Used in the health and wellness industry, vitamin A is vital for the maintenance of vision, the immune system and growth and body development. ht is all needed for epithelial growth which is found as the form of retinol also known as retinoic acid. Vitamin A propionate is an ester of vitamin A and propionic acid. As the medial size molecule, vitamin A propionate absorbs into the skin at a slower rate than vitamin A acid (Retin A) facilitating less redness, flaking and irritation. Normal skin cell turnover takes approximately 28 to 30 days. When a vitamin A propionate regimen is implemented, skin cell generation is reduced to 10 to 15 days. As a result, the dermis thickens and new collagen is formed. Due to the accelerated exfoliation, acne impactions are flushed out with less chances of scarring, lentigos peel off, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced and hyperpigmentation becomes more even-toned. Vitamin A propionate provides all of the benefits of vitamin A acid without the excess redness, flaking and irritation.
How does vitamin A propionate work? Vitamin A Propionate penetrates into epidermis where it undergoes the conversion into Vitamin A acid, then it’s absorbed into the skin cells by Retinoic Acid Receptors. Once converted, the vitamin A propionate sends a message to the cell to regenerate at a faster rate, encouraging cell production and exfoliation. There is also an increase of collagen and elastin.