Research Article

Thyroid disease and sebaceous function.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 21 February 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:432
  1. S K Goolamali,
  2. D Evered,
  3. S Shuster


    Sebum excretion rates (SER) were measured before and after treatment in patients with hypothyroidism and thyrotoxicosis. The mean SER in the former was significantly less than that in normal controls but there was no correlation between SER and the severity of the disease as indicated by serum thyroid-stimulating hormone levels. After treatment with L-thyroxine the SER increased but remained subnormal. By contrast the SER was not increased in patients with thyrotoxicosis and it was unaffected by treatment. The human sebaceous gland seems to respond to thyroid hormone mainly in the hypothyroid range.