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What are the side effects of taking retinol for someone with oily forehead, and sebum?

What are the side effects of taking retinol for someone with oily forehead, and sebum?

Eyesight: Retinol can affect the eye sight and can lead to permanent problems. This should not be taken without consulting an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


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What do vitamin a do for the body and are there side effects?

What do vitamin a do for the body and are there side effects?

Vision, : Vision is the primary use of the body for vitamin a although there are a few other functions for which it is essential especially skin health. Usa diets almost always contain adequate amounts of vitamin a so supplementation is rarely necessary. There are no side effects from the usual supplement doses. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of vitamin a cream on your body?

What are the side effects of vitamin a cream on your body?

Reddening, stinging: Retinol is the fat soluble form of vitamin a found in anti-wrinkle skin creams. It attracts moisture, which increases water content of skin. It increases production of collagen and promotes cell division to reduces fine wrinkling, also helps pigmentation effects of too much sun. Side effects may include reddening of the skin and a mild stinging sensation, scaling and increased sun sensitivity. ...Read more

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Noticing some darkening of facial skin/pigment after several weeks on OTC retinol product. Is this a normal side effect?

Noticing some darkening of facial skin/pigment after several weeks on OTC retinol product.  Is this a normal side effect?

it is : There is peeling of the skin and the new skin is exposed and can get drier and darken . Also greater risk of sun damage and other complication made worse by taking other medications at the same time. See a dermatologist to evaluate all of the issues with this drug. Just because it is over the counter, does no mean that it is free of unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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What are the effects of retinol in pregnancy?

What are the effects of retinol in pregnancy?

Toxicity to infant: Retinol is a a vitamin a derivative is great for your skin but can theoretically be damaging to your developing infant. Better to wait to use creams that contain retinoids until after delivery (safe with breast feeding). ...Read more

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Does retinol expire?

Does retinol expire?

Retinol: Most topical medications have an expiration date but are still effective months to years after they have expired. ...Read more

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What is the use of retinol?

What is the use of retinol?

Skin rejuvenation: Retinol, as well as other skin treatments like alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamin c, all work to increase "skin turnover." your skin cells are constantly regenerating and sloughing off. This "turnover" slows as we age. That's why a baby heals a cut so fast and senior citizens take weeks to heal a skin injury. Retinol speeds the regeneration process, giving your skin a fresh, younger look. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overuse retinol?

Is it possible to overuse retinol?

Refractive index: The easiest explanation is that human eyes are "built" to work in air. Water bends light waves more than air does, and our eyes need a layer of air in front of them in order to focus. That its why a pair of goggles helps you see under water. ...Read more

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Do alfalfa leaves contain retinol ?

Do alfalfa leaves contain retinol ?

It shouldn't: Retinol is an animal based Vitamin A. Alfalfa contains plant based precursors in the vitamin A family called carotenoids. ...Read more