A to Z of Skin

Search all things skin via A–Z:

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

Mar 04 2016

Hori’s naevus

Hori’s naevus presents as benign (harmless) blue-grey to gray-brown patchy and spotty pigmentation on the prominence of the cheeks. The condition usually appears in adulthood. It is most common in m... Read more

Mar 03 2016


Panniculitis refers to a group of conditions characterised by inflammation of the fat layer below the skin (sub-cutaneous fat). It can be localised to a particular part of the body or involve larger a... Read more

Mar 02 2016

Naevus spilus

Naevus spilus is a type of birthmark that consists of a flat brown background patch containing darker brown spots or tiny bumps. Read more

Feb 15 2016

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium results when the normal ratio of growing and resting hairs is altered, and the percentage of hair follicles in telogen is increased. The hair shedding is usually noted 3 to 4 months ... Read more

Feb 15 2016

Biologic treatments used in dermatology

Biologics are medications made from human or animal proteins. They are designed to specifically target biologic pathways that cause inflammation in the skin and other organs.   Read more

Feb 15 2016


Flushing is a term used to describe transient and episodic reddening of the skin. It occurs most commonly on the face and neck but less conspicuous changes may occur over the entire body. Read more

Jan 25 2016

Laser resurfacing – fractional

Fractional laser resurfacing was first described in 2001 by Dr Rox Anderson, a prominent laser dermatologist from Boston. In Australia, the first generation of fractional lasers was introduced in 2007... Read more

Jan 19 2016

Brachioradial pruritus

Brachioradial pruritus is a skin condition where the affected person is troubled by abnormal skin sensations on the outer forearms, upper arms and occasionally on the top of the shoulder. Read more

Jan 15 2016

Cherry angiomas

Cherry angiomas are the most common blood vessel overgrowths of the skin and typically present in the third or fourth decades of life. Cherry angiomas tend to increase in both size and number with adv... Read more

Jan 15 2016

Androgenetic alopecia (in men)

Androgenetic alopecia is the term used to describe a common form of baldness in men that is usually inherited.  The condition is slowly progressive and can affect men of any age group after puberty. Read more