There are many misconceptions around vitamin A and since as its one of most used skincare ingredients we decided to put a few things straight.
Myth 1 - Vitamin A thins the skin
When used correctly in the right formulation, vitamin A can actually strengthen the skin, help with repair and support collagen and elastin.
Myth 2 - It causes irritation
Ok, this is not entirely a myth. Like with any skincare ingredient, it is possible to react negatively when used. Some people are unable to use vitamin A on the skin and even low doses cant be tolerated. However due to many different variations of vitamin A, most people are able to find a product which works for them. When using vitamin A for the first time, a small amount of irritation can occur as well as dry and flakey patches. These will be short lived and the skin normally starts to even out within the first month of use.
Myth 3 - It will make pigmentation worse
Vitamin A does make the skin slightly more prone to sun damage
due to the constant cell renewal and lack of dead cellular build up on the skin. When using a vitamin A your skin is like fresh, new baby skin. If you leave a baby out in the sun without sunblock they will burn, quickly. It's important to always wear a high factor SPF when using vitamin A. The theory that it will make pigmentation worse is incorrect. When used correctly vitamin A will lift pigmentation and improve skin tone. Pigmentation
will only be made worse if vitamin A is used and over exposure to UV radiation occurs.
Myth 4 - It should only be used for a short period of time
Some forms of vitamin A like Tretinoin are not always suitable for long term use. If you are using a high strength vitamin A, your specialist may advise you to have a 3 month break for every 6 months that you are on your prescription. However lots of other derivatives like retinyl palmitate can be used continuously.
Myth 5 - It's unsuitable for sensitive skin
For years sensitive skins
were told to avoid vitamin A due to the likeliness of a reaction occurring. However due to the known skin benefits experts have been developing and trialling different retinoids to find something safe for the most delicate of skins. Retinyl propionate is less potent than retinol and can significantly improve the skin without causing dryness.For more information on call 0113 282 7744 to speak to one of our specialists or 0113 282 3300 to book an appointment at our West Yorkshire clinic.Written for you by:
Emily, Face the Future