Vitamin A is an important factor in aging and plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin. Unfortunately, Vitamin A is rapidly depleted by UV light, both UVA and UVB. Most of you who are exposed to UV light (even indoors, such as fluorescent lighting) will have quite a lot of vitamin A in their skin destroyed daily. This is why it is important to add this ingredient back into your skin through topical products. Another factor affecting our skin as we age is the slowing down of the cell renewal process. Adding Vitamin A to your skincare protocol helps to maintain a healthy pace of cell renewal, which gives your skin a beautiful glow.
Acne patients benefit from Vitamin A by an increase in the cell renewal process. It also increases the sloughing process of the dead cells leaving the skin's surface. Keeping the skin's pores open and clear is essential for acne.
Common forms of hyperpigmentation include melasma, freckles and post inflammatory skin discoloration. Vitamin A is one of the most effective treatments for these conditions. Similar to acne, it works by increasing the cell renewal process and sloughing off the skin to eventually diminish the discoloration. It is important to note that many pigmented lesions are produced throughout a long period of time and will not go away quickly.
Vitamin A comes in several different ingredient formulations. The most readily available forms of Vitamin A include retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinoic acid. Retinol is the most common form of Vitamin A.