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Wrinkles can Be Really Ironed Out, Thanks to Vitamin A

Wrinkles, worries, more wrinkles. Well, it doesnt have to be that way always. For experts at the Michigan University Medical School say that they have successfully managed to reduce wrinkles significantly in elderly people by using a cream containing vitamin A.

Not only did the cream make skin appear more youthful, tissue samples from 23 people revealed it boosted levels of important skin repair chemicals.

Michigan researchers have described their findings in the journal Archives of Dermatology.

As people age, their skin produces less collagen, the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant protein in mammals, making up about 25% of the total protein content.

Consequently the skin tends to become thinner and less smooth. It is this inevitable natural process the Michigan team has tried to reverse.

It team does not identify the cream it used, it only says that the cream contained "retinol."

Retinol is a type of Vitamin A, which is very beneficial to humans. It is considered to be essential for proper vision and bone growth. Retinol has been successfully used as a treatment for acne and skin ailments.

Researchers recruited 36 people with an average age of 87 and, over a 24-week period, asked them apply the retinol cream on the inner arm on one side, and a cream with no active component on the other. After the 24 weeks, the skin appearance was assessed, and a small sample taken for analysis.

Underarm skin was chosen because it suffers less exposure to the sun, which can accelerate skin ageing.

Not everyone finished the study, and it was assumed by the researchers that the 13 people who dropped out had not seen any benefits in how their skin looked.

However, even with this added in to the results, there was a significant improvement between the retinol and non-retinol arms. The small skin samples take
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