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

Apr 03 2018

Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition in which the skin in the armpits, around the neck, in the groin and under the breasts becomes thickened and has a dark velvety appearance. Read more

Apr 03 2018

Enteroviral vesicular stomatitis

Enteroviral vesicular stomatitis also known as hand, foot and mouth disease is a common contagious viral illness that spreads from person to person. Read more

Jul 26 2017


Shingles is a localised, blistering, red and painful rash. It can involve the chest, neck, abdomen, face or ear canal and central nervous system. Read more

Jul 19 2017

Skin Cancer – An Overview

Australia reports the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia each year. Read more

Jul 19 2017

Erythema ab igne

Erythema ab igne (EAI) is a skin reaction characterised by a pattern of erythema (redness) resembling a net or hyperpigmentation (increased pigmentation) caused by chronic exposure to heat. Read more

May 15 2017

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Tuberous sclerosis complex is a genetic disorder that can affect multiple organs including the skin, brain, kidneys, heart and lungs. Read more