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DermNet New Zealand ("DermNet") is a world renowned online resource all about the skin. This website (dermnetnz.org) was started in 1996 and is owned by the DermNet New Zealand Trust. The DermNet New Zealand Trust is incorporated by registered charity, Registration Number CC50036, and maintained by its Trustees. To read learn about DermNet NZ, visit our about page.
Supported by the New Zealand Dermatological Society, DermNet New Zealand was launched in 1996 by Dr Amanda Oakley and a small team of New Zealand dermatologists.
Dr Oakley saw what was coming, and long before Google or Wikipedia, Dermnet.org.nz was dedicated to clinical information about skin conditions and their treatment — a free and reliable online library of information for medical practitioners, students and researchers.
Dr Oakley was honoured in June 2018 by being appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services and contribution to Dermatology. She was also awarded the Google Technology Service in the Charitable Sector's Lifetime Service Award at the New Zealand Charities Technology Awards in March 2017, and was a finalist in two categories the New Zealand Woman of Influence awards in June, 2017.
For more information and a list of all awards visit about us.
Our mission is to make authoritative information about the skin accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.
A dermatologist is the medical expert you should consult if you have any significant problem with your skin. Dermatology is the science that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails. For more information about what is dermatologist visit this page.
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If you wish to use an image for commercial purposes, or to obtain an unwatermarked copy, please submit a request by clicking the image you wish, select 'reusing this image', then, 'contact the owner'.
No, you are not allowed to resell or transfer the license rights for any image.
We’re a small but passionate team, based in New Zealand. Our contributors are from all around the world – doctors, health professionals and medical writers. For more information on how you can contribute to the library, visit our volunteers page. If you would like to write for us, read Guidelines for Authors.
DermNet does not give medical advice to individuals. We suggest you see a local dermatologist.
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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.