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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

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What is Vitamin C?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Vitamin C is “a water-soluble vitamin C6H8O6 found in plants and especially in fruits and leafy vegetables or made synthetically and used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy and as an antioxidant for foods”.
What does Vitamin C have to do with my body?
Vitamin C is found on epidermis (the outer most layer of the skin) and dermis (second layer, attached to epidermis) layers of the skin.
Did you know Vitamin C works great with Vitamin E?
So, what will Vitamin C do for my skin?
“Vitamin C contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage, and is needed for adequate wound healing. Oral supplementation with vitamin C may help prevent UV-induced damage, especially in combination with supplemental vitamin E (Michels, 2011).” “Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant drug that can be used topically in dermatology to treat and prevent changes associated with photoageing. It can also be used for the treatment of hyperpigmentation (Telang, 2013).”
 Will Vitamin C harm me?
“Topical Vit. C is largely safe to use on a daily basis for long durations. It can safely be used in conjunction with other common topical anti-ageing agents such as sunscreens, tretinoin, other antioxidants and alfa hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid. Minor adverse reactions include a yellowish discoloration of the skin, hypopigmented hair and staining of clothes, which occur due to oxidative changes of Vit. C. Once applied, Vit. C cannot be fully washed or wiped off the skin. Rarely, stinging, erythema and dryness are observed after use of topical Vit. C. These can easily be treated using a moisturiser. Care must be taken while applying Vit. C around the eyes (Telang, 2013)”.
What happens if I don’t have enough Vitamin C in my body?
According to Merck Manuel “In developed countries, vitamin C deficiency can occur as part of general undernutrition, but severe deficiency (causing scurvy) is uncommon. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, and connective tissue defects (eg, gingivitis, petechiae, rash, internal bleeding, impaired wound healing). In infants and children, bone growth may be impaired. Diagnosis is usually clinical. Treatment consists of oral vitamin C.”
What types of products can I use on my skin?
Vitamin C comes in topical forms such as serums or creams. There are products that specify whether Vitamin C is contained in the ingredient listing such as lotions, shampoos, and conditioners. Many of these products are purposed for anti-aging, dry skin, and collagen boosting which assists with elasticity of the skin.
Are there any other forms of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C can be taken orally as tablet, capsule, liquid vitamin or powder. It can also be injected but requires physician authorization and possibly administration- please seek physician’s council on matters before use.
 
Before trying any products its highly recommended to test a small area of the skin for any allergic or adverse reactions. If pregnant, please consult a physician before use. Only apply as directed and if you have any current conditions make sure to consult a physician.
References:
Johnson, Larry E., Merck Manuel, March 2018. “Vitamin C”. Web. Retrieved 11 November 2018 from https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/vitamin-deficiency,-dependency,-and-toxicity/vitamin-c
Michels, Alexander J., September 2011. “Vitamin C and Skin Health”, Oregon State University. Web. Retrieved 11 November 2018 from https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C
Telang, Pumori Saokar, Indian Dermatol Online J. 2013 Apr-Jun; 4(2): 143–146. “Vitamin C in Dermatology”. Indian Dermatology Online Journal. Web. Retrieved 11 November 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/

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