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Fluorescence spectroscopy for endogenous porphyrins in human facial skin
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Paper Abstract

The activity of certain bacteria in skin is known to correlate to the presence of porphyrins. In particular the presence of coproporphyrin produced by P.acnes inside plugged pores has been correlated to acne vulgaris. Another porphyrin encountered in skin is protoporphyrin IX, which is produced by the body in the pathway for production of heme. In the present work, a fluorescence spectroscopy system was developed to measure the characteristic spectrum and quantify the two types of porphyrins commonly present in human facial skin. The system is comprised of a Xe lamp both for fluorescence excitation and broadband light source for diffuse reflectance measurements. A computer-controlled filter wheel enables acquisition of sequential spectra, first excited by blue light at 405 nm then followed by the broadband light source, at the same location. The diffuse reflectance spectrum was used to correct the fluorescence spectrum due to the presence of skin chromophores, such as blood and melanin. The resulting fluorescence spectra were employed for the quantification of porphyrin concentration in a population of healthy subjects. The results show great variability on the concentration of these porphyrins and further studies are being conducted to correlate them with skin conditions such as inflammation and acne vulgaris.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7161, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V, 716103 (19 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811913
Show Author Affiliations
I. Seo, Johnson & Johnson CPPW (United States)
S. H. Tseng, Johnson & Johnson CPPW (United States)
G. O. Cula, Johnson & Johnson CPPW (United States)
P. R. Bargo, Johnson & Johnson CPPW (United States)
N. Kollias, Johnson & Johnson CPPW (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7161:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V
Henry Hirschberg; Steen J. Madsen; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Justus F. R. Ilgner; Kenton W. Gregory; Guillermo J. Tearney; Laura Marcu; Reza S. Malek; Nikiforos Kollias; Bernard Choi; Haishan Zeng, Editor(s)

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