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when it comes to anti aging or removing fine lines, is beta carotene comparable to retina a since both are vitamin a?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
No: Beta carotene is a dietary source of pre-vitamin a. The body turns beta-carotene into vitamin a if the body needs this. Retina a is a medication made from vitamin a but is much more powerful and is used mainly on the skin.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
No: These are very different compounds.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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