How much do you know about scalp pimples?

By: Jennifer Sellers

How much do you know about scalp pimples?
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About This Quiz

Pimples can be a real pain, no matter where the zits pop up. Put on your thinking cap and let this quiz put your scalp-pimple knowledge to the test.
What are scalp pimples?
pimples that occur on the scalp
A scalp pimple is acne that occurs on the scalp rather the face or elsewhere on the body.
a scalp irritation that's not actually a pimple
inflamed hair follicles

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Applying a pimple treatment to your scalp can have what effect on your hair?
bleach it
make it oily
both
Traditional pimple treatments can bleach your hair or make it oilier.

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What causes pimples to form on the scalp?
dandruff
direct exposure to the sun
Scalp pimples have the same cause as other pimples.
Any pimple -- including one that pops up on your scalp -- is caused by some sort of blockage in a pore.

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What type of shampoo might help treat scalp acne?
dandruff
Salicylic acid, a common acne treatment, is often found in dandruff shampoos.
moisturizing
unscented

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What is another way you can apply salicylic acid to scalp pimples?
Rinse your hair with it.
Apply it with a cotton swab.
Using a cotton swab allows you to target pimples with salicylic acid without drying out your hair.
There is no other way to apply it.

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Which hair products should you stop using if you have acne on your scalp?
hairspray
gel
any extra products
Avoid using any hair products you don't need.

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Shampoos containing which antiseptic ingredient may be helpful for scalp pimples?
alcohol
sodium chloride
tea tree oil
Derived from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil is an antiseptic often used to treat acne.

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A paste made out of which herb can treat scalp pimples?
quercetin
fenugreek
Crush fenugreek leaves, which can be found at a health food or general nutrition store, and mix with water. Then, smooth the paste on your scalp.
marjoram

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What category of medication do doctors sometimes prescribe for acne on the scalp?
antibiotics
Doctors often prescribe antibiotics when other acne treatments don't work.
antihistamines
There isn't a prescription medication for scalp pimples.

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What is a condition that is often mistaken for scalp pimples?
an allergic reaction
scalp folliculitis
While it can cause red bumps, scalp folliculitis is not the same as scalp acne -- and it's a more severe condition.
seborrhoeic dermatitis

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You Got:
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