Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Skin conditions

Acne

Acne

Acne consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin and there are many myths around its causes. This article details the facts and how to treat acne.

Baby having a nappy changed.

Baby rash

Nappy rash and cradle cap are common in babies. They are usually easily treated and won’t cause long-term problems – here are some self-care tips.

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin and the tissues directly beneath it. It often affects the lower leg, but can occur on any part of the body.

Cold sore on the outside of a mouth.

Cold sores

Cold sores are blister-like spots that appear in or around the mouth. Find out about prevention, common triggers, treatment and self-care options.

Woman scratching her wrist.

Contact dermatitis

Inflammation of the skin is commonly termed eczema or dermatitis. It can be effectively managed with treatment – find out how.

Erythema nodosum shows as a lumpy red rash, usually on the lower legs.

Erythema nodosum

Erythema nodosum is a skin condition consisting of a lumpy, red rash, usually on the lower legs. While harmless, it can be painful. Learn more here.

Hives on man's arm.

Hives

Hives is a skin rash that is often triggered by an infection or allergy. Learn to recognise symptoms.

Heat rash is usually harmless, but can be itchy.

Heat rash

Heat rash is harmless but very itchy, with small red spots in places where sweat collects. Find out more about this condition and how to treat it.

Girl scratching her arm.

Itchy skin

Itchy skin is a common irritation that can be very frustrating. Understand the different types of itchy skin and how to ease the discomfort.

People suffering from keratosis pilaris should wash their hands using a mild soap and warm water.

Keratosis pilaris

Keratosis pilaris consists of small, rough, white or reddish bumps or patches on the skin. Read about the causes, symptoms and treatment here.

Mole on woman's back.

Moles

Moles are small marks that appear on your skin - but they need to be watched. Here’s how to check for them, what to look for and when to see a doctor.

The molluscum contagiosum virus can be spread through pool water.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by a virus. Learn more about its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Pityriasis rosea may cause itching

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a pink, scaly and inflamed skin rash. Cool baths can help soothe the skin; sunlight can help fade the rash. Learn more here.

Mild psoriasis can be helped with moisturisers and other creams.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that can also affect the joints. While psoriasis can’t be fully cured, there are several self-care options.

Rosacea is a common skin condition.

Rosacea

Rosacea causes redness, flushing, and sometimes pimples and pustules, on the face. Find out about the condition's symptoms and treatments here.

Scabies.

Scabies

Scabies is caused by a tiny bug that burrows under the skin, causing intense itching and sometimes a rash. Here’s how to prevent spreading it.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis can lead to dandruff

Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis can occur on the scalp, face or torso or in areas that produce an oily substance known as sebum. Learn more about it here.

Shingles

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Find out how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments are available.

Tinea fungus on feet.

Tinea

Tinea is a common, mostly mild skin condition caused by a fungal infection. This page describes the different types and how to prevent and treat it.

Wart removal treatment.

Warts and verrucas

Warts are small, harmless lumps of skin caused by the human papilloma virus. Learn here about treatments and how to avoid spreading warts.

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Skin biopsy to diagnose skin cancer

Skin biopsy is a common medical procedure in which a small section of skin is removed to test for melanoma, skin cancer or another skin condition.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Benign Skin Lesions - Skin Cancer Clinic

Benign Lesions Commonly found at a routine Skin Check. Benign Lesions may cause concern because of the possibility of skin cancer, the lesion getting in ...

Read more on Skin Check website

Skin Rashes | myVMC

A rash is defined as a change in the skin's appearance, which may involve alternations in texture (eg rough or smooth) and/or its colour. The skin may also become itchy, warmer, dry, cracked, blistered, lumpy or painful.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Skin Cancers - Skin Cancer Clinic

The Common Skin Cancers in The Skin Cancer Clinic. Skin Cancers are common in Australia: BCC, SCC & Melanoma account for most skin cancers. Solar Keratosis...

Read more on Skin Check website

Kids' Health - Topics - Eczema - a problem with skin

Try to avoid scratching as much as possible, as you could scrape off the top layers of your skin and let germs get in.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Skin

Find health conditions articles related to skin.

Read more on WA Health website

Mole (Nevus) - South East Skin Clinic

Moles (Nevi) are ubiquitous - many people have lots of them & hunting for melanoma is the key.

Read more on Skin Check website

Atypical Mole - South East Skin Clinic

Atypical Mole (Atypical nevus) may be part of the Atypical Mole Syndrome with an increased risk of melanoma.

Read more on Skin Check website

Unna Nevus - South East Skin Clinic

The terminology can be confusing! The Unna nevus is a type of dermal nevus that occurs below the neck whereas the Miescher nevus occurs on the face

Read more on Skin Check website

Blue Nevus - South East Skin Clinic

Blue Nevus is a type of very dark mole (nevus) that may look similar to a melanoma.

Read more on Skin Check website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo