Pilot study: Autologous platelet-rich plasma used in a topical cream for facial rejuvenation

Zoe Diana Draelos, Lawrence A. Rheins, Shaun Wootten, Robert S. Kellar, Robert B. Diller

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Background: Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is traditionally used as an injectable material for enhanced healing, hair growth, and facial rejuvenation. Aims: This research examined the novel use of topical autologously sourced PRP added to a preservative cosmetic base and applied twice daily to the face following electroporation for 8 weeks. Methods: 20 healthy female and male subjects 30-60 years of age were enrolled in this single-site, investigator blinded, vehicle controlled split-face study to evaluate the effect of a PRP-containing serum versus the serum alone on facial photoaging. Results: 90 day stability for the PRP in a preservative serum was achieved with refrigeration at 4 degrees Celsius. Facial skin biopsy histologic findings included improved rete peg architecture. Immunohistochemical analysis showed upregulation for collagen type I with qPCR data demonstrating concomitant upregulation of mRNA for collagen after 8 weeks of topical PRP use. Conclusion: These pilot study findings may indicate value for topical PRP in facial rejuvenation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • aging skin
  • cosmetics
  • facial rejuvenation
  • platelet-rich plasma
  • PRP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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