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Vitamin A and Retinol Quick Reference Guide


Need A Helpful Vitamin A and Retinol Skin Care Guideline?

You have either heard a lot about using retinol or vitamin A in your skin care regime or maybe you have never come across it.

Either way you may be confused about using it. Read this quick and helpful guide to find out what it is, why you should use it, its benefits, pros, cons, and Dr Alek Nikolic’s Retinol product recommendations or just to be directed correctly.

What Is It?

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.

“Vitamin A has been proven with numerous studies to be a super star anti-ageing ingredient for the skin.” – Dr Alek Nikolic

Fast Fact:

To get benefits on your skin from Vitamin A or retinol it needs to be applied topically or used as part of your skin care regime.

The Skin Pros:

  • Reduction of pigmentation marks
  • Stimulation of collagen, elastin, and GAGS production
  • Improvement of fine lines and wrinkles
  • A more healthy and youthful glow to one’s skin
  • An improvement of skin laxity
  • Smoother skin texture and an improvement of breakouts, blemishes and bumps
  • Reduction of excess oil production
  • Improved appearance of pores

The Skin Cons:

  • Increased sun sensitivity: so wearing a good SPF is vital
  • A burning feeling or s stinging or tingling sensation of the skin: this is usually mild and lasts for a short time after the first application
  • A slight peeling of skin (mild)
  • Inflammation or Redness of the skin (mild)
  • Unusual dryness of skin (mild)
  • And an unusually warm feel to the skin (mild)

Need More Info?

  1. Further Reading & Recommended In Depth Articles:

  2. For More Skincare Advice:

  1. See Our Full Treatment Product List With Vitamin A: please click here

  2. Dr Alek Nikolic’s Top Vitamin A & Retinol Picks:

About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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