13-cis-Retinoic acid in rosacea. Clinical and laboratory findings
Schmidt JB, Gebhart W, Raff M, Spona J
The paper presents clinical and laboratory data on 13-CIS-retinoic acid treatment in rosacea. Good-to-excellent results are reported for severe forms of rosacea. Side effects were tolerable and could easily be controlled. The role of sebaceous gland function was documented by both histological and skin sebum parameters. Diminution of sebaceous gland size and the decrease of skin sebum with alteration of single sebum fractions correspond with findings in acne. According to the findings the alteration of sebaceous gland function is one model of drug action in rosacea. Thus sebaceous gland dysfunction may play an important role in the pathogenesis of rosacea.