Vitamin A is important for our teeth, bones, soft tissues, mucous membranes and our skin. It is also known as retinol because it helps produce the pigments in the retina of our eyes. It is a naturally occurring vitamin that can be found in animal products such as butter, margarine, liver, eggs, cheese, milk and cod liver oil. It is also found in carotenes, such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Carotene is what gives some vegetables and fruits their orange color, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and pumpkins. There are carotenes in most fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin A plays an important role in the health and appearance of our skin. Too little Vitamin A can make your skin dry and flaky. Too much vitamin A can trigger your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum to moisturize your skin, which can lead to oily skin and acne. Having the right balance of vitamin A can mean clean clear and healthy looking skin.