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Vitamin C and Skin Health

Vitamin C and Skin Health

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical absorption of  ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells.

  1.  Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage
  2. Helps boost healthy collagen production.
  3. Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage.
  4. Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response.
  5. Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposureOrange


Vitamin C in the skin is normally transported from the bloodstream. Transport proteins specific for ascorbic acid are found on cells in all layers of the skin. Oral supplementation with vitamin C effectively increases vitamin C levels in the skin.

Topical application

Vitamin C can be applied to the skin through topical application. The stratum corneum the top lair of the skin is the primary obstacle to efficient vitamin C absorption from external sources; removal of the stratum corneum by laser, chemical, or mechanical methods enhances absorption.

The stability of vitamin C in topical solutions is a concern, as exposures to air, heat, and/or light may slowly degrade vitamin C.

Dry skin

Higher intakes of vitamin C have been linked with a decreased risk of dry skin. In cell culture models, addition of vitamin C promotes the synthesis of barrier lipids, Using topical vitamin C on the skin helps decreased skin roughness.