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Retinol-induced Dermatitis in Aged Skin

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Verified February 2017 by Dana L. Sachs, MD, University of Michigan
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Dana L. Sachs, MD, University of Michigan Identifier:
First received: March 5, 2009
Last updated: February 25, 2017
Last verified: February 2017
Topical therapy with retinoids is the only proven medical therapy for aged/photoaged human skin. However, topical therapy with retinoids often result in unwanted cutaneous dermatitis, including erythema and scaling. The reseachers intend to investigate the dose, frequency of use, and time dependence of topical retinol-induced dermatitis. The researchers intend to evaluate retinoid-induced dermatitis biochemically, including retinol regulation of retinoid responsive genes that control retinoid metabolism and serve as markers for retinoid bioactivity. The researchers will also investigate the role of EGF receptor pathway in retinoid-induced dermatitis.

Aged Skin Photoaged Skin

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Molecular Analyses of Retinoid-induced Dermatitis in Aged/Photoaged Human Skin

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Further study details as provided by Dana L. Sachs, MD, University of Michigan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Retinoid-induced dermatitis [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Skin biopsies will be taken; however, they are not intended to be used for DNA extraction.

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Subjects using 0.1% retinol one day per week
Subjects using 0.1% retinol three days per week
Subjects using 0.1% retinol seven days per week
Subjects using 0.5% retinol one day per week
Subjects using 0.5% retinol three days per week
Subjects using 0.5% retinol seven times per week


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Subjects will be between the ages of 21-60 years of age, with moderate clinical photodamage, and either gender.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female
  • Subject is at least 21 years of age
  • Good general health
  • No disease states, physical conditions or medications that would impair evaluation of the test sites
  • Willingness and ability to follow protocol
  • Signed written and witnessed informed consent form
  • No use of oral retnoids in the past year
  • No use of topical steroids to the treatment area in the past 2 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Has received an experimental drug or used and experimental device in the 14 days prior to admission to the study
  • History of keloids
  • History of hypersensitivity to lidocaine or epinephrine
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Disease states or physical condition that would impair evaluation of the test sites or compliance with the protocol
  • History of chemical peels or laser treatments to the sites evaluated
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00857610

Contact: Bethany Ruffino 734-763-8076

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Medical Center Recruiting
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Contact: Bethany Ruffino    734-763-8076   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Dana Sachs, MD University of Michigan Professor of Dermatology
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dana L. Sachs, MD, Professor of Dermatology, University of Michigan Identifier: NCT00857610     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HUM00026851/ Derm 604
Study First Received: March 5, 2009
Last Updated: February 25, 2017

Keywords provided by Dana L. Sachs, MD, University of Michigan:
Aged skin
Photoaged skin
Topical retinoids

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vitamin A
Retinol palmitate
Skin Diseases
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Anticarcinogenic Agents
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