Anti Ageing Effects of Tretinoin Confirmed in a Huge Study

Dr Mark Aszkenasy
By Dr Mark Aszkenasy

Dr Mark has been providing aesthetic beauty treatments since 2011.


Trawling through research done years ago sometimes gives some surprising results. I was trying to find the results of clinical trials involving Tretinoin (a form of retinol, which is a Vitamin A-like substance).

I found that there was a multicentre study of the effects of Tretinoin reported way back in 1991 involving 533 people in eight centres in the United States.

They divided them into different groups. Some got a higher strength Tretinoin cream (0.05%), some a medium (0.025%), some a low (0.001%) and some got plain cream with no Tretinoin. They were treated for 24 weeks and then the researchers looked at the before and after results on the skin around their eyes, and they also did biopsies (yes, they cut out small skin samples!) and looked at them under the microscope to judge how well the cream had worked.

The best thing is that neither the people who were using the creams nor the people who were judging the results knew what anyone had. It was the best kind of study – a randomised double-blind controlled clinical trial.

The results showed that Tretinoin increased the thickness of the skin (more collagen fibres), and decreased the melanin pigment (less pigmentation, another key feature of ageing skin is uneven pigmentation).

Not only that, but the results were dose-dependent. In other words, the stronger the dose of Tretinoin, the more anti-ageing effect that was seen.

This is a very powerful proof that Tretinoin really does have an anti-ageing effect.

How effective is the anti ageing effects of Tretinoin

Another good quality study of the effects of Tretinoin confirmed these results, with 79% of people showing an improvement in skin firmness, less wrinkles, and smoother-feeling skin. Some people experienced side effects with dry skin, peeling or redness, but these got better quickly when the cream was stopped.

Retinol is very similar in its effects to Tretinoin, but it is a little less aggressive and doesn’t have to be given by prescription only. If you’re interested in purchasing an effective Retinol product please ask your cosmetic, medical practitioner.

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some Tretinoinpigmentation and lines and wrinkle FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the Tretinoinpigmentation and lines and wrinkle questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited Tretinoinpigmentation and lines and wrinkle clinics in your area.

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some Tretinoin, pigmentation and lines and wrinkle FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the Tretinoin, pigmentation and lines and wrinkle questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited Tretinoin, pigmentation and lines and wrinkle clinics in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Mark Aszkenas who has been providing aesthetic beauty treatments since 2011.

He is a consultant in the National Health Service and has the diploma of the membership of the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Mark saw the need for a simple and effective range of skincare treatments, containing ingredients at a strength that could achieve results, and launched the Dr Mark Skincare range.

Thanks to the author

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