Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for your skin health. It helps keep your hair and nails healthy, it prevents wrinkles and fine lines, reduces sunburns, improves eyesight and protects against certain types of cancer. You can get too much vitamin a if you are not careful or if you take too much at once. Too little vitamin a can cause rashes such as eczema and psoriasis, which require medication to treat them.
The good news is that there are many different forms of vitamin a available in foods. Some of these forms have been shown to be effective for treating acne. For example, beta carotene (vitamin A) has been found to reduce the number of pimples and blackheads on your face. Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce acne lesions when taken orally.
Other forms of vitamin a include retinol (vitamin A), alpha lipoic acid (vitamin D3), and selenium. These other forms of vitamin a may work better than beta carotene or vitamin D3 because they do not cause side effects like beta carotene does. However, all forms of vitamin a must be taken with food, so make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to get enough vitamins A and D3.
Getting the right amount of vitamin A for your body is important and generally includes taking a multivitamin. If you have acne, you should try to take in more vitamin D3 and multivitamins with more retinol and selenium than someone that doesn’t have acne. There are multivitamins specifically targeted towards people with different concerns, like Skin Better Essentials or Clear System by Neutrogena.
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