X-Linked Ichthyosis Medication

Updated: Apr 12, 2021
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The goal of pharmacotherapy is the reduction of retained scales.



Class Summary

Alpha hydroxy acids are effective in the treatment of X-linked ichthyosis.

Ammonium lactate (Lac-Hydrin)

Ammonium lactate contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that has keratolytic action, thus facilitating release of comedones. It is available in 12% and 5% strengths. The 12% form may cause irritation on the face. Ammonium lactate causes disadhesion of corneocytes.