Names of various forms of Vitamin A:
- Vitamin A: A fat-soluble vitamin essential to the human body.
- Retinoid: A collective term for ingredients derived from vitamin A.
- Retinoic acid: Also known as tretinoin, this is a prescription only vitamin A derivative commonly used to treat acne. Side effects include irritation, dryness, redness, peeling and light sensitivity.
- Tretinoin: Another name for retinoic acid.
- Isotretinoin: A prescription only retinoid derivative used to treat severe acne. Side effects include dryness, sun sensitivity and sometimes eczema.
- Retinol: A retinoid used as a skin revitaliser to treat acne, rosacea and signs of ageing. It can cause dermatitis when used on sensitive skin for a long time or in too high concentrations.
- Retinyl palmitate: A retinoid and skin conditioner which is milder than retinoic acid and has fewer potential side effects.
- Retinaldehyde: A mild retinoid which increases skin thickness without causing irritation.
- Vitamin A palmitate: An antioxidant and skin "normaliser" which helps skin to stay plump, boosts collagen and improves thickness and elasticity.
- Vitamin A is keratolytic which means it will remove plugs that block follicles and lead to pimples and acne.
While Retinyl palmitate and Vitamin A palmitate (the 2 forms used by MISMO) are not as strong as the other forms described above they are still active and deliver visible results. They are also very gentle and do not cause reactions even in sensitive skin types. The correct mix of Vitamins A, C and E in skin care is ideal because it is skin friendly and penetrates cells. The total combined results far exceed using just one or two vitamins.
If you're looking to start incorporating this wonderful Vitamin into your daily skincare then choose from MISMO's ACE Vitamin C Serum (a treatment serum every person should have!). This serum combines Vitamin A with C & E in the correct proportions to produce a highly effective and potent anti-ageing serum.
PLEASE NOTE: Caution should always be exercised using prescription Vitamin A creams and gels. They are not recommended during pregnancy. Please follow your doctor's advice. Over the counter skin care products are far milder than prescription lines.