January 14, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Is vitamin C good for your skin?

Vitamin C is unique among antioxidants because of its ability to increase collagen production in addition to free radical scavenging activity. 

However, there are no studies to indicate oral ingestion of vitamin C increases cutaneous vitamin C levels – which means you must apply it topically to receive the unique skincare benefits it has to offer.

As a result, vitamin C has become a popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare.

Stretch Marks

stretch marks pregnant belly

When the body expands faster than our skin can stretch, stretch marks form.

Vitamin C can improve the texture of stretch marks by increasing collagen synthesis. 

The depigmenting effects lighten the color associated with stretch marks, and the anti-inflammatory properties help diminish the redness of fresh lesions.

Skin Aging, Sagging, & Wrinkles

wrinkles

Skin aging occurs can be thought of in 2 processes, natural aging caused by passage of time and lifestyle factors like smoking, sun, chemical, and pollutant exposure.

It has been shown to improve the levels of collagen in postmenopausal women and

reduce wrinkle depth and improve skin elasticity associated with sagging skin. 

In fact, a 6 months double-blind trial showed 5% vitamin c solution showed significant improvement in deep furrows on the neck and forearm of healthy women.

Sunburns, Photoaging, & Sunspots

woman sunning

Popular in after-sun products due to its ability to delay UV induced tissue masses in mice.  Pigs also had fewer sunburn cells when exposed to UVA & UVB radiation.

It has been shown in studies that when topical vitamin C is combined with sunscreen, it is more effective than sunscreen alone at preventing sun damage.

Furthermore, vitamin C has been shown to brighten the complexion and reduce sun-related age spots, due to its ability to inhibit melanin production.

Rough, Dry Skin

rough dry wrinkled skin

Dry skin is very common as we age, due to a loss of glycosaminoglycans, which impairs our ability to maintain moisture levels.  Vitamin C enhances production of barrier lipids, which help lock in moisture.

Acne

woman acne face

Skin blemishes and disorders impact more than just teenagers, adults are prone to impurities and inflammation as well.

Vitamin C has been shown to help reduce acne by inhibiting sebum production and reducing the  bacteria which cause pimples to form.

Scarring, Keloids, Wounds & Inflammatory lesions

hand wound

Vitamin C enhances collagen formation and restores barrier lipids, allowing your skin to heal faster after injury, and prevent scarring.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11407971

 



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