How Vitamin A Benifits Your Skin
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A also known as retinol has many important functions in the body, it provides immunity from infection, it helps us to see better in low light and keeps the skin healthy.
Vitamin A can be found in many food stuffs including:
- Oily fish
Vitamin A is a major ingredient in many products aimed at reducing wrinkles and slowing down the aging process and vitamin A is one of the major components of prescription drugs that are used to treat severe cases of acne.
When used as a cream or lotion Vitamin A quickly absorbs into the skin and promotes the growth of new skin cells and increases collagen production leading to fuller, stronger and younger looking skin.
* Liver is a rich source of vitamin A but should be avoided if you are pregnant, large amounts of vitamin A can harm your unborn baby. consult your doctor or midwife if you are taking any vitamin A supplements.
Oily Fish for Vitamin A
Retinol and Skin Care
Retinol or vitamin A is one of the main ingredients found in many products aimed at anti aging or wrinkle reduction. These products come in many forms such as creams, serums and lotions that are applied directly onto the skin.
Retinol thickens the skin which helps to remove fine lines around the eyes and smooth out deeper wrinkles around the mouth and forehead. Retinol also moisturises the skin helping to bring back the healthy glow of youthful skin.
Other forms of vitamin A used in skincare are Tretinoin, and Retinyl Palmitate.
Retinol products for wrinle reduction make claims that people who use their products often show improved skin tone reduced wrinkles and smoother skin within the first few days of using the products but it can often take up to 3 months before people notice a significant improvement.
Retinol for Acne
Used in the treatment of acne Vitamin A has been proven to show a positive improvement where antibiotics and other treatments have been ineffective.
Vitamin A is also used for other skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, wounds, burns, sunburn, keratosis follicularis, ichthyosis, lichen planus pigmentosus, and pityriasis rubra pilaris.
Retinol on Sensitive Skin
Retinol can have a negative reaction on people who have sensitive skin including redness,stinging or scaling. Test any products on a small area of skin at least 24 hours before using them.
Health Benefits of Vitamin A
Vitamin A or retinol can also be taken as a supplement in your diet, it has many health benefits as well as being good for your skin.
- Immunity, Vitamin A is important in the production of white blood cells that help the body to fight infection.
- Bones and Teeth, Vitamin A is essential in the production of dentin which forms the hard area of our teeth and vitamin A also helps to replace worn tissue in teeth and bones.
- Eyes, retinol is important to our eyes as it helps the eye to distinguish between light and dark vitamin A also prevents cataracts and other age related eye problems.
- Kidney Stones, Vitamin A produces a mineral called calcium phosphate in the body that prevents the formation of kidney stones.
- Reproductive System, Vitamin A is essential in reproduction in both males and females, in females Vitamin A is essential in embryonic development and in males vitamin A helps in the production of sperm.
- Cancer, Vitamin A is a strong anti oxidant and helps the body to fight off impurities that cause cancer.
Side Effects of Vitamin A
Most people who take Vitamin A or retinol supplements have no adverse reactions but there is a possibility that some people will suffer side effects from using the products,
The side effects of taking vitamin A products can be very serious and you should consult your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms after taking it.
Sickness or nausea, diarrea, stomach pain, headaches, dizzyness, blurred vision, fatigue, drowsyness, dry skin and lips, brittle nails, hair loss, joint or muscle pain, fever, bulging eyes, weight loss, depression, delerium, pneumonia, yellow skin (liver damage) or even coma.
Vitamin A or retinol supplements should not be taken by Pregnant women or women who are breast feeding.
Vitamin A supplements can have a negative effect if mixed with other supplements or prescription drugs always consult your doctor if you are on antibiotics or other drugs prescribed by your doctor.
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