A 37-year-old male asked:
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my 7yr old has white spots on her cheeks(& nowhere else). they seem to be under the skin, not scales/rash. is it vitamin deficiency or something else?

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Dr. Candace Spann
20 years experience Dermatology
Pityriasis alba: It sounds like you're describing pityriasis alba. Pityriasis alba is a condition that results from dry skin and is very common in children. It is a patchy lightening of the skin (not a starchy white depigmentation of the skin). It is not scaly and is usually asymptomatic. It tends to look worse in the summer as the affected skin does not tan. Most cases resolve in puberty when skin becomes oily.
Answered on May 6, 2015
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