Vitamin A Usage - Fact Sheet
Instructions for Vitamin A Usage
- Always commence using Vitamin A slowly.
- A pea size amount is sufficient for the face and neck.
- Make sure to apply to forehead and jaw line first and finish with the cheeks.
- Should only be used every 3rd night for the first couple of weeks.
- Build up to using Vitamin A every 2nd night once tolerated, eventually using it every night after another couple of weeks.
- Always apply at night because initially it can cause photosensitivity.
- Store Vitamin A in a cool dark place as it is extremely sensitive to both heat and light.
- Vitamin A products should be ceased 3 days prior to any laser, IPL, microdermabrasion, chemical peel or collagen induction therapy treatment. It should not be re-initiated until 3 days post treatment (sometimes longer, depending on treatment sought - we will advise if this is the case during your treatment).
- NEVER USE A PRODUCT CONTAINING VITAMIN A WHEN:
- IF PREGNANCY IS A POSSIBILITY
- IF ATTEMPTING TO BECOME PREGNANT.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS FROM OVER USE OF VITAMIN A – Retinoic Reactions
- Burning & Stinging (whatever is applied to the skin following Vitamin A use may also cause stinging)
- Retinoic Dermatitis ‐ Red Rash with bumps and lumps
- Peeling and flaking
Please contact us should you experience any of the above symptoms on (03) 9369 1088
Managing a retinoic reaction is often as simple as cease using it for a short time (often 1-3 weeks) then slowly start reintroducing the product as indicated above. However, should you find this not possible due to discomfort or reaction, you may need to seek medical advice to confirm the sensitivity and to check for a Vitamin A allergy. However, it should be noted that true allergies to Vitamin A topical products are incredibly rare and often external factors, such as additional products used on the skin or medications currently being taken are amplifying the effects of Vitamin A.