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Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2007 Jun;8(9):1365-71.

A new ketoconazole topical gel formulation in seborrhoeic dermatitis: an updated review of the mechanism.

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Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Dermatology, SE-41345 Göteborg, Sweden.


Seborrhoeic dermatitis (SD) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder, affecting areas of the head and body where sebaceous glands are most prominent and active. The disorder commonly affects hair-bearing areas of the head, including the scalp. Involvement on the face is usually limited to the hairline, eyebrows, nasolabial folds and ears, and may occur either with or without scalp involvement. Areas of the trunk where SD may occur include the body folds and the presternal area. The aetiology of SD is unknown, although hormones and the Malassezia spp., formerly known as Pityrosporum (naturally occurring yeasts), are thought to be involved in the development of the condition. SD responds to the use of antifungal medications such as ketoconazole, suggesting that the inflammation could be linked to the Malassezia spp. The mechanisms behind the therapeutic effect of ketoconazole for the management of SD form the basis of this review. The broad spectrum activity of Ketoconazole was reported in the early 1980s. Due to its potent effect against Malassezia spp. the development of ketoconazole for the treatment of various skin infections, in which a link was proposed with Malassezia spp., was initiated. Later on, a number of ancillary properties were described for ketoconazole, comprising antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, sebostatic and antiproliferative effects. The incorporation of ketoconazole in an adapted vehicle further promoted its efficacy. Recently, a new anhydrous gel containing 2% ketoconazole (Xolegel) was launched, in which all of the above properties were optimised.

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