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Old 06-10-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
 
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Default Has this been talked about?? Small "crusty" bumps?

This is driving me nuts and it has been happening off and on since even discovering CG (I've done full and modified). Anyway....maybe once a month, I will feel these small, raised, crusty bumps in my scalp. When kind of trying to 'check them out' with a fingernail, it is almost scabby-like as if I picked it off the scalp! It doesn't really itch....and I discover them mainly in the back/top of my head and on the top/back/sides. The other weird thing is that when using a nail, it just doesn't seem to flake something off, I swear I can dig INTO my scalp when this happens. Using ACV a few days in a row (which I HATE to do because my hair doesn't love it TWICE in a row), "dries" the stuff up (but terribly STINGS the areas with the bumps!!!).

What IS this?? Does anyone know?? I am not using anything with -cones....just the Trader Joe's Tea-Tree Tingle stuff, Rock Hard Gel-ee, and some of the Bouncy Curls gel (little to mix into the RHG).

BLACH! I feel nasty!
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This is honestly something that sounds similar to what I was going thru before going cg. It seemed to clear up for me at least because I started scrubbing my scalp more often (daily), and I did that because I wasn't using shampoo anymore. I don't know what it is... I honestly thought it was just dandruff or maybe heavy build up. Probably best to see a dermatologist, because maybe something you use now is not agreeing with your skin/scalp? Maybe try to water wash in between shampoos to scrub the scalp. Maybe a sugar scrub once a week?
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I've been getting this stuff too since going CG, so now i'm modified CG and I've been low-pooing as much 3 or 4 a week.

Anyone know what this is and what causes these bumps?

I think its just that some of us sweat more than others and we need to wash our hair more than others. I'm also an active person so I sweat a lot. The people who are having this problem, are you the same way?
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Yep. I have a very strenuous profession, and sweating is par for the course. Gross I know...
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Sounds to me like it could be blackheads or clogged pores on the scalp. Maybe a regular baking soda scrub would help.
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Sounds to me like it could be blackheads or clogged pores on the scalp. Maybe a regular baking soda scrub would help.
Well, they aren't black...they are flesh colored/scalp colored. Heck, if I didn't FEEL them, I probably wouldn't know they were there. And, they aren't filled with Puss or anything (EW)....they aren't squeezable. Just little hard crusty tiny bumps. Kind of like, too, as though my scalp feels THICK during this time. It's truly weird.

I never had this pre-cg (when I was not thinking about cones and sulfates...but even when I went modified using baby shampoo every so often, I had it. Not every time...but maybe a few times a month.
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Well, they aren't black...they are flesh colored/scalp colored. Heck, if I didn't FEEL them, I probably wouldn't know they were there. And, they aren't filled with Puss or anything (EW)....they aren't squeezable. Just little hard crusty tiny bumps. Kind of like, too, as though my scalp feels THICK during this time. It's truly weird.

I never had this pre-cg (when I was not thinking about cones and sulfates...but even when I went modified using baby shampoo every so often, I had it. Not every time...but maybe a few times a month.
I get what my facialist called "plugs," which act like blackheads except they're not black. It's basically a clogged pore that hardens. I tend to get a lot of them along my hairline and it sounds like what you're describing. I find that really scrubbing my scalp with a good sulfate-free shampoo (I use Burt's Bees once a week) helps a lot. Co-washing doesn't really help because I have oily skin and I need something to keep that under control.
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My scalp used to have these just in one spot, near the crown of my head, when I used to use sulfate shampoos.

They completely stopped when I stopped the sulfates.

I wonder if they have to do with the overproduction or the presence of too much of sebum on the scalp? For some people, doing CG would bring this on. For others, shampooing [overcleansing] would do it, because in some cases the more you shampoo, the more your skin tries to compensate by producing more oil.

ETA: My remedy at the time was to use Aveda's Balancing Infusion, which was a blend of essential oils in some carrier oil base. If I massaged this into my scalp before shampooing, I didn't have this problem. It was essential in wintertime.

In hindsight, I now see that the reason this likely worked was because it prevented my scalp from getting too dried out and then overcompensating by producing more sebum.

