Oral Supplementation and Systemic Drugs for Skin Aging: A Narrative Review

Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2023 Feb;114(2):114-124. doi: 10.1016/j.ad.2022.09.014. Epub 2022 Oct 4.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Skin aging is influenced by intrinsic and extrinsic factors and involves multiple pathogenic mechanisms. The most widely used treatments are topical products and minimally invasive procedures. Evidence on the benefits of systemic therapy is limited for several reasons: Reliance on mostly small and predominantly female samples, short study durations, methodologic heterogeneity, and a lack of consensus on which outcome measures are clinically relevant. Furthermore, systemic drugs and oral supplements are not without adverse effects. Oral hydrolyzed collagen and oral hyaluronic acid are well tolerated, and numerous clinical trials show they can mitigate some signs of skin aging. Low-dose oral isotretinoin is another option, but it has a higher risk of adverse effects. Evidence is lacking on the effects of the many dietary supplements on offer, such as vitamins, flavonoids, plant extracts, and trace elements. The future of skin aging management would appear to lie in the use of senolytic and senomorphic agents targeting senescent cells in the skin.

Keywords: Colágeno hidrolizado oral; Envejecimiento cutáneo; Fotoenvejecimiento; Hyaluronic acid; Oral; Oral hydrolyzed collagen; Photoaging; Skin aging; Tratamiento; Treatment; Ácido hialurónico.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Isotretinoin / adverse effects
  • Skin
  • Skin Aging*


  • Isotretinoin