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A 38-year-old female asked:

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
Family Medicine 60 years experience
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.
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
No: These are very different compounds.

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