What Is Vitamin C?

Chances are high, if you’ve spent lots of time searching the internet for what products are necessities for your skin care routine – You have come across vitamin C. You start by asking, what even is vitamin C? Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radical damage and can aid in your skin’s natural regeneration process. Vitamin C will help to brighten, lighten, and tighten the skin. In the same way consuming antioxidant rich foods helps your body to keep a healthy immune system, applying vitamin C topically to your skin will help it to fight off free radical damage in the skin and help to protect the skin from daily aggressors such as UV rays and pollution. 

Vitamin C also inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase which helps to prevent melanin production and can help to prevent any sun spots, hyper pigmentation, and in some cases even melasma. While working against free radicals, vitamin C will also help to protect the skin against sun damage and harmful UV rays.

How Does Vitamin C Help Acne?

As you know from our blog, acne has many contributing factors, one of which can be oxidative stress. Oxidative stress begins on the outside of the cell, then progresses all the way into the DNA of our mitochondria to the point where our cells no longer know what they’re doing. Free radicals in our environment are constantly seeking out other electrons in our skin that they can bond with them to become a pair, damaging our cells causing this alzheimer’s effect in the cell in the process. When your skin is undergoing free radical oxidation, your sebum production is altered as well, producing more oil and acne. Adding a vitamin C into our skincare routine will help to combat this process, by giving these free radicals an electron, making them harmless to the skin, and keeping the skin healthy and balanced. Below are some ways that acne can improve your acne. 

  • Vitamin C will help to reduce redness in the skin.
  • Vitamin C will help to improve the skin texture through increased collagen production. 
  • Vitamin C can improve redness in the skin, showing an improved tone.
  • Vitamin C can reduce inflammation by clearing the skin of free radicals. 
  • Vitamin C can also help with blackheads by reducing sebum oxidation.