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Frequently asked questions

What is DermNet?


DermNet New Zealand ("DermNet") is a world renowned online resource all about the skin. This website ( 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.

Who is behind DermNet?


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, 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.

What is the mission of DermNet?


Our mission is to make authoritative information about the skin accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

What is a dermatologist?


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.

I see DermNet is a non-profit. Can I donate?


We welcome private donations and corporate sponsorships. For information on sponsorship visit our sponsors page. To donate go here.

Where does DermNet get its funding?


We survive on donations from our readers and corporate sponsorship. We also receive funding from the sale of clinical imagesAmazon Affiliate fees and advertisements through the Google Adsense network.

Can I use your images for free?


You are free to share, copy and redistribute any of our watermarked images for slide presentations, student projects, textbooks, journals, brochures, blogs, intranet and internet pages or any other medium — under the terms of our image license. You are also welcome to use our watermarked images for your lectures and blogs, so long as you comply with the licensing requirements of Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 (New Zealand) for our content and images (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ). Make sure to give appropriate credit to ‘DermNet New Zealand’ or ‘’. For more information, see our image license.

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'. 

Can I buy an image?


We can supply high resolution un-watermarked images for a fee. For details, refer to our image licence where you can download our image application form which shows prices, here’s a link to the application form for convenience.

Can I resell the images I’ve purchased from you?


No, you are not allowed to resell or transfer the license rights for any image.

Can I submit a photo for a specific page?


We’d love to hear from you. If you have an image for a specific page, please visit our submit a photo page. If you have a collection of 1,000+ clinical images of dermatological conditions, and are interested in joining our team of contributing clinicians, contact us.

How can I volunteer?


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, please complete our online contact form.

Can you help with my skin problem?


DermNet does not give medical advice to individuals. We suggest you see a local dermatologist.

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