Topical treatment of ichthyoses
Article first published online: 5 FEB 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 16–25, January/February 2013
How to Cite
Fleckman, P., Newell, B. D., van Steensel, M. A. and Yan, A. C. (2013), Topical treatment of ichthyoses. Dermatologic Therapy, 26: 16–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2012.01526.x
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 5 FEB 2013
Management of ichthyoses is a complex and continuously dynamic process. Primary treatments of ichthyosis are by means of topical moisturizers and topical medications. Patients and families need to have reasonable and realistic expectations when it comes to topical therapy. Topical medications cannot cure the scaling, but can gradually reduce it and thus improve their condition. No one treatment regimen works for everyone, and the best topical therapy for each patient may be the result of months (or years) of painstaking effort on both the physician's and the patient's behalf. As patients get older and their activities and lifestyles change, so should their topical treatment regimen. Bear in mind that the more complex the skin care regimen and costly the topical treatments, the less likely a patient and their family will be compliant.