A to Z of Skin

Welcome to A to Z of Skin

The A to Z of Skin information has been developed to help you understand more about common skin conditions and problems, and how these may be treated.  Both common and medical names have been included to help your search, as well as the names of medications and treatments. There are also a number of cosmetic topics which explain the latest treatments for cosmetic concerns related to the skin. Many College dermatologists have contributed to the information on this site. The process has been overseen by a committee of dermatologists to ensure that the final versions are both accurate and user friendly. Particular thanks go to Dr Pam Brown, Dr Peter Berger, Dr Davin Lim, Dr Michelle Rodrigues, Dr Yin Vun, Conjoint Associate Prof Orli Wargon and Dr Eleni Yiasemides (Chair). The A to Z information is currently under development. Please check back on a regular basis for updates and the addition of new topics.

Latest topic updates

Sep 23 2016

Injectable fillers for volumisation

Injectable fillers are an effective treatment to replace or add volume to the face. Volumisation may enhance existing features (e.g. lip and cheek augmentation) or replace facial fullness lost during ... Read more

Jan 23 2015

Anderson-Fabry disease

Anderson-Fabry disease also known as Fabry disease, is a rare genetic condition, belonging to a group of diseases called lysosomal storage diseases. Read more

Jan 18 2014

Strawberry birthmarks

Strawberry birthmarks also known as Infantile haemangiomas are the most common benign growths of infancy and childhood, affecting 2.6­ to 4% of babies by 6 weeks of age. Read more

Mar 25 2015

Ageing skin

Ageing of the skin is a gradual process that is associated with changes to the appearance, characteristics and function of the skin. A combination of genetic, lifestyle, dietary and environmental fact... Read more

Jun 24 2014


Acitretin is an oral retinoid (derived from vitamin A) that has effects on growth of skin cells and is anti-inflammatory. Acitretin reduces excessive skin cell growth that is a feature of conditions s... Read more

Oct 07 2014

Acne vulgaris

Acne is a very common skin condition that usually begins in adolescence. The hair follicle and its associated oil (sebaceous) gland become blocked and inflamed. Read more

Jul 21 2015

Papular urticaria

Papular urticaria is a term used to describe hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction to insect bites manifested by recurrent and persistent itchy lumps or fluid filled blisters. Read more

Jun 24 2014

Acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN)

Acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects hair follicles on the back of the neck. AKN is most commonly seen in men of African-Caribbean background but it is also se... Read more

Sep 30 2014

Acne scars (acne scarring)

Acne scars are permanent textural changes and indentations that occur on the skin as a result of severe acne. The term “scarring” is not used for the temporary red and brown marks left early after... Read more

Sep 10 2014

Seborrhoeic Keratoses

Seborrhoeic keratoses are benign “wart-like” growths on the skin. Seborrhoeic keratoses affect all racial groups and most commonly appear after the age of 40 years although some people may develop... Read more