Albert Kligman, Acne and Rosacea Pioneer dies at age 93

Written by on February 23, 2010 in in the news, research with 2 Comments

The name Albert Kligman has been associated with dermatology for a very long time. Perhaps best known for his work with the acne treatment Retin-A, Dr. Kligman is credited with more than 1,500 publications on acne, rosacea, eczema, contact dermatitis and skin aging.

According to Albert M. Kligman, 93, dermatology researcher, Dr. Kligman cowrote 14 books, beginning with Textbook on Dermatology, published by W.B. Saunders in Philadelphia in 1956, and ending with the third edition of Acne and Rosacea, published by Springer Verlag in Berlin in 2000.

Dr. Kligman passed away on Feb 9, 2010 aged 93.

Kligman’s 2004 Critique on the state of Knowledge of Rosacea was scathing about the poor State of the Art of Rosacea Research and Development.

This quote was quite insightful: “It seems that rosacea is a physician-friendly disorder in which everything works. This brings to mind the old clinical adage that when everything works, nothing works! Of course, we all understand how it happens that industry supported research is unlikely to yield negative results” and further “I hold that studies of papulo-pustular rosacea has brought in the marketplace too many drugs of marginal efficacy making it almost impossible for clinicians to make rational choices among the offerings, especially when these are backed up by heavy investments in marketing”

Kligman is credited in the Standard grading system for rosacea, the Standard classification of rosacea as well as the Standard Management Options for rosacea.

In his recently published book, Rosacea: Diagnosis and Management, Dr. Powell tells us that the 1993 book Acne & Rosacea by Plewig & Kligman is still the preferred authorative medical reference for rosacea. This is a bit of a shame because this book is out of print. You may be able to find a copy in your library, or you can also sometimes purchase a second hand copy via

The good news is that an updated hardcover version, Pathogenesis and Treatment of Acne and Rosacea, edited in parth by Kligman is due to be released in August 2010.

Albert M. Kilgman is considered truly as one who was larger than life. A 2006 paper in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology said of him “Albert Kligman is among many other things, a dreamer. Through his vision and its implementation he has been a major force in directing dermatology toward a better future. His dermatologic dreams have been well realized”

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2 Reader Comments

  1. Naturaltreatments says:

    Will be interesting to see if he has anything further to add to rosacea treatment than Powell’s book.

  2. Having never read the original version I am really looking forward to reading this new edition of the book. Rosacea will never get much traction in the professional community without good research and good texts being easily available.


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