What does it mean when your skin has dots?
There are several possible causes for red dots on the skin, including heat rash, KP, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis. Red dots on the skin may also occur due to more serious conditions, such as a viral or bacterial infection.
When to see a dermatologist for sun spots?
It’s safest to have an annual skin exam done by a dermatologist if your skin has a number of sun spots. In addition, your skin will have a unique “style” or pattern to its sun spots. And, your dermatologist can teach you how to better tell the difference between your sun spots, other age spots and skin cancer.
What do skin spots look like in dermatology?
Most days in dermatology we will see hundreds (if not thousands) of these. Appearance-wise they can be various shades of color, most commonly white to brown or gray. They are flaky and scaly, and often have an appearance like they have been stuck on the skin and could literally be peeled off, removing them.
What do brown spots on the face mean?
These dark skin patches are known as brown spots, age spots, dark spots, sun spots and liver spots. Brown spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands.
Where do you get sun spots on your face?
Your first sun spots often show up on the sides of your face, the sides of your neck, the ‘V’ of your chest, and the back of your hands. These are the areas of your skin that get the most lifetime sun exposure. If you are a man whose scalp hair is thinning, sun spots will start dotting the top of your scalp, too.
Is it normal to have spots on your face?
Good news: Most of the spots you’re seeing are harmless. Peculiar things start to happen to our skin as we age, especially the areas that are exposed to the sun. Luckily most issues are simply cosmetic rather than dangerous.
What does it mean if you have small spots on your skin?
One is idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis (IGH), or small spots that appear on skin that has had chronic sun exposure (usually the shins and forearms, but sometimes the chest and back as well). Often these are hypopigmented, not depigmented (hence the name), but sometimes they are depigmented and enhance on Wood’s lamp.
Why do I get white spots on my face?
It causes little white areas to appear on skin that is exposed to the sun. Thus, the face, neck, hands and arms are most often affected. People with different skin types develop idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis. Most do so in their 40s or 50s.
Can a dermatologist diagnose a skin spot?
The best dermatologists know that making a diagnosis requires training and experience in dermatology. In some cases, it may also require a biopsy of the skin spot for microscopic analysis if there is any uncertainty about the appearance of the growth.