In vivo-tretinoin-induced changes in skin mechanical properties

E. Berardesca, P. Gabba, N. Farinelli, G. Borroni, G. Rabbiosi

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Topical tretinoin has been reported as having anti-aging effects on photodamaged skin. The purpose of this study was to evaluate tretinoin-induced changes in the mechanical properties of the skin of 18 patients (aged 39 ± 8 years) after 4 months of treatment with topical 0.05% tretinoin on one forearm and a placebo base cream on the other. The biomechanical skin parameters investigated were elasticity, extensibility and hysteresis and data were normalized for skin thickness. A slight but non-significant increase of skin elasticity was detected in the tretinoin-treated sites using low-stressing forces (1.2 x 10 4 Nm -2) and at higher loads (3.8 x 10 4 Nm -2), the increase in skin elasticity was significant (P <0.01). This improved skin elasticity was dependent on the increased collagen resulting from topical tretinoin and the replacement of elastotic material. However, topical tretinoin treatment did not improve the response mediated by elastic fibres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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