A – Z of Skin

Information for Skin, Hair and Nail Conditions


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.

Or browse the catalogue

  • Raynaud phenomenon

    Raynaud phenomenon is an intermittent constriction of the blood flow to the fingers and toes precipitated by cold, emotion and some drugs that cause spasm of the small arteries bringing blood to the fingers and toes.

  • Razor bumps

    Razor Bumps also known as Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a chronic inflammation of hair-bearing areas of the skin caused by ingrown hairs that develop after shaving or plucking

  • Rebound sweating

    Rebound sweating also known as compensatory hyperhidrosis, is a common post-surgical complication of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS surgery).

  • Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS)

    Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) also known as Aphthous ulcers, are a common problem with a higher prevalence in high socio-economic areas.

  • Recurrent jaundice or recurrent cholestasis of pregnancy

    Recurrent jaundice or recurrent cholestasis of pregnancy also known as Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, is a rare liver condition which causes an itchy skin. There is no rash but the skin may show scratch marks (excoriations) or become yellow (jaundiced).