I’ve been wearing a toupee for the last 10 years. I am a 35 year old male. I’ve recently had some issues with my scalp being irritated, so I’ve decided to take the toupee off while at home and allow the scalp to heal and recover a bit. I actually have not reattached the toupee to my head in a week or more, and still have a couple of areas on my scalp that remain red and dry, where the tape track has set for years.
My question, will these red marks go away over time? Is there anything I should be doing to moisturize or care for my scalp?
Your advice is greatly appreciated!
I do not have the benefit of examining you in person, but you seem to describe some local irritation. These marks should go away in a few weeks, but without a physical exam I do not know what you have. The red marks can be a local irritation, or a permanent scar, or an infection, or even cancer (though it is not likely from what you describe). Please follow up with your primary care physician.