Skin Tag on the Scalp Explained

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Skin tags on the scalp

Skin tags are small and soft benign skin growth that develops as a result of your skin rubbing together. Skin tags usually occur on the neck, eyelids, groin folds, armpits, and stomach as well as beneath the breast. 

However, it is possible for skin tags to form where the skin doesn’t rub against itself. For instance, tags can develop on the scalp. Truth be told, this type of skin tag development may cause panic to many people. Although skin tags occur on the scalp, they are still very rare and unusual. 

In this article, we will explore some of the causes of skin tags on the scalp as well as the best treatment option. 

Why Do Skin Tags Occur on the Scalp?

Skin tags occur almost anywhere where the skin runs itself or rubs against clothing. It is, therefore, a mystery to many when they occur on the scalp since the scalp doesn’t rub itself. 

Nonetheless, there are other ways for skin tags to develop. In some instances, skin tags may form due to clogged pores as a result of sweating. Blocked pores provide a suitable environment for the growth of skin tags. 

Other times, skin tags may be caused by contact. For instance, touching may cause skin tags to spread from one area to another. The spread may also come from sharing a recently used towel belonging to someone with skin tags. In addition, bacteria and fungus can cause the growth of this type of skin tag. Basically, the bacteria or fungus is transferred from the skin tag to another body through contact.

It is very rare for a skin tag on the scalp to be caused by growths such as cancer. Generally, there are extremely rare cases where tags become malignant or cancerous. However, if you notice a skin tag on your scalp, don’t hesitate to see a doctor for testing on whether or not it is cancerous.

Skin Tags Vs. Other Growths

As stated above, skin tags on the scalp are very rare. Hence, it is important for you to know the difference between a skin tag and any other skin condition that you may have. To be certain of the type of growth on your scalp, visit a dermatologist for examination. If they are uncertain about the growth, the health care specialist will need to perform a biopsy to ensure that it is not malignant (cancerous). 

Should I Worry About Skin Tags on the Scalp?

Skin tags on the scalp are not life-threatening. Although they may be irritating and unsightly, and you don’t like the thought of having them on your scalp, you can rest easy knowing that they are not dangerous and will not pose any damage. 

As mentioned earlier, skin tags may be cancerous in some instances. While this is a rare case, it is best to visit a dermatologist so you can be certain that the growth on your scalp is non-cancerous. 

What are the Best Methods for Removing Skin Tags on the Scalp?

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Careful removal of a skin tag in the scalp

While the task of removing skin tags on the scalp seems easy, it is quite a challenging task if you have hair. Rubbing oil on the growth is a common remedy used to remove the skin tags on the scalp. However, this may not work best if you have hair since the oil will cause your hair to be greasy.

If you don’t have hair, then you can remove the skin tag using the usual methods used to remove them from other body parts. The only issue with the scalp is that you won’t be able to hide the bandage.

Removal of Skin Tag on Scalp

If you have hair, removing a skin tag scalp can be challenging. Fortunately, there are a few removal options that will get rid of the skin tags without damaging your hair. They include the following:

  • Freezing the Skin Tags

This is an effective removal method for people with hair. This treatment option is very simple since you just need to apply the cream to the skin tag. It is, however, important to note that freezing skin tags leaves a scar. The best thing, however, is the fact that you will be able to cover up the scar with hair.

  • Tea Tree Oil

Just like applying the freezing cream, applying tea tree oil is another option for people with hair. The procedure is the same as that of applying the freezing cream. Once you have purchased the tea tree oil, ask your friend to part your hair and dip a cotton swab into the oil before applying it to the skin tag. 

Cutting or Shaving Hair for People with Skin Tags

Cutting your hair when you have a skin tag on the scalp sounds like a very challenging task. However, the level of difficulty usually depends on the type of haircut. Trimming the split ends of your hair may be easy and not a cause for concern. Just be careful if you want to shave your head or make a buzz cut. 

If you opt for a buzz cut, it is only right that you inform the barber beforehand about our skin tag. Of course, you don’t want the barber to accidentally use clippers or scissors over the skin tag. 

Final Thoughts

Having a skin tag on the skin should not really be something to be overly concerned about. It is possible for skin tags to occur on the scalp but on very rare occasions. If you notice something unusual about your skin tag, it is best to visit a dermatologist for examination to ensure that it is not cancerous.