Vitamin C in Aesthetic Dermatology
Vitamin C is considered one of the most significant and essential ingredients in skin care products. It provides the following benefits:
- It is proven for boosting the volume of collagen production
- Evens skin tone and contains strong antioxidant properties
Vitamin C for skin care should be used properly. Consult with your physician to determine which brands are most suitable for your unique skin type. Misuse of this ingredient can create unwanted conditions such as inflamed skin.
All patients are recommended to be on an appropriate skin care regime for their skin type. This includes daily sun protection, a cleanser, retinoid, and antioxidant. Ascorbic acid is shown to be a highly successful antioxidant that increases collagen production by fibroblasts and inhibit tyrosinase while scavenging free radicals.
Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables, has the ability to increase collagen production while scavenging antioxidant activity. It is able to interfere and inhibit UV-induced generation of reactive oxygen species. In a 2001 study of 10 postmenopausal women, it was revealed that daily topical application of 5% L-ascorbic acid lead to an increase in collagen in the skin.
Since ascorbic acid easily depletes on the skin, topical use of Vitamin C is preferred. Patients can apply ascorbic acid topically in the morning and add a Vitamin C supplement to their diet.
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