Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules). Read more

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia is a general term for hair loss. Alopecia areata is a common cause of non-scarring hair loss that can occur at any age. Read more

Basal Cell Carcinoma

A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer. BCC is the most common type of all skin cancer in the UK. Read more

Bowen's Disease

Squamous cell carcinoma in situ, often called Bowen’s disease, is a growth of cancerous cells that is confined to the outer layer of the skin. Read more

Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria

Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP), also called Günther’s disease after the doctor who first described it, is the rarest of the porphyrias. Read more

Contact Dermatitis

Dermatitis describes a type of inflammation of the skin. Contact dermatitis describes inflammation that is caused by direct skin contact with something in your environment. Read more

Darier's disease

A rare inherited skin condition characterised by a change in the way skin cells (keratinocytes) stick together within the upper layer of the skin (epidermis). Read more

Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis

DSAP is a skin condition manifested by multiple, dry, scaly rings that are found mainly on the forearms and legs. It is due to excessive sun exposure causing thickening of the skin. Read more

Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is a rare inherited skin disorder. The skin of those who have DEB is more fragile than normal. Minor injury causes blisters which often leave scars when they heal. Read more


Atopic eczema is a very common skin condition due to skin inflammation. It may start at any age but the onset is often in childhood. Read more

Epidermolysis bullosa simplex

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) simplex is a rare inherited disorder in which the skin is fragile and blisters at sites of rubbing. Read more

Extra-mammary Paget’s Disease

Extra-mammary Paget’s disease (EMPD) is a rare, slow-growing disease that is usually due to a pre-invasive type of skin cancer. Read more

Erythropoietic Protoporphyria & X-Linked Dominant Protoporphyria

The porphyrias are a group of uncommon diseases caused by something going wrong with the production of chemicals known as porphyrins. Read more

Fungal infections of the nails

Fungal infections of the nails are also known as dermatophytic onychomycosis, or tinea unguium. Read more

Hailey-Hailey Disease

Hailey-Hailey disease is also known as familial benign chronic pemphigus, as originally described by the Hailey brothers. Read more

Herpes simplex

Herpes simplex is an infection of the skin with the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes virus, called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. Read more

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a long term, recurrent, and painful disease in which there is inflammation (redness, tenderness and swelling) in areas of skin containing apocrine sweat glands. Read more


Hirsutism refers to excessive growth of dark, thick and coarse hair in an individual (usually female) in a male pattern. Read more


Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. It can be localised or affect the whole body. Read more


Ichthyosis is the term used to describe continual and widespread scaling of the skin. It may be inherited (genetic) or acquired during life. Read more


Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the surface of the skin. In the UK, it is the most common skin infection seen in young children, but may be seen in people of any age. Read more


When a wound heals, it leaves a scar. A keloid (also called a keloid scar) is the name given to a scar that overgrows and becomes larger than the original wound. Read more

Keratosis pilaris

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common and may be present in half the population. It is a completely harmless skin condition. It affects 50-70% of adolescents and approximately 40% of adults. Read more

Lichen planus

Lichen planus is a fairly common, itchy, non-infectious rash that usually occurs in adults over the age of 40. Read more