Toppik Scalp Cancer - No Relation whatsoever

Toppik is the name of a hair thickening product used to cover patches of comparatively thin hair on the heads of people suffering from hair loss. Some rumours have been going around for a while about Toppik being the cause of some people’s scalp cancer. Some debate has been established about whether Toppik causes this scalp cancer, or whether it could possibly be from another source. Scalp cancer is cancer of the scalp, the skin under the hair on the heads of people. Are the two of them, namely Toppik scalp cancer related to each other? Absolutely not is my unbiased verdict. But let me present them both opinions in detail so that you can yourself reach a reasonable conclusion.

So, what is Toppik all about? Toppik is a thin-hair-concealing shake-on hair-thickening dry dust from Spencer Forrest Inc. Toppik is a unique product that produces strands of fibre that bind themselves to natural hair to increase the appearance of naturally thick hair on the head of a person who is loosing their hair.

What does the dry dust consist of? It consists of electrostatic ally charged fibres made of keratin. This keratin is composed of microfibers of Merino wool. These fibres are actually Merino wool fibres whose colours are created to mach the head of the person using the product. When the fibres are applied, the customer’s hair appears to have magically thickened.

How is colour matching achieved? The product comes in many containers containing custom hair colours. Each can’s different colour respectively matches the different colour shades of the natural hair colours of many people. Therefore, you can choose a colour that will match your own hair’s colour, and increase your hair’s thickness at the same time. The colours match so well that no one can tell you have used a hair restoration or thickening product. How nice for the person losing their hair! This product is bound to add to a person’s sense of well-being and increase a person’s self esteem, since thinning hair can tend to make a person self conscious.

How is Toppik applied? It is applied by holding the custom container upside-down over the thin-haired patches on the head and shaking the container. A precaution required is to blow-dry the hair covering the head before the dust is sprinkled. The dry dust comes out of 167 microholes in the top of the container and gets sprinkled on the thin hair.

What is keratin and does it react with hair or scalp? It is a protein that is reaction-neutral to hair or to the scalp underlying the hair. The keratin microfibres are attracted towards the thin hair on the scalp through electrostatic force. A bond is formed between the natural hair and the keratin fibres. The keratin microfibres form a thick layer and cover the thin natural hair. The whole appearance of the hair over the head then becomes abundant-looking. There are no patches left with thin hair. The process is fast and easy. The replacement hair product produced by Toppik bonds to the natural hair in such a way that it stays where it is. Neither wind nor inclement weather will cause the Toppik replacement hair to move or come off. How convenient for the person using the product!

Can the product be used with equal effectiveness over all different areas of the head? No, the effectiveness is good for all areas of the head except in the hairline region. So, can something be done to make the product effective in the hairline region? Yes. You can use the Toppik Hairline Optimizer (also from Spencer Forrest) to make the dry dust effective in the hairline region. It is as easy to use as the regular product, and will keep your hairline looking as natural as the rest of your hair.

So, what is the nature of Toppik as a product? Well, Toppik can be likened to a protective cap worn over the head that hides the thin hair.

What is scalp cancer? The scalp cancer that some believe is cause by using Toppik is squamous cell skin cancer (SCC) of the scalp, or skin cancer on top of the head. Such cancers mostly affect completely bald or partially bald people due to direct exposure to sunlight. The disease is characterized by pain and bleeding of the lesions affected by cancerous cells in red nodules (tumours) formed on the scalp.

The debate is whether the product Toppik itself actually causes scalp skin cancer. Most skin cancer is caused by extended exposure to sunlight. Therefore, if a person has thinning hair or bald patches on their scalp, their scalp is more likely to be exposed to the sun. The more sun the scalp is exposed to, the more likely the person is to get skin cancer of the scalp. If your hair is thinning and you are concerned about scalp cancer, use the same common sense methods of avoiding the sun that you would on other parts of your body. Wear sunscreen, avoid being outside in the sun for long periods of time, and wear a hat, scarf, or other protective clothing to protect the head and scalp from prolonged exposure to the sun.

In one way, Toppik has been indirectly related to scalp skin cancer. People with sores or unusual eruptions on their scalp have used the product to cover up marks or blemishes on the top of their head. A better choice for these people would have been to go to their family physician or local dermatologist to see whether the spots on their scalp are cancerous or not. Scalp cancer is just like many other forms of cancer. It is easily treated if a diagnosis is made early and treatment started as soon as possible after a diagnosis is made. Avoiding the subject of a possible scalp cancer just increases the chances of the spread of a potential cancer to other parts of the body. So if you find any suspicious spots or sores on your head, show your physician as soon as possible for a diagnosis. But don’t blame the use of a product like Toppik. Toppik is made of natural ingredients or of ingredients that have not been found to be harmful to people. Unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Toppik, you should be able to use and enjoy this product with no fear of harm whatsoever.

So, you can now reach your own conclusion on Toppik scalp cancer. I am sure you will reach the same unbiased verdict as mine.