Noninvasive characterization of human stratum corneum of undiseased skin of patients with atopic dermatitis and psoriasis as studied by Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy



Etiopathogenetic regulatory disorders of epidermal metabolism and the subsequent changes in the molecular pattern of the stratum corneum play an important role in the clinical differentiation of particular dermatoses (e.g., psoriasis, atopic dermatitis). In this study we present in vitro Fourier transform Raman spectra of the stratum corneum from healthy skin, as well as from clinically undiseased skin of the right heel of atopic and psoriatic volunteers. Differences in the averaged spectra were detected, particularly in the spectral ranges of 1112–1142 (lipid band), 1185–1220, and 1394–1429 cm−1. By using the first derivative of the averaged spectra and/or a statistical evaluation of the spectroscopic data it was possible to distinguish the skin types examined. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Biopolymers (Biospectroscopy) 62: 141–146, 2001