Perimenopausal Skin

Perimenopause means “around menopause” and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Perimenopause and menopause can lead to skin changes. The Australasian College of Dermatologists has developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about perimenopausal skin to address some of the questions about […]

Papular Urticaria

What is it? Also known as…Insect bite-induced hypersensitivity What is 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. Despite its name, papular urticaria is not a true urticaria (a true urticaria has temporary wheeling or […]

Pemphigoid Gestationis (PG)

What is it? Also known as… Herpes Gestationis What is Pemphigoid Gestationis? Pemphigoid gestationis (PG) is a relatively rare pregnancy dermatosis characterised by blisters. The condition develops in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy and may worsen around the time of delivery after which it gradually resolves. Closer monitoring of the pregnancy is often recommended. What causes […]


What is it? Also known as … Dyshidrotic Eczema or Vesicular Eczema of Palms and Soles What is Pompholyx? Pompholyx is an often recurrent and frequently extremely itchy disorder characterised by tiny blisters and bumps on the sides of fingers, toes, palms and soles. What causes it? The cause of pompholyx is unknown. Pompholyx is […]

Primary Cutaneous B-Cell Lymphoma

What is it? Also known as … Cutaneous B-cell Lymphoma What is Primary Ctaneous B-cell Lymphoma (PCBCL)? Tumours of the lymph nodes and lymphatic system are called “lymphomas”. B-cell lymphomas are caused by an excess of B-cell lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (PCBCL) are a group of B-cell lymphomas […]

Palmoplantar Pustulosis (PPP)

What is it? Also known as … Chronic Palmoplantar Pustular Psoriasis, Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris, persistent palmoplantar pustulosisWhat is palmoplantar pustulosis? Palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) is a chronic pustular condition affecting the palms of the hands and/or soles of the feet. It may occur with psoriasis or without any other skin disease. What causes it? The cause of PPP […]

Port-wine Stain

What is it? Also known as … Capillary Malformation in modern terminology, as well as Nevus Flammeus A port-wine stain is a pink to red flat patch on the skin which has well-defined edges.  It is a true birthmark present in 3 to 5 per 1000 newborn babies. It is permanent and its area will […]

Pigmented Purpuric Dermatosis

What is it? Also known as … Capillaritis Pigmented Purpuric Dermatosis is an uncommon condition that affects all races and ages. It usually manifests as small or large patches of cayenne pepper coloured spots and pigmentation. The skin rash is usually found on the lower limbs but may also involve the trunk. Photo used with […]

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

What is it? Also known as…Razor Bumps, Shave Bumps, Barber’s Itch, Folliculitis Barbae Traumatica What is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae? Pseudofolliculitis Barbae is a chronic inflammation of hair-bearing areas of the skin caused by ingrown hairs that develop after shaving or plucking. This condition is more often seen in individuals with curly hair on the beard area […]