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Can Vitamin A Keep the Wrinkles Away?

Vitamin A is a substance that can be found in many anti-aging skin care products, but is it really effective at keeping wrinkles away? Studies show that many of the claims behind all the hype are actually quite valid.

The Claims About Vitamin A

Vitamin A is found in many foods, including leafy green vegetables, carrots, fruits, eggs, whole milk, meat, and some types of fish. It has long been thought to be beneficial for vision, immune system function, and many other diseases and medical conditions. Vitamin A has also been found to have many positive effects when applied to the skin.

Skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other more rare skin diseases like Keratosis Follicularis (Darier Disease) have been treated effectively with Vitamin A. Of equal interest to many researchers and users, however, is the anti-aging benefits of Vitamin A for the skin. In the related form of tretinoin, Vitamin A has been shown to repair skin damage from sun exposure and aging, including dark spots, wrinkles, and rough skin.

Vitamin A in the form of retinol has become a popular anti-aging product. With regular use over time, retinol products can help reduce the look of fine wrinkles and even users' skin tones. A small 2007 study of retinol, a natural form of Vitamin A, showed that regular use increased collagen production and strengthened the skin against further damage.

How to Use Vitamin A

It is best to start Vitamin A use slowly, since it can cause irritation initially. Using retinol products every other day for the first few weeks can help minimize the redness. Applying to the entire face is recommended rather than spot treating. After 2 weeks, increase application to daily. You can also switch to a higher concentration of retinol after your skin has acclimated to the lower concentration.

Both retinol and tretinoin can cause sun sensitivity, so it's important to use sunscreen daily and avoid prolonged sun exposure so your skin doesn't sustain more damage. In addition, tretinoin taken orally has been shown to cause birth defects. The topical version of tretinoin has not been shown to cause similar problems, but many doctors advise against using retinol products when pregnant.

Vitamin A can be used on all types of skin, including dry skin. It is necessary to use Vitamin A regularly for a few months in order to see dark spots fade and wrinkles diminish. Continued use is necessary to see continued benefits. 


Vitamin A Products from Vivant Skin Care

Vivant Skin Care product line was formulated by James E. Fulton, M.D., Ph.D., the researcher, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who in 1969 co-developed Vitamin A acid, known today as Retin A®. Dr. Fulton also developed many of today's gold standards in dermatological medicine including benzoyl peroxide and topical erythromycin.  

Derm-A-Gel (Level I) is a gentler Vitamin A formula ideal for beginner use or for use on normal to dry skin. This serum contains retinol propionate along with lactic acid and niacinamide.

Once your skin has acclimated to Derm-A-Gel, use Exfol-A (Level II), a stronger formulation that also has glycolic acid to resurface skin and reveal a younger, healthier complexion.

For an even stronger Vitamin A serum, try Exfol-A Forté (Level III)This product is the final stage in the Vivant regimens and should only be used following an aggressive Exfol-A program.

Try Derm-A-Renew for very sensitive skin. This gentle formula builds a tolerance for more intense anti-aging treatments.

These Vitamin A corrector products are more effective when used with a complete regimen including a cleanser, toner and moisturizer with SPF. 

Do you want fresher, more beautiful skin? Try our questionnaire for help in choosing a skin care regimen that works for you.


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