Acne affects teens and adults of all ages. It happens when oil secreted by sebaceous glands clogs the hair follicle. Bacteria infect the clogged follicle and cause pimples.
- Acne Scar Removal
Detailed information on different methods for acne scar removal. These include dermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen injections, laser resurfacing, punch grafts, and autologous fat transfer.
- Anatomy of the Skin
The skin is the body's largest organ. It serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection.
- Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic skin disorder. It commonly affects infants and may last until adulthood. It causes itchy, scaly patches on the skin.
- Bacterial Skin Infections
Detailed information on the most common bacterial skin infections, including cellulitis, folliculitis, boils, carbuncles, and staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
Baldness, or hair loss, can be caused by many things including aging, hormones or illness. It's more common in men and can be treated with hair transplants or other procedures.
Bedsores can develop in a person who is bedridden or immobile. Pressure causes skin damage and breakdown. It can take days, weeks, or months to heal. It is important to prevent bedsores.
Detailed information on birthmarks and the different types, including vascular birthmarks, hemangiomas, and port-wine stains.
Blisters are bubbles on the skin that are filled with bloody or clear fluid. Blisters are common injuries and often heal on their own.
- Calluses and Corns
Detailed information on calluses and corns
Cellulitis is a serious deep infection of the skin caused by bacteria. It usually occurs in an area that has already had an injury or skin break.
- Chemical Peel
Detailed information on chemical peels, including potential complications and what substances are used for chemical peels.
- Cold Sores
Cold sores are small blisters around the mouth, caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are sometimes called fever blisters. The most common strain of the virus causing cold sores is herpes simplex virus 1. It can be spread by kissing or sharing eating utensils or even sharing towels.
- Common Bacterial Skin Infections
This chart shows some common bacterial infections of the skin and their treatment.
- Common Dermatological Procedures
Detailed information on common dermatological procedures, including acne scar removal, chemical peels, dermabrasion, dermaplaning, and laser skin surgery
- Common Skin Disorders
Detailed information on common skin disorders, including acne, bed sore, dry skin, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, psoriasis, pityriasis rosea, rosacea, and sebaceous cysts
- Contact Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is a reaction that happens after your skin comes in contact with certain substances. Skin irritants cause most contact dermatitis reactions. Other cases are caused by allergens, which trigger an allergic response.
Detailed information on dermatitis, including the different types of dermatitis such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, generalized exfoliative dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, localized scratch dermatitis, numm
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is an intensely itchy skin disease. It causes clusters of small blisters and bumps.
- Describing a Skin Condition
Here are some common terms that may help you describe your skin condition to your healthcare provider.
- Drug Rashes
Detailed information on different types of drug rashes, including acne, exfoliative dermatitis, fixed drug eruption, hives, and more.
- Dry Skin
Dry skin is a very common skin condition. It can make your skin feel irritated and itchy. Dry skin often worsens in the winter when the air is cold and dry. Bathing often also makes it worse. With no treatment, dry skin may become flaky or scaly.
- Erythema Multiforme
Detailed information on erythema multiforme, including symptoms and treatment
- Erythema Nodosum
Detailed information on erythema nodosum, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Excessive Hairiness (Hirsutism)
Detailed information on excessive hairiness, including causes, diagnosis, and treatment
- Excessive Sweating
Detailed information on excessive sweating, including symptoms and treatment
- Folliculitis, Boils, and Carbuncles
Detailed information on folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles
- Fungal Infections of the Skin
Detailed information on fungal infections of the skin, including candidiasis (yeast infection), tinea infection (ringworm), and tinea versicolor
- Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis
Detailed information on generalized exfoliative dermatitis, including symptoms, causes, and treatment
- Glossary - Dermatology
Glossary of terms relating to dermatology and common skin conditions for patients and consumers
- Granuloma Annulare
Detailed information on granuloma annulare, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Hair Problems
Detailed information on hair problems, including baldness (alopecia), excessive hairiness (hirsutism), and ingrown hairs
- Head Lice in Children
Head lice are tiny parasitic bugs that can infest the skin. They live on people’s heads and feed on their blood. Head lice can cause intense itching.
- Home Page - Dermatology
Detailed information on dermatology and common skin conditions
- Hookworm Infection: Creeping Eruption
Creeping eruption is a skin infection caused by hookworms. The infection is also called cutaneous larva migrans or sandworm disease. Creeping eruption causes severe itching, blisters, and a red growing, winding rash. The rash can grow up to 1 to 2 centimeters per day.
