Author(s): Van Scott EJ, Yu RJ
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Abstract Hyperkeratinization is a primary or fundamental event in a majority of today's skin disorders. Hyperkeratinization is usually the result of decreased desquamation due to increased corneocyte cohesion. Strength of corneocyte cohesion is determined by strength of intercellular bonding. Intercellular bonding is weakened by water and diminished by retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Conversely, bonding is strengthened or enhanced by dehydration, vitamin A deficiency, and some alpha acetoxy acids (AAAs). Agents that control or modify keratinization can be useful in treatment of many skin disorders.
This article was published in J Am Acad Dermatol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research