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What are vitamin a/retinol cosmetic products that do not have hydroquinone?

What are vitamin a/retinol cosmetic products that do not have hydroquinone?

Safer: Hydroquinone is a synthetic chemical that is used a skin lightner. It can be very toxic and is banned in europe which had stricter regulations than the us. It is particularly more dangerous for women of color who are more likely to use it. Avoid it. ...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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A new dermatologist prescribed 30 000IU 2x/day of Vitamin A (retinol acetate). I took isotretinoin for several years in the past. Is it excessive?

A new dermatologist prescribed 30 000IU 2x/day of Vitamin A (retinol acetate). I took isotretinoin for several years in the past. Is it excessive?

This is a lot: The daily recommendation of vitamin A for adult women is 2,300 IU. You are taking OVER 25 TIMES that much! There are concerns regarding toxicity of too much vitamin A including birth defects, liver and central nervous system problems, and interference with bone metabolism. Discuss your concerns with your dermatologist and see if he/she can recommend an alternative. ...Read more

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Can taking vitamin a supplement retinol cause bleeding of the mouth?

Can taking vitamin a supplement retinol cause bleeding of the mouth?

Not usually: Unless you're taking sooooo much, over such looong time, that you've destroyed your liver, it's unlikely. See a dentist, then switch to a dry vitamin a, and take the rec. Dose.... ...Read more

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Topically, Which is more beneficial for wrinkles? Vitamin C or a retinol (vitamin A?) I heard A is better for acne prone and C for collagen production

Topically, Which is more beneficial for wrinkles? Vitamin C or a retinol (vitamin A?) I heard A is better for acne prone and C for collagen production

Retinoid for wrinkle: Hi MRoberts- after avoiding smoking and getting sun protection, retinoids are the most effective step for prevention of wrinkles. There is more evidence for tretinoin (a prescription) as opposed to retinol, but in any case, any retinoid will do more than vitamin C. ...Read more

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Is one form of vitamin A better than others? Retinol vs plant bases? How do you get Retinol?

Is one form of vitamin A better than others?  Retinol vs plant bases?  How do you get Retinol?

Plants and nature: the best way to get vitamin A is through nature, green leafy vegetables, fruits, carrots . Vitamin A in pill is also an option, but may cause problem with overdose ...Read more

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My free retinol vitamin a blood test came back high. Normal levels are 30-78. Mine was 104. Is this a problem?

My free retinol vitamin a blood test came back high.  Normal levels are 30-78.  Mine was 104.  Is this a problem?

Depends: If you are taking supplements, cut back some. Also check vitamin d levels to make sure they are not too low. A and d are competitively absorbed. Taking high doses of d can theoretically inhibit absorption of vitamin a. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if retinol vitamin a acetate oil is bad for you skin?

Can someone tell me if retinol vitamin a acetate oil is bad for you skin?

Retinol vitamin a: I commend you for your desire to have good Health. As per http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705543/RETINYL_ACETATE_(VITAMIN_A_ACETATE)/# FDA and German health agency have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations. Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics. ...Read more

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Is natural sources of vitamin a okay, and just retinol bad in moisturizer?

Retinol is not bad: It can just be sun sensitizing as it is a product converted to retinoic acid. Vitamins taken orally are great, but only certain products contain vitamins that are actually absorbed into the skin. see your derm or aesthtician ...Read more