Sustained improvement in photodamaged skin with reduced tretinoin emollient cream treatment regimen: effect of once-weekly and three-times-weekly applications.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: Previous studies have documented reversal of long-term photodamage with once-daily applications of topical tretinoin. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to assess the effectiveness of tretinoin emollient cream in maintaining improvement in photodamage with a reduced frequency of applications. METHODS: A total of 126 subjects who completed 48 weeks of once-daily treatment with tretinoin emollient cream 0.05% were enrolled for an additional 24 weeks of tretinoin once weekly, three times weekly, or no therapy. RESULTS: The clinical improvement observed during 48 weeks of once-daily treatment was sustained with three-times weekly applications and to a lesser extent with once-weekly dosing, whereas effects tended to regress in subjects off therapy. The overall incidence of adverse events in the skin and subcutaneous tissues appeared to vary with dose frequency. CONCLUSION: After 48 weeks of once-daily treatment, the continued use of tretinoin emollient cream 0.05% at a dose of three times per week maintains and, in some cases, may further enhance improvement in photodamage. Discontinuation of therapy results in some reversal of beneficial effects.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Olsen, EA; Katz, HI; Levine, N; Nigra, TP; Pochi, PE; Savin, RC; Shupack, J; Weinstein, GD; Lufrano, L; Jou, HC

Published Date

  • August 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2 Pt 1

Start / End Page

  • 227 - 230

PubMed ID

  • 9270508

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-9622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0190-9622(97)80129-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States