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Arotinoid Ro 13-6298 and etretin: two new retinoids inferior to isotretinoin in sebum suppression and acne treatment

Harms M, Philippe I, Radeff B, Masouyé I, Geiger JM, Saurat JH.
DOI: 10.2340/0001555566149154


Thirty patients have been treated with either etretin, the main derivative of etretinate, or arotinoid Ro 13-6298, a polyaromatic retinoid, or isotretinoin. Sebum production was measured before and during the treatments. While no change was observed in the patients treated with etretin, a reduction of 33% of the sebum excretion rate was observed for those treated with arotinoid Ro 13-6298 but only after long treatment periods of 20 to 30 weeks. The sebum excretion rate decreased by 92% in the patients treated with isotretinoin. Four patients suffering from severe nodulocystic acne were treated with arotinoid Ro 13-6298 for 2-5 months without improvement. Substantial improvement, however, resulted after a subsequent treatment with isotretinoin; sebum production decreased markedly as well. This study suggests that neither etretin nor arotinoid Ro 13-6298 will replace isotretinoin in the treatment of severe nodulocystic acne.


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