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4 Benefits of Vitamin A for Skincare

Posted: January 28th, 2019 by Dr. Basem Ashoor

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Vitamin A, also known as retinoids, is a powerful anti-aging chemical that plays many roles in skincare. It can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve uneven skin tone, as well as treat skin conditions such as acne. Vitamin A achieves these benefits through specific actions in the body. It exfoliates, aids in collagen production, and fights free radicals in the skin. Here are four key benefits of vitamin A for skincare:

Anti-aging:

Vitamin A can reduce the impact of aging on your skin and turn back the clock on your appearance. Through boosting the collagen in your skin, wrinkles and fine lines are reduced. The added collagen helps prevent new wrinkles from forming. Through regular use of vitamin A products, the skin becomes thicker and more elastic, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Photo protection:

Vitamin A prevents sun-induced skin damage in addition to treating photodamaged skin. Ultraviolet light degrades collagen and fibrin in the skin and vitamin A counters this effect. It is advisable to apply the product at night due to increase in skin sensitivity. This should be followed by sunscreen the following day.

Treats acne:

Vitamin A has the ability to unclog pores and prevent further build up, which reduces the frequency of acne breakouts. It can also help fade acne scarring, by encouraging dead skin cells to turnover and reveal healthy cells. By acting as an exfoliator, vitamin A is an essential product in improving acne-prone skin.

Improves complexion:

Through normalizing cell turnover, vitamin A improves complexion in many ways. Skin becomes smoother with smaller pores, reduced hyperpigmentation, and less age spots. Allowing healthy cells to replace dead skin cells leads to a brighter and more attractive complexion. If you are frustrated by dark age spots or large pores, then introducing vitamin A to your skincare routine can solve the problem.

Other considerations:

An important factor in choosing a vitamin A product is considering the formulation. For the vitamin to be effective, it must be converted to retinoic acid inside the skin cell. You can acquire the product as over the counter or through prescription. Prescription retinoids are strong and might cause skin irritation and flaking so they should be introduced gradually to reduce side effects. Consult your healthcare provider to see if vitamin A in your regimen can meet your unique skin requirements. It is also recommended to avoid it during pregnancy.

You can read about the benefits of vitamin C for skincare here.

 

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