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Wudhu and ghusal for a person who has severe scalp acne

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Q: I am a woman who has severe acne on her scalp. This has been causing me extreme distress, especially with regards to purity and showering. The pimples on my head are infectious and filled with pus. They pop all the time and when they pop they release pus/blood/liquid for usually two-three days (this is called “weeping”, common for acne pimples). It is almost impossible to catch a time when there are no “weeping” pimples on my head. The only time I get to wash/shampoo my hair is when it is fardh for me to make ghusl (usually once/twice a month). I am afraid to wash my head otherwise because that would only spread the impurity coming out of the pimples all over my body. However, it is becoming extremely difficult not to wash my hair.

My hair is long and my scalp becomes very oily quickly and it makes me feel disgusted. Not washing it often seems to be worsening my acne, as well as making my head itch like crazy (and itching it just pops more pimples). There doesn’t seem to be any effective medical solution for scalp acne, I’ve tried a couple things but none of them worked. This situation is really stressing me out. Can I just shower whenever I want to even if the pimples on my head are releasing impurity? What do I do about the impurity going all over the rest of my body?


A: There is no harm in showering, but when the impurity is released you need to renew you wudhu.

You may just lightly wipe it out and wash that area.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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