Conditioner caused acne on my scalp?!

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This is about one of the weirdest things I've ever had happen to me.

Two days ago I put my deep conditioner on my wet hair before bed, wrapped it up and kept it on all night like I always do. I used the Herbal Essence Honey deep conditioner, I don't really like it that much but have been using it since I found it at BB&B for only $2 and I just wanted to try it out.

I've used it once before without a problem. However, when I woke up that morning my scalp felt really itchy. I washed it out and everything was okay. I figured it was probably just irritation from the fragrance.

The next day, I was brushing my hair and I felt a painful bump at the back of my head. I touched it with my finger and it felt like a pimple.

Today, I have like five more all over my scalp. They all feel like zits..so gross! I'm assuming it's from the conditioner I used?
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Itchy scalp and bumps forming sounds like maybe a mild reaction to the product. I wouldn't be super worried about it, but I also wouldn't use that product overnight again. Sometimes I get little pimple like bumps when I'm having a mild allergic reaction to something. I've had this reaction to some skin and hair products. Like, I've gotten a some little bumps on the nape of my neck and the crown of my head from trying new products. I don't think it's pimples though. The bumps usually don't feel like pimples. They're more red, and they would just suddenly appear on my skin out of no where. They felt kind of sour when I touched them. I've seen them happen when I was having mild reactions on other parts of my body. The worst instance was this laundry detergent I used, where I just progressively got more and more small, pimple-like bumps until I swapped it for something else.

ETA: Ok, so I just googled it. I think I actually am describing really small hives. Also, you might want to go really easy on product, and only use trusted products, until your scalp heals.
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Last edited by rainboe; 11-17-2013 at 03:35 AM.
It does take a while to get a reaction like that. Is the bump close to the neck area? The frangrance and other ingredients could caused that. Have you used other products with similar ingredients? I've gotten actually acne on my scalp from the first time using coconut oil. I don't remember ever getting hives from any products except irritation and itching. But I can easly tell when my scalp hates something. You'll get a lot of bumps if you're allergic or sensitive. Yes, hives are small red bumps and can mean other skin conditions too.

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I occasionally get what I've described as acne on my scalp as well. It usually clears up on it's own. However, one time, I had a really bad case of them after using a product that apparently did not agree with my scalp. I went to my doctor -- he said that I had infected hair follicles and prescribed me an antibiotic that cleared it up. If yours doesn't clear up on it's own within a week or two, you might want to visit your doctor.
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DT: Olive oil, coconut oil, and honey with conditioner
ive never heard of this, though i might have a suggestion, my bf sometimes gets bad dandruff. when i say bad i mean he ichyes so much that he breaks the skin and he has places where it bleeds. Ive made a "growth booster" for myself, though i use it on his scalp and after about 2 weeks it gets rid of it, doesnt matter how bad it is.
so i use a light base oil, (i use half argan and half grapeseed oil) but anything that you have and can take will work, (olive oil/jojoba oil...) then i add my essesail oils. (rosemary, pepermints, tea tree, lavendula, lemon, lemongrass, neem oil) right now im using a mixture of rosemary and neem.
though i use to use peppermints and rosemary. give it ago. just add what ever you have on hand.

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There is no benefit to using most deep conditioners for more than perhaps an hour. It doesn't do hair or skin any good to be kept wet for that long - hair can be weakened, the skin barrier can start to break down.

You may have had an allergic or irritation response (contact dermatitis), infected follicles (folliculitis), certain ingredients are known to be comedogenic (pore blocking = acne) to some people, for example silicones or any oil rich in oleic acid. Really only a doctor can diagnose the issue.
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Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
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ive never heard of this, though i might have a suggestion, my bf sometimes gets bad dandruff. when i say bad i mean he ichyes so much that he breaks the skin and he has places where it bleeds. Ive made a "growth booster" for myself, though i use it on his scalp and after about 2 weeks it gets rid of it, doesnt matter how bad it is.
so i use a light base oil, (i use half argan and half grapeseed oil) but anything that you have and can take will work, (olive oil/jojoba oil...) then i add my essesail oils. (rosemary, pepermints, tea tree, lavendula, lemon, lemongrass, neem oil) right now im using a mixture of rosemary and neem.
though i use to use peppermints and rosemary. give it ago. just add what ever you have on hand.
Originally Posted by Fmasuhr
If oils like olive or jojoba touch my scalp and are left on too long I get spots on my scalp.

So I personally wouldn't advise purposely putting oils on your scalp if you have issues with other hair products causing scalp reactions.

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