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Scales are a visible peeling or flaking of outer skin layers.


Scales may be caused by dry skin, certain inflammatory skin conditions, or infections.

Alternative Names

Skin flaking


High WA, Tomasini CF, Argenziano G, Zalaudek I. Basic principles of dermatology. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 1.

Update Date 4/14/2013