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A 35-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me if vitamin a promotes healthy skin, how come we have vitamin e oils to put on our skin?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
Different effects: Vitamin a is ingested and is a stimulant to skin growth. Vitamin e is applied to the skin and functions as a softening emolient but has no effect on skin growth. Much of its use is marketing by the cosmetic industry.
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