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Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum Review

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mad hippie vitamin a serum
January 21, 2015 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 3 Comments
TRU Rating
An effective face serum that is good for those who've had difficulty tolerating retinol or retinoic acid products


No irritation and visible skin improvement



by Natasha

Being a fan of Mad Hippie products such as the Vitamin C Serum and the Exfoliating Serum, I was eager to try the Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum ($32.99). I am in my mid-50s with oily and very sensitive skin. I had mild acne when I was younger and still get an occasional pimple from time to time. In recent years, I have also occasionally developed a few persistent milia. I have had some success with the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum for the milia, but felt frustrated that they kept returning. I have tried retinoic acid and retinol products periodically over the years with mixed results because my skin is so sensitive. While I have seen some improvement with the use of Vitamin A creams in the past, I also had stopped using them because I felt that my skin was getting even more sensitive. Because of this, I had not used these products for some time and was interested to see if my skin would tolerate this formulation.

According to the Mad Hippie website, the product features retinyl retinoate, a "revolutionary new form of vitamin A that is 2x more bioavailable than retinol while also being significantly more stable." They cite 2010 and 2012 studies that state that this form of vitamin A is less drying and irritating than retinoic acid (the form that requires a prescription) and retinol (found in many over-the-counter products). The serum also includes antioxidants like coffee berry and alpha lipoic acid, as well as anti-inflammatory ingredients such as phytoceramides and oat beta glucan

I began the trial using the product as instructed, every other day, and applying my usual moisturizer over it after it dried. I did not experience any irritation, and after the first ten days, I increased the frequency of use. The serum applies easily and dries down to a matte finish quickly. I continued not to experience any irritation.

At first, I did not notice any observable difference in my skin, except that a couple of stubborn milia resolved, which I felt very happy about. At about three weeks into the trial, my husband, who does not usually comment on my skin, mentioned that I was looking "especially nice" lately. Since this is the only thing I am doing differently, I have to credit the Vitamin A Serum! At the end of the four weeks, I noted that fine lines on my forehead were improved and that my marionette lines also looked better. My skin felt smoother and slightly less oily. 

Now that the trial is completed, I plan to continue to use the Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum, at least during the cooler months. I live in Southern California, and am concerned about sun sensitivity during the peak sunshine months, even though I wear sunscreen religiously. I would definitely recommend this product to others who may have had difficulty tolerating retinol or retinoic acid products in the past.

  • July 2, 2018

    by Brittany

    In your opinion, how did the Vitamin A Serum compare to the Exfoliating Serum? Which do you prefer and why?

  • September 19, 2015

    by Melissa

    I have been using the Vitamin A serum every other night & the C serum daily in the AM prior to moisturizer. LOVE THEM BOTH!!!!! Used both nearly a year now.....
    I have combo skin, perioral dermatitis, and am sensitive in general. This didn't break me out at all, but I don't use it when my dermatitis is acting up. The A serum does make skin feel quite dry so after letting it absorb 10 min. I put my night cream on & it's fine. The vitamin A serum has a funky smell that goes away quickly, NO BIG DEAL. I'm glad they didn't do extra stuff to adjust the smell. It's perfect the way it is, don't want any risk to the efficacy of this product.
    My skin is smoother, pores nearly invisible, & my skin GLOWs. THANKS FOR THESE AWESOME PRODUCTS=)

  • January 22, 2015

    by Marta

    Thank you for your review Natasha. I was too chicken to try this as I don't do well with most retinols as my skin is sensitive. But your experience sounds as if it is fairly gentle. Wear sunscreen if using during the day as you will become more sun sensitive with this product

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