- How Wounds Heal
Wound healing sounds simple, but it's actually quite complicated and involves a long series of chemical signals. Certain factors can slow or prevent healing entirely.
- Ingrown Hairs
Detailed information on ingrown hairs, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Keratosis Pilaris
Detailed information on keratosis pilaris, including treatment
- Laser Surgery for Lesions and Skin Conditions
Detailed information on laser surgery for skin conditions.
- Laser Surgery Overview
Detailed information on laser surgery and what types of surgeries may be performed with lasers
- Molluscum Contagiosum
Detailed information on molluscum contagiosum, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Online Resources - Dermatology
List of online resources to find additional information on dermatology and common skin conditions
- Other Benign Skin Growths
Detailed information on benign skin growths. These include dermatofibromas, dermoid cysts, freckles, keloids, keratoacanthomas, lipomas, and moles.
- Other Dermatitis Conditions
A detailed look at other common types of dermatitis, including description, symptoms, and treatment.
- Parasitic Infections of the Skin
Detailed information on the most common parasitic infections of the skin, including creeping eruption, lice, and scabies
- Pityriasis Rosea
Detailed information on pityriasis rosea, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Poison Ivy
Detailed information on poison ivy, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
- Pressure Injuries
Pressure injuries, also called bedsores or pressure sores, can develop when you are confined to a bed or chair.
- Prickly Heat
Detailed information on prickly heat, including symptoms and treatment.
Detailed information on psoriasis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Detailed information on the most common types of rosacea, including prerosacea, vascular rosacea, inflammatory rosacea, and rhinophyma
Detailed information on scabies, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Detailed information on the different types of scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and adhesions.
- Sebaceous Cysts
Detailed information on sebaceous cysts, including treatment.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
Detailed information on seborrheic dermatitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common infection of the nerves that is caused by a virus. It causes a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin.
- Skin Cancer
Detailed information on skin cancer, including causes, risk factors, prevention, types, and how to perform a skin self-examination
- Skin Growths and Pigmentation Disorders
Detailed information on skin growth and skin pigment disorders
- Skin Infections
Detailed information on different types of skin infections, including bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic skin infections
- Skin Inflammation (Rashes)
Detailed information on the most common skin inflammations (rashes), including atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, generalized exfoliative dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, localized scratch dermatitis, nummular derm
- Skin Injury
Detailed information on different types of skin injury, including blisters, burns, and sunburn
- Skin Pigment Disorders
Detailed information on the most common types of skin pigment disorders, including albinism, melasma, vitiligo, and skin pigment loss following sun damage.
- Skin Sweating Disorders
Detailed information on the most common skin sweating disorders, including prickly heat and excessive sweating
- Skin Tests
Detailed information on the most common types of skin tests, including patch testing, skin biopsy, and skin culture.
- Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS) in Children
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is a serious skin infection. The infection causes peeling skin over large parts of the body. It looks like the skin has been scalded or burned by hot liquid. It’s more common in the summer and fall.
Detailed information on sunburn, including symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
- Surgical Site Infections
Your skin is a natural barrier against infection, so any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to an infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place.
- Tinea Infections (Ringworm)
Detailed information on the most common types of ringworm, including diagnosis and treatment
- Tinea Versicolor
Detailed information on tinea versicolor, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Topic Index - Dermatology
Detailed information on dermatology and common skin conditions
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Detailed information on toxic epidermal necrolysis, including symptoms and treatment
- Treating Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin
Detailed information on treating aged or sun-damaged skin.
- Treatment for Skin Cancer
Detailed information on the most common treatments for skin cancer, including surgery, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, electrochemotherapy, biological therapy, and photodynamic therapy
- Venous Ulcers
Ulcers are open skin sores. Venous ulcers are leg ulcers caused by problems with blood flow in your leg veins.
- Viral Infections of the Skin
Detailed information on the most common viral infections of the skin, including cold sores, molluscum contagiosum, shingles (herpes zoster), and warts
Detailed information on the most common types of warts, including foot warts, flat warts, genital warts, and filiform warts
- Yeast Infection
Yeast is a fungus normally found inside your body and on your skin. When too much yeast grows, it can cause infection. Antifungal creams or oral medicines are used to treat it.