A macule is a flat, distinct, discolored area of skin less than 1 centimeter
(cm) wide. It doesn't involve any change in the thickness or texture of the
skin. Areas of discoloration that are larger than 1 cm are referred to as
The medical term for scaling skin, desquamation, comes from the Latin desquamare, meaning “to scrape scales off a fish.” If you have seen or performed this activity, you understand what scaling skin is. The outer layer of skin becomes dry and flaky and peels away from the body in large pieces with the appearance of scales..
Irregular areas in which there are changes in skin color are a common problem with a wide array of potential causes. You may have changes in the pigmentation of a certain area of your skin due to a difference in the level of melanin it contains. M...
Detecting changes in skin color is challenging because there is such a wide range of skin coloration in all individuals. Subtle changes like skin blanching may occur gradually over time, or there may be a sudden onset.