Do You Know Dandruff Can Cause Pimples?

Rohit Kushwah

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

Dandruff could be a contributing cause of pimples. Dandruff can be associated with the presence of yeast or fungi, as well as abnormal skin ultrastructure. Many people are unaware that dandruff and pimples are linked, yet having too much dandruff can easily lead to pimples. Dandruff causes the skin on your scalp to flake. These dry skin flakes are frequently responsible for clogging your face’s pores, most notably on your forehead. In this way, dandruff causes the emergence of pimples and might aggravate your skin condition.

Identifying How Dandruff Can Cause Pimples

You can tell if your pimples are a result of dandruff with these telltale signs:

  • Location: Dandruff-related pimples are usually in the front-line area, like the hairline, on the forehead, and the temples. Pay specific attention to the parts of your scalp that are less greasy and less exposed to the sun to find out whether dandruff is the reason for that pimple.
  • Persistent Breakouts: If you notice cases of pimples that resist usual treatment and keep coming back even after the best efforts are taken to prevent it, then dandruff could be an underlying problem.
    Accompanying Symptoms: Do you have scalp itchiness and flakiness combined with facial care, dryness, and soreness? Is your scalp red, itchy, and flaking? This combination hinted at dandruff causing those troublesome pimples, which is not uncommon.

How to Remove Pimples due to Dandruff?

Here are some effective strategies to banish those pimples and get clear, radiant skin:

  • Treat the Root Cause: Start by acting against the dandruff itself. See a clinician for a prescription for an anti-dandruff shampoo with ingredients ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, or zinc pyrithione. With these active ingredients acting as antifungal agents since the fungus is the common cause of dandruff. These shampoos help reducing fungal growth, flaking and irritation associated with inflammation.
  • Keep it Clean: Although we may not be fully aware, washing our faces twice daily with a mild wash is good skin care hygiene. This will unclog pores and hair follicles, which can harbor dirt particles, triglycerides, skin flakes, etc., that may lead to pimples.
  • Exfoliate Regularly: Let the exfoliator remove excess dead cells that may otherwise block your pores. This will rejuvenate your skin. Rather than using mechanical exfoliating methods that could overdry the skin, you can opt for chemical exfoliants, such as salicylic or glycolic acid, that really unclog the pores and minimize pimples.
  • Moisturize Wisely: Although you have to keep the skin moisturized, avoid oil-filled, non-comedogenic moisturizers because they may lead to more pimple problems. Look for products that are labeled non-comedogenic, and that won’t clog your pores.
  • Hands Off: Make an effort not to squeeze or press pimples as it will only aggravate the inflammation and cause scarring. Try topical pimple treatments such as those with the active ingredients of benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil to sort out the pimples.
  • Consult a Dermatologist: If your pimple does not seem to respond to home remedies, then refer to a practicing dermatologist. They can assess your condition closely and advise you on the best therapies, such as drug prescriptions or in-house techniques.

Preventing Pimples due to Dandruff

Eliminating dandruff from your scalp is an excellent method to avoid dandruff-related pimple outbreaks. Here are some basic methods for preventing dandruff-related pimples on your skin.

Make Sure Your Hair Stays Off Your Face

Keeping hair off your face prevents dandruff from coming into contact with your facial skin and clogging pores, hence preventing pimples. You can use hair bands or tie your hair in a ponytail or braid.
Brush Your Hair at Least Twice a Day
Brushing your hair at least twice a day helps remove dead cells on your scalp before they can clog pores. This method is highly effective in treating pimples caused by dandruff.
Use a Medicated Anti-dandruff Shampoo
Topical medicated solutions, such as medicated shampoo, should be used as treatments. Shampoo should have a short contact period with the scalp to maximize its benefits. After shampooing your hair, use a good conditioner.


To get rid of pimples, you must first understand that the link between dandruff and pimples matters; therefore, you must focus on dealing with both conditions effectively. By attacking the principle of dandruff and using total skincare practice, you can knock them and get out what you deserve, i.e., a glittering face.

Rohit Kushwah


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