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BfR Recommends Restriction on Use of Vitamin A in Cosmetic Products

February 25, 2014

The Bundesinstitut fur Risikobewertung (BfR) is recommending for the restriction of Vitamin A in use for cosmetic products especially for faces and hand care.

According to the group, Vitamin A is a fat-soluble substances belonging to the category of retinoids. BfR suggests that excessive intake of Vitamin A could possibly lead to headaches and nausea. A chronically high intake may also result to liver disease and flaky skin.

High Vitamin A intake is being seen as a possible result in reduction in bone mineral density. Epidemiological studies have led to relevant indications arose with a daily Vitamin A intake of 1.5 to 2 mg.

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends a daily intake of Vitamin A for adults of approximately 1 mg of retinol equivalents; this is usually achieved through a balanced diet.

For adults, it is recommended that no more than 3 mg of retinol equivalents are ingested per day.