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07-06-2008, 12:37 PM
So some might have difficulties finding the Abbreviations Commonly used in Skin Care.I'll List those Abbreviations which are used in skincare that may include treatments medications Abbreviations or any other used in the filed of dermatology and skin care..

If you have any that are not listed here please do suggest those.

ABH = alpha/beta hydroxy
AHA = alpha hydroxy acid
AK= actinic keratosis
ALA – alpha lipoic acid
BCC= basal cell carcinoma
BCIE= bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma
BHA = beta hydroxy acid
bp= bullous pemphigoid
BPO= benzoyl peroxide
Bx= biopsy
C&E= curettage and electrodesiccation
CoQ10=Coenzyme Q10
CTCL= cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

D/DX= differential diagnosis
DH= dermatitis herpetiformis
Diclox= Dicloxacillin
DIF.= Direct immuno-fluorescence
DF= Dermatofibroma
DLE= discoid lupus erythematosus
DZ= disease
DSO= distal subungual onychomycosis
EAC= erythema annulari centrifugum
EB= epidermolysis bullosa
EBA= epidermolysis bullosa aquisita
EDS= Ehlers Danlos syndrome
EGF = epidermal growth factor
EM= erythema multiform
EN= erythema nodosum
EPP= erythropoietic protoporphyria
Erythro= Erythromycin

GA= granuloma annular
HG= herpes gestationis
HSV= herpes simplex virus
HZ= herpes zoster
ich.vul.= ichthyosis vulgaris
IDIF= Indirect Immuno-fluorescence
IF= immunofluorescence
IL= intralesional

KA= keratoacanthoma
KOH =potassium hydroxide prep
LEIO= lamellar ichthyosis
LN2= liquid nitrogen
LP= lichen planus
LPP= Lichen Planopilaris
LS&A= lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
LSC= lichen simplex chronicus
lues= syphilis

MAP = magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
MF= mycosis fungoides
NLD= necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum

P= plan
Path= Pathology
PCT= porphyria cutanea tarda
PLC= pityriasis lichenoides chronicus
PLEVA= pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta
PMLE= polymorphous light eruption
PR= pityriasis rosea
PRP= pityriasis rubra pilaris
PUPPP = pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy
PUVA = psoralen and ultraviolet light (320-400 nm)
PV = pemphigus vulgaris
RXLI = recessive X-linked ichtyosis

SA = salicylic acid
SCC = squamous cell carcinoma
Seb derm = seborrheic dermatitis
SK = seborrheic keratitis
SLS = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
SOD = superoxide dismutase
TCN = tetracycline
TV = tinea versicolor
UVA = ultraviolet light (320-400 nm)
UVB = ultraviolet light (280-320 nm)
VC or vitC = vitamin C