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Tiny Red Spot On Face

Hi.  I just have a question about something that has appeared on my left cheek just to the side of my nose.  Basically, it is an extremely tiny red spot, almost like a pin-***** size, and it hasn't gone away in weeks.  I also have another smaller fainter one not to far from it.  Could it be a tiny burst blood vessle or something like that?  I'm concerned it could be a sign of skin cancer.  My mother says it looks exactly like the beginning of a beauty mark, because she said she has had the exact same kind of spot that seemed to last forever and eventually turned into a beauty mark.  (not a cancerous mole, just your average run-of-the-mill beauty mark.)  I hope that's all it is.

Also, what about a tiny white bump (in another spot)?  I don't mean a growth, but like a whitehead.  Then again, maybe it is just a whitehead, but please define because I'm not sure if a true whitehead is just the final stage of a pimple that looks full and white (which this isn't) or more like I'm describing, like maybe a little clogged poor which looks white.  I also have two of these in different spots.

Just to give you an idea, I have kind of pale, not very great skin that has a tendency to break out, especially around my neck.  Although I don't tan well, I haven't had a sunburn in years because I'm never out in the sun for long.  Skin cancer does not run in my family.
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Jody:

What you're describing is almsot certainly what doctors call a "telangiectasis," and regular people call a "broken blood vessel."  In fact these small, superficial blood vessels aren't "broken," merely close to the surface and noticeable.  They're more common in fair-skinned people.  They NEVER turn into skin cancer.  You can ignore them, or if you don't like them, your dermatologist can laser them off for you in a jif.

The "white spot" could be either a clogged pore or a small cyst called a milium.  Either can be removed by a doctor or an esthetician.

Best.

Dr. R

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