Can Your Hair Protect Your Scalp From Skin Cancer?
Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, The Short Answer. Dermatologist Alok Vij, MD, answers this one about whether hair offers protection against skin cancer.
A: Not only does a thick, lustrous head of hair speak volumes about a person’s overall health. It also serves to protect the skin of your scalp from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.
Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy
If your hairline recedes, however, that protection goes along with it. Men and women alike should remember to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to the crown of the scalp — or to look for a fashionable, wide-brimmed hat with sun-protective fabric, measured in UPF.
—Dermatologist Alok Vij, MD