Adults, not just teens, can suffer from stubborn acne or pimples along their hairline.

Sometimes, the conditions that are ripe for the development of blemishes are concentrated along the hairline.

However, this doesn’t make the treatment any different than if the blemishes were appearing on the forehead or chin.

Even though covering the hairline with hair, to obscure the blemishes, seems like an easy solution, these pimples should be treated as though they were located anywhere else.

And do NOT ever pick at them, as this can lead to scarring.

“Acne is a chronic skin disorder that accounts for about 20 percent of visits to dermatologists,” says Dr. Steven Musick, MD, a board certified dermatologist who runs Musick Dermatology, LLC, in Swansea, IL, which provides state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for all disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Dr. Musick continues, “It affects more than 90 percent of teens and about 15-20 percent of young adult females in their 20s and 30s.

Combating Acne or Pimples at the Hairline

“Dermatologists are experts at treating acne and utilize a wide range of therapies,” says Dr. Musick.

“Topical cream, oral medications, laser and light therapies, and chemical peels are all useful in combating acne.

“These treatments are useful for acne in all locations, including the hairline.”

Just One Pimple Along the Hairline?

One pimple along the hairline (or anywhere for that matter), that does not go away, is actually far more concerning than a cluster.

A developing cluster (many blemish-like growths) is far less likely to be a malignancy than is one isolated lesion.

Keep an eye on any isolated new growths, even if they perfectly resemble a common pimple.

Two skin cancers — melanoma and basal cell carcinoma — can mimic a benign blemish.

If a blemish does not go away (and stay gone) after a few weeks, have a dermatologist inspect it.

Steven Musick, MD

Steven Musick, MD

Since 2008 Musick Dermatology & Advanced Clinical Spa has been providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for all disorders of the skin, hair and nails.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  



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