What’s Your Skin Concern?

At Online Skin we pride ourselves on providing customers with information on not only our products but also on Skin Concerns they are afflicted with so that they are better able to help not only themselves but others too.

Below is a list of many Skin Concerns, some of which we can provide homecare products for and others that necessitate having treatments at a Clinic.


  • Inflammatory disorder of the skin caused by contact, internally or externally, with an irritant. Due to a lot of itching, it can cause thickened pigmented skin.


  • Irritant Contact Dermatitis is when the skin becomes irritated by the action of a substance upon the skin, and this leads to skin inflammation. Skin reaction normally occurs within 48 hours of coming contact with the irritant. The skin becomes red, cracked or blistered. It can affect any part of the body, but mostly affects the hands.
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis is caused by intolerance of the skin to a particular substance. Reactions are usually more immediate and very similar to Irritant Contact Dermatitis, which makes it very difficult to diagnose.


  • Pink or red crusty lesions with a scaling surface Skin cells are normally made and replaced every 3-4 months, but in areas affected by Psoriasis this process can last 3-7 days. The resulting build up is what causes dry flaky patches of skin. It is known to be related to immune system problem, attacking healthy skin cells by mistake.


  • An inflammatory disease of the surface of the skin, usually appearing on exposed areas. Appears red and itchy, blisters appear which burst and form into crusts. Small filled ulcers can also occur if left untreated. This condition is infectious.


  • Inflammatory nodule affecting the hair follicles develops into a pustule. Commonly occurs in areas where there is hair, sweat and friction. Caused by bacteria that live harmlessly on the surface of the skin, however in boils the bacteria gets inside the skin and causes infection.


  • Disorder of the hair follicle. There are no comedones present and no apparent oiliness. The follicle may contain pus. Folliculitis usually occurs at the site where the follicle is damaged by friction or shaving. Excessive sweating due to over activity of the sweat glands can be another cause.


  • Inflammation of the mucous membrane that covers the eye and lines the eyelids. Eye becomes very red and sore and water and pus may come out leaving a sticky coating on the lashes. This condition is infectious.

Acne Vulgaris

  • Hormonal imbalance causing increased production of sebum. Sebum is retained within the sebaceous ducts, causing congestion and bacterial infection.


  • Excessive sebum secretion combined with a chronic inflammatory condition, caused by the dilation of blood capillaries.

Cold Sores

  • Also known as Herpes Simplex. This is a recurring condition that occurs when the immune system is low due to ill health or stress; also caused by exposure of skin to extreme temperatures or Ultra Violet light. They occur on localised areas followed by a crust which may crack and weep. They clear quickly. This condition is infectious.


  • Also known as Herpes Zoster. From the virus that causes Chicken Pox. The virus attacks the sensory nerve endings and is thought to lie dormant in the body and triggers when the body defences are low. It is a painful as blisters develop and form crusts. This condition is infectious.

Verruca or Warts

  • Small epidermal skin growth. Warts may be raised or flat. Usually they are hard and have a rough surface. This condition is infectious.


  • A fungal infection that can affect the skin, scalp & nails. It is highly infectious and causes a red ring-like rash.


  • Small white papules usually found on the cheek and eyelids, caused when keratinisation of the skin over a hair follicle occurs. Diet can be a contributing factor.


  • Hyper pigmented areas of the skin which are flat. Exposure to UV light stimulates melanin production darkening the freckles.


  • Brown, slightly pigmented patches of skin, slightly larger than freckles.

Liver Spots

  • Affects the back of the hands, forearms, upper chest, forehead and temples. Visually similar to freckles, they are caused by UV exposure.


  • White patches of skin which have lost pigment, well defined irregular de-pigmented areas. If it occurs in areas that there is hair, the hair will also lose pigment. The lack of melanin increases sensitivity to the sun. There is no real cure for Vitiligo and it can continue to spread over other areas.


  • The skin is unable to produce melanin pigment and the skin hair and eyes lack colour. The entire skin is affected. The skin is usually very pale and pink; the eyes are pink and very sensitive to light.


  • An area of skin in which blood capillaries have dilated due to injury or inflammation. The cause of the inflammation needs to be identified.

Dilated Capillaries

  • Small red visible blood capillaries. Normally occurs on areas where skin is neglected, dry or fine, such as the cheek area.

Spider Naevi

  • Enlarged little artery resembling the body of the spider from which smaller blood vessels are filled resembling spider legs.

Strawberry Mark

  • Red or purplish marks which appear on the skin at birth. Can be small or very large.

Port Wine Stain

  • Large flat patch of skin, red or purple skin with well defined border. The area has dilated capillaries.


  • Changes in the cells of the skin result in skin malformations. Not normally present at birth but normally occur in childhood, particularly at puberty. The can be flat raised, hairy or non-hairy. The can darken during pregnancy.

Maligant Melanoma

  • Bluish black mole which enlarges rapidly, darkening in colour and developing a halo of pigmentation around it. Usually these moles are of irregular shape and more than one colour. They can sometimes be itchy or bleed.

Hairy Naevi

  • Moles exhibiting coarse hairs from their surface.

Dermal Naevi

  • Localised collection of cells, about 1 cm wide. The appear smooth and dome shaped. Their colour ranges from skin tone to dark brown. Hairs can grow out of the mole.

Seborrheic or Senile Warts

  • These are pigmented benign tumour occurring in middle age. They are slightly raised brown or black rough patches of skin.

Skin Tags

  • Fibrous growth that hang off the skin or they can be flat. Usually found on the neck, under arms, groin or under the breast. They are caused by friction; some people are more prone to them. Skin tags are more likely to occur if there is a family history; they can also occur during pregnancy.


  • Occurs following skin injury and are overgrown abnormal scar tissue which spreads excess deposits of collagen. To avoid discolouration the keloid must be protected against UV exposure.