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J Cosmet Dermatol. 2005 Jun;4(2):130-4.

Topical retinoids in the treatment of photoaging.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Athens, Andreas Sygros Hospital, Athens, Greece.


A large number of different substances comprise the family of retinoids, which are traditionally described as vitamin A derivatives. By exerting their action through nuclear and cytoplasmic receptors they may improve photoaging. Tretinoin is the best studied retinoid in the treatment of photoaging. Others such as isotretinoin, retinaldehyde, and tazarotene, although less well studied, have given promising results.

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