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Most skin diseases occur in people of all nationalities, regardless of their skin color. Certain problems encountered in the skin are more common in people with different hues of skin, and sometimes a disorder seems more prominent because it affects skin color.

Variations in skin color

Skin color is determined by cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are specialized cells within the skin that produce a pigment known as melanin. Melanin is produced and stored within special structures, known as melanosomes, contained in the melanocytes. The melanocytes make up only a small percentage of overall skin cells. In fact, only two to three percent of all skin cells are melanocytes. The variation in skin color we see across all people is determined by the type and amount of melanin produced by the melanocytes.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation

Melanocytes are very sensitive cells and can either stop producing color or produce excessive color in cases of inflammation. With the appropriate treatment, the color almost always returns to normal within a few weeks. In older patients, inflammation can lead to postinflammatory hyper-pigmentation. This is most commonly seen in areas where acne blemishes heal, leaving a dark spot behind. These too will fade with time; however, it can be quite persistent. Below are the most common skin conditions treated at University Dermatology!

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Common Skin Conditions Treated at University Dermatology



All types of acne — blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts — develop when pores in our skin become clogged. There are many factors which can cause this to occur.

Atypical Nevus

Atypical Nevus

A atypical nevus is an abnormal mole; a mole whose appearance is different from that of common moles. They are generally irregularly shapen and not uniform in color.


Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent or recurring skin rashes.

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Actinic Keratoses

Actinic keratoses (also called solar keratoses, or AK’s) are premalignant lesions.  They usually appear as thickened, scaly, or rough patches of skin in sun exposed areas.

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Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oil prone areas such as the scalp, face, or surrounding the ear.

Lichen Planus – Condition

Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus is a chronic recurrent rash that is due to inflammation. The rash is characterized by small, flat-topped, many-sided (polygonal) bumps that can grow together into larger plaques on the skin.  It can also affect the scalp, mouth, and nails.

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are noncancerous (benign) skin growths that some people develop as they age. They often appear on the back or chest, but can occur on any part of the body.

Shingles – Skin Conditions

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Herpes zoster, colloquially known as shingles, is a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the initial infection of which leads to chickenpox, years before shingles develops).  It manifests as a linear crop of painful blisters.



Rosacea is a common but often misunderstood condition that is estimated to affect over 45 million people worldwide. It affects fair-skinned people of mostly north-western European descent.


Hand Eczema

Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin.  Although eczema is the term used to describe a range of skin eruptions, hand eczema is characterized by a red, scaly, itchy, and sometimes cracked or painful rash.

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Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. Scalp and nail involvement is also common.

Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Xeroderma literally means “dry skin”. It is a condition involving the integumentary system, which in most cases can safely be treated with moisturizers and avoidance techniques.



An itch (Latin: pruritus) is a common symptom associated with many skin conditions. There can be many underlying causes which need to be evaluated.


Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin…


Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a skin disease marked by pink oval patches with some  fine scaling.  Although its exact cause is unknown, it is thought that this non-contagious eruption is typically produced by a viral infection.


Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis, is a condition characterized by inflammatory bumps and pustules surrounding the mouth and sometimes nose and eyes.


Nail Fungus

This condition may affect toe or fingernails, but toenail infections are particularly common. The prevalence of onychomycosis is reported to be about 6-8% in the adult population, but is likely much higher.

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Melasma (also known as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy) is a tan or dark facial skin discoloration, typically on the cheeks, upper lip or forehead.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection of the skin. This pox virus can spread rapidly and should be treated to avoid diffuse involvement or infection of others.

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A mole, or melanocytic nevus, is a small tan to dark spot on the skin. It can be relatively superficial or can involve deeper portions of the skin. It is composed of melanocytes or pigment cells.


Genital Warts

Genital warts are a contagious sexually transmitted infection. They are caused by  sub-types of the human papillomavirus (HPV).  Genital warts are spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected partner.

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a malignant growth on the skin, which can have many causes, including repeated severe sunburn or long-term exposure to the sun. Skin cancer may be symptomatic, but often it is not.


Urticaria - Hives

Urticaria or hives is a relatively common form of allergic reaction that causes raised red skin welts. The underlying causes are many and varied, and deserve investigation.



Vitiligo or leukoderm is a chronic skin condition that causes loss of pigment, resulting in irregular pale patches of skin. The precise cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood, but likely autoimmune in nature.

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Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor, or pityriasis versicolor, is a common skin infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur.  It can be easily treated, but frequently recurs during the spring and summer months.



Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can range from only involving the skin to a potentially very debilitating systemic condition. The immune system attacks the body’s own organs, causing permanent damage.