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Is it safe to apply vitamin a directly on my skin as retinol?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 43 years experience
Retinol Benefits: Topical vitamin a (retinol) is converted to retinoic acid in the skin, producing many of the benefits that have been noted with retin a (tretinoin). These include the reduction of fine lines, smoothing of the skin surface, improvement of skin tone, and improvement of acne. If the retinol concentration is too high, dryness and possibly irritation of the skin may be noticed.
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Last updated Sep 29, 2016


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