Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is a powerful antioxidant the body uses to help form and maintain good vision and eye health, a strong immune system as well as soft tissues, mucus membranes, and skin. It is not found in plant food; however, the body can use beta-carotene found in many fruits, vegetables and some fish sources to convert to vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is important to avoid taking Vitamin A without the guidance of a medical provider since excess can result in toxicity. Issues with skin, mucous membranes, and immune function can be an indicator that Vitamin A is deficient. Vitamin A promotes epidermal differentiation, modulates dermal growth factors, inhibits sebaceous gland activity, suppresses androgen formation, and promotes cell turnover in the skin. Our medical providers can provide special tapering dosing protocols to meet your specific needs as well as monitor to avoid toxicity. Vitamin A can be a very helpful supplement for addressing skin issues. Our office carries two forms manufactured by the ProThera Inc. supplement line.
Nutrition for Skin, by Chris Kresser