Ever look at an unfamiliar spot or blemish and wonder if it’s a blackhead, pimple, or sun spot? Worse, ever consider that it could be something more? To the untrained eye, unusual skin presentations can cause confusion and alarm. They can also go misdiagnosed, often not getting the attention they require. This is because many skin conditions can seem similar in appearance to one another, says Shari Marchbein, board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.
“For example, a pink flaky spot or rash can be eczema, dandruff, ringworm, psoriasis, or even a skin cancer, like squamous cell carcinoma,” she says. Unfortunately, patients sometimes report to the dermatologist’s office sharing a previous diagnosis that is incorrect and having missed out on valuable treatment time. Because this occurs more often than documented, we’ve highlighted the top four skin conditions most commonly, well, diagnosed — and how to look out for them. Click here to find out.