Vitamin A

by | Oct 22, 2016 | Blog


Why is Vitamin A so important to the skin?

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Vitamin A is an essential  vitamin and very important for overall healthy skin.  Topical vitamin A in the form of retinol  is a proven wrinkle-fighter.   It is the “go to”  dermatologists’ recommendation to combatin aging, discoloration and acne.  It also helps to  even out the  skin tone and give the skin a glow. Vitamin A can help lighten sun-induced brown spots and boost skin radiance in two ways:   By increasing and normalizing skin cell turnover, which helps  shed pigmented, damaged and rough surface cells, making room for healthier cells and allowing light to bounce off more evenly.  Retinols  may block an enzyme needed for melanin (pigment) production, further helping to deliver an even-toned, glowing complexion.

Research has shown that these ingredients are able to stimulate collagen production.   When collagen becomes damaged due to UV exposure and other aggressors, wrinkles begin to develop, much like cracks in a weak foundation. Retinoids “turn on” cells responsible for making new collagen, strengthening your skin and filling in fine lines below the surface so skin looks smoother.

Retinol can also reduce the appearance of  acne. Pimples form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria and oil, providing the perfect breeding ground for Propionibacterium acnes, a common bacteria responsible for blemishes. When vitamin A creams stimulate cell turnover the same process happens within the pores themselves, helping to slow oil production and keep pores clear.

It is common for vitamin A creams to cause redness, sensitivity and dry, flaky skin until skin becomes acclimated. To minimize these side effects, start by applying just a small amount to the skin every other night or every two nights for several weeks.  Follow with  Calming Fluid or cream to minimize redness. Gradually increase your usage to nightly.

Be sure to use sunscreen during the day, too; topical retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV damage.