A possible role for squalene in the pathogenesis of acne. II. In vivo study of squalene oxides in skin surface and intra-comedonal lipids of acne patients

Br J Dermatol. 1986 May;114(5):543-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1986.tb04061.x.


Skin surface lipids and lipids from open and closed comedones in acne patients were analysed by thin layer chromatography. The results showed that these lipids were enriched in polar lipids, as compared with the skin surface lipids obtained from controls without acne. In both open and closed comedones, these polar lipids appeared to be derived mainly from the oxidation of squalene, which is in agreement with our previous in vitro results. We suggest that squalene oxidation is the link between comedogenesis and bacterial colonization, and based on this, we propose a hypothesis of the pathogenesis of acne.

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / etiology*
  • Acne Vulgaris / metabolism
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chromatography, Thin Layer
  • Female
  • Hair / analysis
  • Humans
  • Lipids / analysis*
  • Male
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Skin / analysis
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Squalene / metabolism*


  • Lipids
  • Squalene