Vitamin A – From Acne to Wrinkle Treatment

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Vitamin AVitamin A is required by the body for the development of strong teeth, tissues and healthy skin. Foods such as like whole-milk dairy products, liver, meats, and eggs are a rich source of Retinol, a type of vitamin A.
Retinoids which contain Vitamin A in topical forms are used in medications for skin care treatments. Retinoids are generally used to treat severe acne, reduce signs of photo aging and in wrinkle treatment.

Prescription Retinoids for Skin Solutions

There are two major types of natural retinoids used in skin care medications available by prescription.


Benefits of Isotretinoin are noticeable in the treatment of acne. It is an oral medication prescribed for patients who are suffering from severe acne and cannot be treated with through topical treatments or with antibiotic medications. Isoretinoin has serious side effects such as birth defects, depression and an irritable bowel.


The other natural retinoid is Tretinoin (Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a topical vitamin A, generally prescribed for acne treatment. It’s also used to help treat damage to the skin from sun exposure. Tretinoin works as an irritant; it kills the old damaged cells and regenerates the new skin cells. Tretinoin aids in the reduction of acne as it sheds old skin cells. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots on the skin,
There are other synthetic forms of topical retinoids such as adapalene (Differin) and tazorotene (Tazorac) are also available by prescription for acne treatment

Prescription vs. Over-the-Counter Acne & Wrinkle Treatment Creams

Research has proven the benefits of prescription retinoids on acne and in the treatment of wrinkles. Topical retinoids has shown remarkable results in acne treatment and prevention of acne breakout. Studies have also shown that it can effectively reduce and in some case reverse the damage of skin from sun exposure.

Over the counter wrinkle creams are widely available; they contain weaker forms of retinoids. Some studies show that these creams contain a form of vitamin A called retinaldehyde which are most effective in reducing visible fine lines and signs of aging.

The Cost of Care

Prescription retinoids such as Isotretinoin and tretinoin are only available through a prescription and should be used under a doctor’s supervision. Costs may vary across pharmacy and health insurance. Your health insurance plan may partially or fully cover the medication. It is less likely that the use of over the counter retinoid topical cream will be covered by insurance.

The less effective, non-prescription retinoids, such as retinol and retinaldehyde are available in the form over-the-counter skin care creams which claim to erase wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging. There are plenty of brands such RoC and Olay etc. that manufacture these creams. They are available at drugstores and beauty stores. Products range in price from about $10 to $20 or more.

The benefits of vitamin A have advanced over the years, especially in treatments for pimples and wrinkles and dark spots. It is important to be fully aware of the risks and side effects before you seek acne or wrinkle treatment or before you buy it over-the-counter or with a doctor’s prescription, and make sure to read all instructions carefully before use.


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