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Sounds to me like it could be blackheads or clogged pores on the scalp. Maybe a regular baking soda scrub would help.
Well, they aren't black...they are flesh colored/scalp colored. Heck, if I didn't FEEL them, I probably wouldn't know they were there. And, they aren't filled with Puss or anything (EW)....they aren't squeezable. Just little hard crusty tiny bumps. Kind of like, too, as though my scalp feels THICK during this time. It's truly weird.

I never had this pre-cg (when I was not thinking about cones and sulfates...but even when I went modified using baby shampoo every so often, I had it. Not every time...but maybe a few times a month.
Yea, i have the same issue. These issues started once I went CG. I think its clogged hair follicles from over production of sebrum and sweat. Some people like me produce a lot of sweat and sebum, and if we do not wash regularly this leads to clogging i think.

I've come to terms that pure CG is not gonna work for me due to this issue. So, I'm gonna have to wash more often with low-poo, hopefully that works. I still won't use silicones tho, so i can take away something from CG. haha
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ar 29, 2011 | By Jonathan VanDam

This is what it is called, for scaly, pimple or bumps in your scalp
FOLLICULITIS
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. It most often occurs from Staphylococcus bacteria that infects damaged hair follicles. Damage to hair follicles can develop from shaving, friction from clothing, abrasions or preexisting skin conditions. Folliculitis can affect upper parts of the hair follicle or deepen into the hair follicle. Common symptoms of folliculitis include itching, rash, tenderness, inflamed skin, sores and pus-filled blisters that break open. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center warns that the condition can affect anyone at any age and can spread from person to person because of the contagious bacteria that infect the hair follicles. Risk factors for folliculitis include living in unsanitary conditions, wearing tight clothing, heat and chronic skin condit
TINEA CAPITIS
Tinea capitis, or ringworm of the scalp, occurs from fungal infections of the scalp. Various types of fungus can cause the condition, but it most often develops from dermatophytes that invade the hair shaft. Like most types of fungi, dermatophytes thrive in warm, humid environments and are difficult to avoid. Tinea capitis occurs most often in children aged 3 to 7, although anyone is susceptible, notes DermNet NZ. This form of ringworm can spread from animal to person, person to person or object to person. Symptoms of tinea capitis include brittle hair, tenderness, round patches of scaly skin, irritation, swelling and sores at the scalp. The condition can cause permanent hair loss if not treated.
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Default Small Crusty Bumps Also

I do not wash my hair daily. I have had this one bump for about a year at the crown of my head. I notice it is just a bump. But once I wash my hair, I notice it gets crusty as if it dries up. Once it dries up, I roll my finger over it occassionally until it breaks off. I also start to notice the more oil I put in my hair (I am a african american) the bump would come back. So now I wash my hair more often and put less oil in my crown. I am getting ready to go see a dermatologist but decided to search the internet to see if anyone else was having this same issue. Also what is CG I see in most of the post here?
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That one bump sounds like a skin tag
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i get them too if I have build up. pretty annoying. mine itch though.
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Also what is CG I see in most of the post here?
CG = Curly Girl method

In the simplest terms, this means avoiding products with sulfates and other harsh cleansers that can damage curly hair, along with silicones that can build up and are difficult to remove without those stronger cleansers.

You can get a lot of great info from the Newbies info/Introductions section:

Newbies info/introductions - CurlTalk

This one is especially helpful:

TON of useful information for new curlies!! =)

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If you can, the best to do is either see a dermatologist or talk to your primary care physician. I tend to google my symptoms and it's almost like a dichotomy that links it to something serious which can then make you question everything and keep you trying things that can potentially make something worse. So I think to save you frustration, you should see a professional. I think it's great to ask fellow people for assistance, but take the definitive answer from a doctor.

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i get them too if I have build up. pretty annoying. mine itch though.
Mine itch also.. I just thought about it. It started happening when I changed beautician over a year ago. I purchased the same shampoo she uses. I looked last night and it has sulfate mention more than once. I use to use Dudley before I switch to Narobi. I had no problems before switching.

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