2. DISEASES OF THE SEBACEOUS GLANDS
This represents a condition of the skin in which there is partial or absolute deficiency of the sebaceous secretion. It is scarcely a disease, usually being symptomatic of such affections as psoriasis, ichthyosis, lepra, scleroderma and senility. A few cases probably result from the too free use of alcohol or too strong soaps and rarely a case may seem to be idiopathic. As a result of the loss of the natural oil, the skin is harsh, dry, scaly, thickened and even fissured.
Treatment. The frequent use of baths, followed by oil inunctions, together with the local application of vibratory massage and the use of the high-frequency currents embrace the external treatment. While internally many remedies might be indicated for the general condition, the following has been used with success: Alumina, Coca and Lycopodium.