Acne Definition Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition resulting in pustular skin eruptions (pimples) which occur most commonly on the face, neck, shoulders and upper back.   Description Acne is caused by a blockage at the opening of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands in the skin. These glands normally produce an… Read Article

Acne – Development

Acne – Development Definition Acne is a skin condition seen as blackheads, whiteheads, pustules and inflamed and infected nodules found on the face, neck, chest and back.   Description Acne is caused by a blockage to the opening of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands in the skin. These glands normally produce… Read Article


Corns DEFINITION A corn is a horny mass of thickened, hardened skin with a conical shape. They are caused by hard, dense skin on the feet. Corns are also sometimes found on the hands. DESCRIPTION Corns are layers of hard, dense skin that builds up from a number of causes… Read Article

Dry skin

Dry skin DEFINITION Dry skin occurs when the outermost layer of the skin is lacking moisture or sebum. There are two types of dry skin: simple dry skin and complex dry skin. Simple dry skin mostly affects men and women under the age of 35. It can result from a… Read Article

Eczema & Dermatitis

ECZEMA & DERMATITIS The meaning of the words “eczema” and “dermatitis” can often cause some confusion. Dermatitis is simply defined as inflammation of the skin, and generally involves a red, itchy skin rash. Eczema is just one type of dermatitis. Dermatitis may be an acute skin reaction that lasts for a… Read Article


Melanoma DEFINITION Moles are flat or elevated, flesh coloured to dark-brown markings located randomly over the entire skin surface. Moles can become malignant (melanoma) requiring removal. DESCRIPTION Moles are a clump of cells with different pigment (colour) than the surrounding skin. The surface of moles varies from smooth to pebbly… Read Article


Rosacea DEFINITION Acne rosacea, also known as Rosacea, is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition where the nose, cheeks and/or forehead give the appearance of a permanent flush as small surface blood vessels (capillaries) of the skin enlarge. DESCRIPTION Symptoms of Rosacea may first appear in a person’s 20s, but usually… Read Article

Stretch marks

Stretch marks DEFINITION Stretch Marks appear as red, purple or white strips on the skin which emerge when part of the body expands or reduces in size more quickly than the skin which covers it e.g., during pregnancy. DESCRIPTION Stretch Marks occur when connective tissue under the skin ruptures as… Read Article


Be Sun Smart It’s summertime in Australia and that means BBQ’s, cricket and days at the beach. If you are not careful it can also mean sunburn. Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. More than 430,000 Australians are treated a year for… Read Article