Linear IgA Disease

What is it? Also known as … Chronic Bullous Dermatosis of Childhood, Linear Immunoglobulin A Dermatosis What is Linear IgA Disease? Linear IgA Disease is a rare skin blistering condition. It affects young children (usually before 5 years of age) or adults (usually after 40 years of age). This condition affects the skin and mucosal […]

Acquired Ichthyosis

What is it? Acquired ichthyosis is a non-hereditary skin condition characterised by dry and rough skin with scaling. It is often described as “fish scale skin” and usually appears for the first time in early adult life. Acquired ichthyosis may be associated with internal diseases or with the use of certain medications. There is no […]

Lipodystrophy

What is it? Lipodystrophy is a rare group of diseases characterised by the selective loss of fat in certain parts of the body. There are several types of lipodystrophy: congenital generalised lipodystrophy (CGL), familial partial lipodystrophy (FPL), acquired generalised lipodystrophy (AGL), acquired partial lipodystrophy (APL), localised lipodystrophy, and HIV-associated lipodystrophy. What causes it? Lipodystrophy can […]

Lichen nitidus

What is lichen nitidus? Lichen nitidus is an uncommon skin eruption presenting with multiple tiny bumps. It is more prevalent in children and young adults. What causes lichen nitidus? The cause of lichen nitidus is unknown. There has been no infectious trigger identified to date. Very rarely, lichen nitidus may be familial. What does lichen […]

Livedo reticularis

Livedo reticularis What is it? Livedo reticularis is a term referring to the appearance of a “net-like”, red-blue pattern on the skin. There are a number of different types of livedo reticularis: Cutis marmorata This term refers to the condition in infants and young children. It is usually a normal temporary response to the cold. […]

Laser resurfacing – fractional

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. Numerous further developments and refinements have occurred since. Fractional laser resurfacing devices deliver very narrow columns of heat into the skin […]

Lichen simplex chronicus

Lichen simplex chronicus Also known as neurodermatitis What is lichen simplex chronicus? Lichen simplex chronicus is characterised by thickening of the skin due to chronic rubbing or scratching. Exaggerated skin markings termed “lichenification” are common. Lichen simplex chronicus is more common in females. It is also associated with atopic disorders (asthma, eczema, hayfever). What causes […]