Successfully Fight Wrinkles Over the Counter

What: Every drug store is packed full of anti-aging creams you can buy over the counter. But do they work? It seems science has finally given us an answer. In a recent study conducted by Proctor & Gamble, the over-the-counter OLAY Professional Pro-X “system” was compared to the popular prescription medicine, tretinoin. Not only did OLAY work just as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as its prescription counterpart, but it caused less skin irritation.

What They Say:

In the current study, 99 women volunteers were given a regimen of three Olay Pro-x products, and 97 were prescribed tretinoin. The depth of their wrinkles was assessed before and after the treatments, and those assessing them were not told which product the women were using.

What We Say:
Anti-wrinkle creams get a pretty bad rep, but we find ourselves drawn to them time and time again. So, this is great news for budget and age-conscious fashionistas who can’t resist the promise of living life wrinkle-free, but can’t justify an expensive prescription treatment. Have you used one or both of these systems, and if so, what’s your take on it all?

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  1. valerie says

    I recently asked my dermatologist about what I should be doing for anti aging, if anything (i am 28). She said, that they ONLY things that has Proven results of preventing wrinkles is prescription retinoid such as tretinoin. She explained the benefits and side effects and agve a RX for 0.025 % cream, also said that even if I use it once a week, it will still work.

    And just a guess, does Proctor&gamble own and/or make Olay products?

  2. Courtney Jackson says

    I have used prescription and OTC vitamin A creams I think they are pretty comparable. I look young for my age and I am very fair skinned, so it must work -and sunscreen!

  3. says

    First of all, 99 persons is not a representitive number for a profound study. Second, the study was conducted/financed by the company who owns Oil of Olay. How objective could they possibly be?

  4. Amy says

    Does P&G make Olay? I’d like to see a study conducted by someone completely neutral. THAT would definitely grab my attention.

  5. pip says

    The overwhelming medical evidence has it that the only topical cream that has an appreciable effect on skin is tretinoin (Retin-A). Which by the way, can be bought in generic form for $20.00 from your pharmacist. Compare that to the price of these Olay products which are about 4X that price (if you buy the whole regimen).
    But first and foremost, this was not a bona-fide clinical trial – it was a disengenuous excercise in marketing conducted by the company that produces the Olay product line. And as the poster above said, 99 participants is not nearly enough to produce a statistically sound result.

  6. says

    That looks promising, I’m going to try it. I have used retin-a and Tazorac (both prescription) but they cause so much peeling and sun sensitivity, which makes me never use them. This looks like it would have the benefits without the drawbacks.

  7. Ronnie says

    I have read many impartial articles that tout Retin-A based products as the best for fighting wrinkles. They don’t have to be Olay products or any other brand name to qualify. I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle cream and it is amazing. Better yet, it’s cheap and cheerful – even cheaper than Olay, BTW, and available just about everywhere. It is also less concentrated than the prescription formulas so it does not irritate my sensitive skin (or cause peeling).

    I have also read that Argireline based products are good. It’s technically a wrinkle relaxer but it appears to have other benefits as well. I have not found it in a very budget friendly form but get mine from Principal Secret.

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