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How to Use Vitamin A on Your Face

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author image Blair Foy
Blair Foy began writing in 2006. She has been published in the "Rochester Post-Bulletin," "Pierce County Herald," "St. Charles Press," "Red Wing Republican Eagle" and "UW-RF Student Voice." Foy earned a Master of Arts in mass communication from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
How to Use Vitamin A on Your Face
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Vitamins play a key part in staying healthy -- and your skin is no exception. As the main ingredient in retinol, Vitamin A has a pivotal role in skin health by clearing out clogged pores, smoothing the skin tone and boosting collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines. While prescription-strength Vitamin A-based creams (retinoids) are available through a dermatologist, over-the-counter retinol creams are also an option -- just expect a time span of twelve weeks before you see results.

Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and towel dry. Before you apply a retinol cream to your face, be sure your skin is clean to allow for the best absorption.

Step 2

Wait 15 minutes after you dry your face to apply a retinol product. Use only a pea-size amount of retinol cream on your entire face, taking care to not get the product too close to the eyes.

Step 3

Rub a moisturizer with sunscreen over your entire face. Retinol products increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so be sure to wear a moisturizer with sunscreen under your makeup.

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