Wrinkles are a normal and inevitable aspect of the skin’s makeup. More so, with advancing, we expect to see crow feet, laugh lines and other signs of aging. On the other hand, what most people do not expect is finding a wrinkled skin on the scalp.
The condition is medically known as Cutis verticis gyrata; it is a condition associated with thickening of the scalp.
What Causes Wrinkles On Scalp?
- Genes have a pivotal role to play in the development of scalp wrinkles. If either or both your parents have scalp wrinkles, you could possibly develop them, as well.
- Overexposure to sun is one of the chief factors for formation of wrinkles on the scalp wrinkles. UV rays expedite the breakdown of elastin and collagen, and consequently the skin sags and wrinkles develop.
- Hair loss is known to occur over time, where the scalp thickens and creases form; although hair within the furrows remains normal.
- Primary essential Cutis verticis gyrata is where the cause is unknown. There are no related anomalies. It is commoner in men, and develops during or soon after puberty. The disorder progresses very slowly, and also occurs without any symptom, and thus, it often passes unnoticed in the early stage.
- Primary non-essential Cutis verticis gyrata is known to be linked to neuropsychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, seizures and eye related anomalies, most frequently cataracts.
Secondary Cutis verticis gyrata develops as a result of a host of other disorders or drugs which bring about changes in structure of the scalp. Commonly seen disorders include: acromegaly – i.e. an excess of the growth hormone causes the condition, usually because of pituitary gland tumors, excessive drug use which imitates acromegaly (including the injection of HGH, the human growth hormone as well as drugs which encourage growth hormone output), melanocytic moles, birthmarks (connective tissue naevi, naevus lipomatosus and fibroma), and inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, Darier disease, impetigo, acne and atopic dermatitis.
How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles On Scalp?
There is no absolute cure for Cutis verticis gyrata and as of now, medical treatment is largely restricted to plastic surgery comprising of excision of the creases and wrinkles by means of scalp reduction or resection. Subcision is also advised by a lot of experts. Some health care providers and cosmetic surgeons also suggest injections of dermal filler that is poly-L-lactic acid.
Also, you could follow these guidelines to prevent a worsening of the condition:
- Have a good daily skin care regimen; this is one of the most effective and sure ways to discourage or reduce scalp wrinkles (other than creases produced by genetics).
- Moisturizing your scalp with Vitamin E is the most successfully method to ward off new wrinkles. It is a potent antioxidant which helps reduces the signs of aging appreciably. Also, it will ensure that no new creases develop and hair loss will be under control too.
- You should also confer with a dermatologist regarding invasive treatments such as laser resurfacing.