Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect your skin, joints and other internal organs in the body. Autoimmune disorders occur when the body’s immune system is dysregulated and attacks normal healthy tissue instead. Did you know that there is a systemic form of lupus...

Melanocytic nevi, or commonly known as moles, are usually benign in children and nothing of concern. New moles may appear during childhood and into early adulthood. It is normal for moles to darken or lighten over time. Some might fade away completely.   As your child grows, moles get...

Currently in South Africa, it is mandatory to wear face masks in public.   As a result, all sorts of masks are available at thousands of outlets.  We see cotton cloth masks, surgical masks, designer masks made from specialised materials and even buffs acting as masks.   But although wearing a face mask has been...

Melasma is a common pigmentary disorder that leads to irregular brown patches on the face. The cheeks, central face and jaw may be affected. The brown discolouration is caused by an increased amount of melanin pigment in the skin. Women who have melasma are usually very...

Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. It is typically divided into melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer encompasses basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and is by far the most common cancer in South Africa. Although melanoma is...

It is well known that COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 virus) causes symptoms such as fever, sore throat, dry cough and shortness of breath. Not much has been reported with regards to if, and how, COVID-19 affects the skin except for a few sparse case reports in the...

5 May is dedicated to World Hand Hygiene Day. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone much more aware of the importance of hand hygiene, we want to focus a bit on how hand hygiene ties into dermatology and skin care in general.   Hand hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of infections. Many viral, bacterial and other types of infectious diseases are invisible...

With April being Rosacea Awareness Month, we are shedding some more light on this often overlooked, but common, skin disorder. It is a condition that causes significant embarrassment and distressing symptoms to those that have it. Rosacea is a chronic disorder that primarily affects the face....

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the globe. Unfortunately, this causes many people to experience psychological stress on an unprecedented scale. We have been forced into a lockdown situation where we may not leave our houses – not only for our own health and safety, but more importantly to prevent passing on the virus to those with compromised immune systems...