By @FionnualaMcNult

There are so many places we can breakout with spots and unfortunately this can be on the scalp which is one of the most uncomfortable and potentially painful places to have spots. It may not seem as easy to treat unlike the spots on your face (a change of skincare and some cream will fix that) however it can be treated! Do not lose hope there are things which you can do to help stop and prevent the growth of spots on the scalp.

Photo credit: Unsplash

Photo credit: Unsplash

The best way to do this is by choosing the right shampoo for you, just like your skin care you need to test a few products out and find which one your scalp reacts to best and it may feel like a bit of a trial and error however once you have the right one you can kiss goodbye to a sore and itchy scalp and hello to a sport free head. I have saved you some research and put together 5 of the best products and categorised them into hair types which might help cut down that trial and error process. Try to pick your main concern whether you have sensitive skin, coloured hair or dry hair whatever it may be there is a shampoo out there for you to help combat those spots.

Fragrance free - Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo for Sensitive Skin

This may seem like an obvious one but choosing a shampoo with no fragrance will make the world of difference to your scalp. In fact all products you use especially on your face and hair should be fragrance free to minimise irritation and breakouts. You may find that your hair may not smell like roses and peaches but your scalp will definitely thank you for it. Vanicream Free and Clear Shampoo was one that stood out as it is also free of parabens and sulfates (which is excellent if you have coloured hair). By getting rid of these chemicals from the shampoo it reduces the irritants and is extra gentle on your scalp.

Colour safe - Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo for Oily or Flaky Scalp

This may be the shampoo for you if you have coloured or dyed hair as it is tailor made to help that colour last longer whilst treating your scalp. It is important to remember that any shampoo you buy for your coloured or dyed hair has no sulfates in as that starts to strip the colour leaving it less vibrant and might bring that hairdresser appointment forward. Christophe Robin Purifying shampoo for oily or flaky scalp is one I recommend as it has no nasty chemicals in and is fragrance free meaning it will be kind to your scalp, it also has berry and cherry extracts and will leave your hair smelling fresh.

Soothing - Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

If your scalp is quite sore from spots this can be because you have knocked them with a brush or they have burst on their own. It can be very painful to put any kind of hair product on as it will sting. It is best to opt for some kind of medicated shampoo or shampoo which has tee tree oil or salicylic acid in as these are two components which are essential when fighting a battle with spots they help to break down the clogged pores and leave them free from dirt and oil they also leave a soothing after feel. One shampoo which does contain salicylic acid is Sachajuan scalp shampoo. It also contains lactic acid which will help regulate and contain any oil production so your scalp is not overwhelmed with the amount of oil you may produce.

High street drugstore - Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo

If you are on a lower budget and just need a product that will be just as effective as the rest of the shampoos mentioned then you can trust Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic shampoo. Just like Sachajuan it contains salicylic acid which will help clean up your scalp and reduce itchiness, redness and irritation. The best part is that it does not cost a whole lot so you can stock up!

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Curly hair - DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum

If you have naturally curly hair it can be hard to find a shampoo that will hold curls well and still treat any scalp acne you may have. As curly hair needs lots of moisture it can be a challenge to find a spot treatment shampoo to match as any treatment to do with spots try to dry up any excess oil to contain the reproduction. Luckily Devacurl buildup buster micellar water cleansing serum does both, with ingredients such as jojoba oil and panthenol it locks in the moisture and leaves bounce curls and a soft texture. Oh did I mention that this one is also sulfate free?

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