing personal items such as combs, brushes and towels and from contact with infected animals including household pets. A doctor can often make the diagnosis by simply looking at the scalp. If the diagnosis is in question, they may take a sample and send it to the lab to look for the characteristic tinea fungus.

Doctors usually treat ringworm with anti-fungal medications. They may also suggest using a medicated shampoo that contains 2.5 percent selenium sulfide. To prevent ringworm, shampoo hair and scalp regularly, practice regular hand washing and don’t share combs, brushes or personal items with other people. Look for products which prevent future scaling too.


When hair follicles on the scalp become inflamed, it leads to a condition called scalp folliculitis. Folliculitis isn’t unique to the scalp, it can also affect the body, especially in areas that are irritated by tight clothing or traumatized by shaving. Typically, folliculitis causes red scalp bumps that are tender or itchy. The bumps may be filled with a clear or yellow fluid.

This skin and scalp condition is caused by bacteria or fungus. When it involves the scalp, it’s more common in people who don’t wash their hair regularly and those who wear tight hats or constrictive head wear. It’s also more common in the summer when the air is hot and humid. Another special type of folliculitis caused by a bacteria called pseudomonas comes from soaking or swimming in poorly maintained pools, hot tubs or whirlpools.

Folliculitis of the scalp may respond to topical antibiotic treatment, although some of the bacteria that cause it have become resistant to antibiotic ointments available at the drugstore. Shampooing every other day with a mild shampoo that contains tea tree oil may help as tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties. In cases that don’t improve with tea tree oil, an anti-fungal shampoo may ease symptoms. Its worth looking into products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and the following products help to care for and hydrate the hair follicle:

Treatment for scalp bumps

Regularly using dry shampoo instead of washing your hair won’t help, you’re just masking the oil and possibly clogging pores. To help prevent and treat scalp bumps, we suggest trying one or more of these products.

  1. Phyto Phytoapaisant + Intelligent Shampoo
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    Phyto Phytoapaisant + Intelligent Shampoo

    This gentle cleansing and clarifying shampoo helps to eliminate build-up and soothe irritated scalps.

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  2. Mustela Dermo Cleansing
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    Mustela Dermo Cleansing

    An all-round favorite for scalp cleansing due to its paraben, phthalate and phenoxyethanol free formula. Hypoallergenic and specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. Softens skin and helps soothe irritation with Vitamin B5.

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  3. Stiefel Sarna Sensitive Anti-itch Lotion
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    Stiefel Sarna Sensitive Anti-itch Lotion

    This anti-itch lotion contains Pramoxine Hydrochloride, a gentle anesthetic that effectively relieves itching without irritating sensitive skin. Consider applying overnight, and washing hair in the morning.

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  4. Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment
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    Phyto Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

    A pre-shampoo botanical treatment designed to normalizes the seborrheic flow, improving dry scalps with irritation or itchiness.

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  5. Sundari Neem and Eucalyptus Cooling Scalp Oil
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    Sundari Neem and Eucalyptus Cooling Scalp Oil

    This scalp cooling Eucalyptus oil has stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties to care for scalp irritations and bumps.

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Veebs Sabharwal

Veebs Sabharwal

Beauty Specialist

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