A 43-year-old member asked:
what are these red dry skin patches on my cheecks?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 32 years experience
Actinic keratosis: An actinic keratosis (ak), also known as a solar keratosis, is a small, rough spot occurring on skin that has been chronically exposed to the sun. Actinic keratoses generally measure in size between 2-6 millimeters in diameter (between the size of a pencil point and that of an eraser). They are usually reddish in color, with a rough texture and often have a white or yellowish scale on top.
5926 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Many possibilities: It could be any of many diseases such as lupus, acne rosacea, etc.
5924 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 6, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$15 per month
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.