There are three main types of scalp lesions that can look like a blister, and this includes cancer.

This is why it’s important to have a dermatologist inspect your scalp on a yearly basis as part of your skin cancer screening.

“A blister-like spot on the scalp could be a blister (will resolve in a couple of weeks or as all blisters do), a non-cancerous growth (like a mole) or a skin cancer,” 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.

“If the lesion persists, seek evaluation by a qualified dermatologist,” says Dr. Musick.

A type of non-cancerous growth that just might look like a blister is a seborrheic keratosis.

These typically begin appearing after age 40 and can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp. They can resemble melanoma.

However, a melanoma can sometimes pass as a seborrheic keratosis.


So if you see ANY strange new growth on your scalp – or you’re not sure how long you’ve had a newly-discovered lesion – have a dermatologist examine it.

Another type of growth that can seem like a blister is a strange kind of mole called a dysplastic nevus (atypical mole).

These typically appear in childhood or young adulthood, and can strongly resemble melanoma. And vice versa.

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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.
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