Vitamin A Skin Care Benefits

Vitamin A Skin Care Benefits

Vitamin A Skin Care Benefits

Vitamin A derived skin care products can be found in many anti-aging beauty formulas. The antioxidant effect of vitamin A helps rejuvenate the skin from deep down within the collagen fibres working hard to reverse damages caused by free radicals from sun damage, smoking and other environmental factors.

Keep in mind that excessive vitamin A is not excreted like vitamin C or B. Vitamin A Is a fat soluble vitamin meaning that it is stored in the body. Eating a couple of carrots is not going to hurt. Natural sources of beta carotine is not converted to vitamin A until until your body converts it when necessary. Synthetic man-made vitamin A such as Tretinoin is a different story. Large doses can become toxic and in some cases lethal.


Vitamin A does wonders for the skin and skin benefits are endless………..

1. Vitamin A Improves density of dermal collagen

Vitamin A is readily absorbed by the skin and stimulates production of new skin cells and as a result increases collagen production for fuller, firmer, and younger looking skin.

2. Vitamin A Improves skin elasticity, tone, texture and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Common forms of vitamin A  used for anti-aging skin care include Tretinoin, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate. These are all forms of vitamin A or derivatives are found in many topical cream applications.

Vitamin A helps thicken the skin to improve fine wrinkling. Over the counter skin treatment products containing retinol (Vitamin A derivatives) have great effect for providing anti-aging benefits. People with sensitive skin may react to the products with uncomfortable redness, stinging, or scaling. The strength of the application can be controlled by you depending on the degree of skin sensitivity. A mild strength is recommended to start regardless of your skin type.y
3. Improve Acne Condition
Synthetic vitamin A-derivative drugs known as retinoids are used to treat cases of severe acne which have not responded to other treatment or which have only shown partial response to antibiotic therapy. There are topical and oral forms of these drugs and they are available on prescription.

Isotretinoin (Accutane) is the oral prescription drug derived from naturally occurring retinoic acid, which is related to vitamin A. It acts to reduce oil production by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and also exerts anti-inflammatory effects. I personally do recommend against the use of such strong medications. There are potential risk and side effects involved with use.

4. Assists in protein digestion

Vitamin A assist the realease of gastric juices (pepsin & hydrochloric acid), which are vitally important for protein digestion.

5. Healthy eyes and vision

Your eyes get the best benefits from vitamin A. If you eyes are always dry, or if you have night vision blindness, you may have a deficiency. Vitamin supplements can improve your vision especially during night time.


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2 thoughts on “Vitamin A Skin Care Benefits

  1. Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac.

    Vitamin A supplementation is particularly important for people with retinal issues. For example, research supports taking 15,000 IU per day of Vitamin A for those with Retinitis Pigmentosa.

    Vitamin A is a necessary structural component of rhodopsin or visual purple, the light sensitive pigment within rod and cone cells of the retina. If inadequate quantities of vitamin A are present, vision is impaired.

    The 11-cis retinal form of vitamin A is essential for the neural transmission of light into vision.

    A deficiency of vitamin A causes a deficit in the pigment needed by rod cells (responsible for our night vision). As a result, if fewer rod cells are able to sufficiently respond in darker conditions, night blindness can result.

    Betacarotene is the water-soluble version of vitamin A (which is fat soluble), and can be converted to Vitamin A by the body as needed.

    Food sources for betacarotene include yellow and orange vegetables, including yams, carrots and sweet potatoes, asparagus, spinach, butternut squash, kale, bok choy, mangoes, cataloupe and apricots.

    Top sources of vitamin A include: beef liver, egg yolk, cheddar cheese and fortified milk.

    Eye exercises can also help maintain strong and healthy vision.

    For more information on nutrition and vision, go to Natural Eye Care

  2. Jane Dacnell

    You may not believe it but a friend of mine used to take excessive amounts of Vitamin A and at the same time ate tons of carrots for about a month period. Someone told her this will help to improve her vision. Well, okay, I do not know about the vision but she literally turned orange (her face). So TOO MUCH vitamin A can make you look like a carrot. 🙂


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