This elderly women presented with a solitary flesh-colored papule on her lip. Clinically, an epidermoid cyst was suspected. Microcystic adnexal carcinomas (MACs) are rare tumors. They often present on the central face of women, as in this case, with a wide age range. While the incidence is low, the number of times it is included in the differential diagnosis on a superficial shave biopsy is high. Histologically, it mimics other sclerosing adnexal tumors, such as desmoplastic trichoepithelioma and syringoma. MACs tend to infiltrate deep, in the shape of an iceberg, with perineural invasion, while the others are more 'V' shaped and superficial. This is why seeing the entire lesion on biopsy is paramount. Recurrences are common as the borders of the lesion are difficult to define. Cool case!
At low power, there is an ill-defined lesion in the dermis. Thre is solar elastosis in the superficial dermis. Epidermis is uninvolved.