Are you affected by skin disease?

The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Charity supports The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF), a national charity with a mission to support people with skin conditions. The ISF operates a Helpline, provide up-to-date specialist guidance, runs events, awareness campaigns and engages in advocacy for people with skin conditions.


The ISF provides a comprehensive range of information and resources for people with skin conditions.


Do you have questions about your skin?  Ask a dermatology clinical nurse specialist directly via the ISF website or helpline.


Learn to Protect & Inspect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Patient Centred


“Apart from considering funding dermatology research and training, it is proposed to explore the possibility of setting up a national dermatology support organisation… to inform, support, fund-raise and advocate on behalf of dermatology patients”

-The City of Dublin Skin and Hospital Cancer Charity, 2007 AGM

The concept of a Skin Foundation that would seek to involve the public in supporting the management of skin disease was proposed by the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Charity in 2007.

Extensive negotiations took place with the Irish Association of Dermatologists, the Irish Dermatology Nurses Association, the Eczema Society, the Psoriasis Association of Ireland and the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity. A Constitution, incorporating the objectives of the voluntary bodies and providing for their representation was drawn up and incorporated in the Irish Skin Foundation with the following objectives:

  • A

    To undertake, promote, protect and encourage all programmes or projects supporting those suffering from diseases of the skin and their carers, the promotion of awareness of diseases of the skin and their treatments, including the training of healthcare staff in the provision of therapies and treatments.

  • B

    To promote, endow, support and advance on a national and international level, medical and scientific research, especially in the area of community research, into diseases of the skin and their treatments and all aspects of the development and improvement of therapies and treatments of such diseases, by creating fellowships, establishing scholarships, by making grants and other benefactions and providing equipment and other facilities for research and training in dermatology in established dermatological centres.

  • C

    To advocate at government and all other appropriate levels on behalf of patients suffering from diseases of the skin for greater support for and improvements in, their care.

  • D

    To promote health education in subjects relating to the skin and the rehabilitation and relief of those who suffer from diseases of the skin.

  • E

    To act as a representative body in dermatological matters in relation to other bodies concerned with raising and distributing money for similar or allied purposes in Ireland or elsewhere.