Anthony, 1991 (electrolysis healing aid)

Anthony, 1991

Title: Topical tretinoin decreases healing times of electroepilation-induced wounds.

Authors: Anthony J, Miller L, Dinehart SM

Journal: Dermatologica 1991;183(2):129-31

Affiliated institution: Department of Dermatology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

PMID: 1743373, UI: 92077242

There is evidence that topical tretinoin promotes wound healing, especially when the wound area is pretreated. In our study, 5 patients were pretreated for 2 weeks with 0.05% tretinoin cream to one groin or axilla, followed by electroepilation to both sides. Electroepilation created small, superficial wounds. Healing was defined as complete re-epithelialization. In all patients the pretreated side showed a significantly decreased healing time as compared to the nonpretreated side. Pretreatment of skin with topical tretinoin may be useful in reducing healing times of patients undergoing electroepilation.