Retinol | Potential risks for our health

Retinol is one of three available forms of vitamin A, along with retinal and retinoic acid. It is presented as an anti-aging by some cosmetic brands

Its effect on the skin remains to be demonstrated. However, the potential risks for our health are real

Canada | restricts its use. Germany calls for its restriction. | The BfR study | explains that excessive intake of Vitamin A may lead to:
- headaches and nausea
- liver disease
- flaky skin
- reduction in bone mineral density 

It is recommended a daily input of 1mg vitamin A and no more than 3 mg of retinol equivalents for an adult. A maximum of 1.5mg is recommended for women after menopause and pregnant women. Studies have shown that we can ingest 1.8mg of retinol equivalents from normal diet

Therefore an intake via cosmetic products greatly increases the risks. The BfR thus recommends a restriction of the % of vitamin A and a ban on this ingredient in lip and body care products

Lastly, | data from a FDA study | indicate that retinoid ingredients may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin

In October 2022, the | SCCS of the European Union | recommanded that vitamin A in cosmetics have maximum concentrations of 0.05% Retinol Equivalent (RE) in body lotion, and 0.3% RE for other products


In addition to making you feel bad, these retinol products are potentially bad to your health. You will never find this ingredient at Amalthea 

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