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Facts about the skin from DermNet New Zealand Trust. Topic index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

About DermNet NZ

The DermNet NZ presents authoritative facts about the skin for consumers and health professionals in New Zealand and throughout the world. It is written and reviewed by dermatologists, other health professionals and medical writers. Access to DermNet NZ is free via the internet.

Dr Amanda Oakley
Dr Amanda Oakley
Website Manager, and Chief Editor, DermNet NZ
28 December 2013

History of DermNet NZ

DermNet NZ was originally launched in March 1996 as the website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. The DermNet New Zealand Trust took over management of the website in October 2013.

DermNet New Zealand Trust

The DermNet New Zealand Trust is incorporated by New Zealand Companies Office, Certificate of Incorporation number 2591483. It is a registered Charity, Registration Number CC50036. The affairs of the DermNet New Zealand Trust are run by its Trustees.

Trustees of DermNet NZ Trust 2013-2017

Chairperson Dr Marius Rademaker
Secretary Dr Anthony Yung
Treasurer Dr Sandra Winhoven
Website Manager Dr Amanda Oakley

Editorial policy

DermNet NZ aims:

Despite the best of intentions, we may include content that is incorrect, out of date, or inappropriate for the individual concerned. Our information should not be used to replace consultation with a dermatologist or other experienced health provider.

For in-depth information about individual skin diseases, refer to Medscape Reference Dermatology Articles or one of the major conventional published references.


Images have been supplied by Assoc Prof Amanda Oakley, Waikato District Health Board, Dr Professor Raimo Suhonen (Finland), members of the NZDSI, or as otherwise noted.


DermNet NZ may access content from other organisations, when these are consistent with our editorial policy.

We include RSS skin care news feeds from eMaxHealth and Medical News Today.

Privacy policy

Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors, including their identity, is respected by DermNet NZ. DermNet NZ undertakes to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in New Zealand.

Disclaimer, copyright and use of images

Refer to DermNet NZ's Disclaimer and Copyright statements.

The images available for licensed use by external agencies are listed on our image catalogue.


DermNet NZ is funded by donations, advertising, non-directed sponsorship and image licensing.

Advertising policy

DermNet NZ accepts advertising providing it is relevant to dermatology, ethical, and DermNet NZ has approved its format and content. Non-directed sponsorship and donations are also welcomed.

Sponsors do not influence content. Advertising is clearly separated from the editorial content and identified as such. Acknowledgement of a sponsor or advertiser does not imply any endorsement or recommendation of that company’s products by the DermNet NZ or the DermNet New Zealand Trust.

Minimum investment is $6,000 +GST per annum. Contact our website manager, Dr Amanda Oakley for further information.

DermNet NZ traffic summary

The website has been hosted on MediaTemple.net servers since March 2004.

Month Total clients Total page views Daily average clients
Mar 96      
Mar 97 3,125   100
Mar 98 18,646   601
Mar 99 42,922   1,384
Mar 00 83,214   2,744
Mar 01 130,735 811,381 4,217
Mar 02 126,732 667,975 4,507
Mar 03 213,741 1,086,073 6,894
Mar 04 466,389 2,207,196 15,044
Mar 05 429,819 1,305,902 13,865
Mar 06 591,469 1,752,786 19,080
Mar 07 591,608 1,864,627 19,084
Jun 08 670,674 2,100,188 22,355
Mar 09 580,986 1,921,960 18,741
May 10 739,143 2,221,212 23,843
Mar 11 763,464 2,319,021 24,627
Mar 12 1,085,840 3,128,109 35,027
Mar 13 1,013,590 3,016,696 32,696
Mar 14 1,747,882 3,264,245 56,383

Our current visitors

DermNet NZ does not provide an online consultation service.
If you have any concerns with your skin or its treatment, see a dermatologist for advice.