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Vitamin A is a group of compounds found as either active retinoids or inactive carotenoids. Retinoids are only found in animal products, and carotenoids are high in mainly red and orange fruits and vegetables, therefore, it could be suggested that those on a plant-based diet could benefit from a retinol supplement.
Vitamin A deficiency has very serious health implications but is rare in the developed world. The most common reason for vitamin A supplementation is to treat acne. Vitamin A has been shown to reduce inflammation and is a powerful antioxidant, both of which could contribute to the appearance of healthier skin.
However, taking too much vitamin A can cause more harm than good. Vitamin A is fat soluble, and not water soluble, so it’s much harder for your body to get rid of excess.