harlequin ichthyosis

Harlequin Ichthyosis.

A genetic defect characterised by excessive skin growth. Those cracks there are caused by the dry skin flaking off. It’s like those dry skin on your heels but this way worse. Harlequin can be identified within the womb via amniotic fluid testing (‘cause the skin cells flake off and are deposited in the amniotic fluid). Previously, it is considered fatal. However, current technology ensures a decent survival rate. Take care with the moisturiser.

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Derpnees the half Rabbit, Half cat Dog.


So I have a thing for Bootlegs and Beerus is my favorite dbz character so my gf got me this.
It’s such a beauty that I believe he should be his own character.
Meet Derpnees , He’s Beerus half brother. Half cat half rabbit God. He’s…“special” he might not seem that smart but that’s because he’s not. He suffers from a form of harlequin ichthyosis. He relies on his brother for daily care.

Beerus owned by Akira Toriyama. Derpness © ME ORIGINAIL CHARACTER DONUT STEE

Harlequin Ichthyosis

I remember when I was little, that there was this girl I knew with pink skin.

It cracked, and her fingernails were completely covered. She looked, well, scaly.

She had pink skin and brown hair, and she was one of the sweetest people I had ever met. I remember going to her house one time and we watched Spongebob.

I wasn’t allowed to watch it because my mom said it would rot my brain, so I was having fun. I don’t ever remember being revolted or scared. Her skin wasn’t super sensitive except where the cracks were severe - and she bandaged those.

She introduced me to Kirby. KIRBY.

She was one of the most beautiful people I have ever met.

She had so much confidence and so much compassion, despite her condition.

This is Hunter Steinitz. She is one of the few survivors of the rare disease harlequin ichthyosis. Many patients with harlequin ichthyosis did not survive their first year, because they miss vital fats in the skin which protect against bacteria and contaminants.
‘My skin doesn’t contain any of the fatty moisture everyone else has between their skin cells, like mortar between bricks in houses,’ said Hunter. ‘All I have is the bricks.’


Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. The skin forms large, diamond-shaped plates that are separated by deep cracks (fissures). These skin abnormalities affect the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and limit movement of the arms and legs. Restricted movement of the chest can lead to breathing difficulties and respiratory failure.
The skin normally forms a protective barrier between the body and its surrounding environment. The skin abnormalities associated with harlequin ichthyosis disrupt this barrier, making it more difficult for affected infants to control water loss, regulate their body temperature, and fight infections. Infants with harlequin ichthyosis often experience an excessive loss of fluids (dehydration) and develop life-threatening infections in the first few weeks of life. It used to be very rare for affected infants to survive the newborn period. However, with intensive medical support and improved treatment, people with this disorder now have a better chance of living into childhood and adolescence.
Here is an article about Hunter and how she has grown up with the disease. There is also a video.

She seems so down to earth, a real old soul.

oh man, I forgot all about this one. Is it terrible to say I have a favorite cutaneous condition? They are all pretty horrible and sad things, but I find this one the most fascinating. Harlequin Ichthyosis. It almost looks fake! It’s very rare and there isn’t a high survival rate among them. The skin is really fucked up and the eyes get all cherry tomato like. Very horrible disease!