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Can Hair Oil Cause Scalp Breakouts?

If you're worried about hair oil potentially causing scalp breakouts, you need to read this.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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Scalp breakouts, or scalp acne, can happen to anyone. Getting irritation on your head is one of the most uncomfortable and frustrating areas to get breakouts, as you can feel the lumps, see the flaking, and as a result, have to choose your clothing carefully as to disguise any falling peels.

What causes scalp breakouts and how do you deal with them? Let’s dive in.

The cause of scalp breakouts/acne

Much like regular skin breakouts, your scalp is vulnerable to the same conditions and reacts in a similar way. If you have particularly oily hair, the likelihood of you experiencing breakouts is increased as this excess oil can fill pores and cause blockage. If you’re using certain products such as oily conditioners, this will only add to the problem.

Another extremely common cause of scalp breakouts is stress. People take it for granted, but stress can have a host of very negative health effects on your body and appearance. Whether you’re stressed about work, money, or your relationship, you should try your best to reduce it in any way you can. Easier said than done, we know.

Hair oil can be a problem

Can hair oil contribute to scalp breakouts? Yes, absolutely. That’s just a fact. We could sit here and tell you that every product is fabulous and there’s no chance you’ll ever have any problems, but that just isn’t true. As we already touched on above, people with already oily hair, which is statistically most likely to be people with type 1 hair, or straight hair, are at a bigger risk of scalp issues because they already produce a lot of natural moisture. Adding further hair oil to this mix will overload the scalp and lead to breakouts.

How you can fix it

If you’re having scalp issues or are worried about developing them, there are some things you can do to take better care of your hair. The first thing you can do is wash your hair more regularly, preferably once every two days. This will help to stem the production of excess oil and hopefully keep the pores clear. If you work out often, it’s important to wash your hair to remove sweat. You can do this with or without shampoo, it doesn’t particularly matter, but if you’re going to use a shampoo we suggest finding one that contains ingredients such as salicylic acid, which is designed to help treat dandruff and oil production.

Before we go

Yes, hair oils can inadvertently cause certain issues if they are either used too much or if someone already has oily hair, but it all comes down to common sense. Don’t drown your head in oil every day or use it to excess, be smart about it.

Also, try and de-stress your life. You’ll be amazed at the improvements in your health and appearance when you get on top of this.

Good luck.

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