Is Vitamin C Good For Acne?
In this article we will be talking about Vitamin C products, its benefits and what it’s good for. So, read on to find out more!
How Does Vitamin C Serum Help With Acne?
When you think of Vitamin C, you probably think of all the fruit and veg and that you need to eat more to improve your skin. This is true but we’re also talking about external use of vitamin C i.e. serums and creams that are loaded with Vitamin C to help with different skin concerns. So let’s start with Acne. How does Vitamin C help with acne?
Vitamin C Reduces Inflammation
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition caused by blocked pores. It leads to redness, swelling, and sometimes pustules, which are inflamed bumps that contain pus Vitamin C contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce the redness and swelling that comes with acne. The results are more prominent when applied directly to the skin and helps improve the appearance of acne marks and scars. As acne is a highly inflammatory condition that can be exacerbated by environmental stressors, so Vitamin C may play a role in treating it. We recommend products such as DermaQuest C-infusion Serum and Obagi Professional-C serum.
Vitamin C Boosts Collagen
Collagen is the protein that gives skin its structure, suppleness, and stretch. There are many types of collagen, but our body mainly consists of type 1, 2, and 3. As we age, we produce less collagen in our skin every year. Vitamin C plays a major role in the production of pro-collagen, the body's precursor to collagen. Therefore, getting enough Vitamin C is crucial. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. This protein is naturally present in your skin and helps keep it from sagging. But your body slows down collagen production as you age. Vitamin C applied to the skin can encourage new collagen to grow. It also helps maintain the collagen you do have and protects the precious protein from damage.
Vitamin C And Acne Scars
Whilst it’s mostly known for its skin brightening skills, vitamin C is a strong antioxidant. Acne scars take two forms: atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic scars are often deep-set, and result from the body being unable to regenerate skin after sustaining significant skin damage. Hypertrophic scars are thick scars (sometimes raised) that result from the overproduction of collagen after an injury to the skin – in this case, due to acne. While little research has been done on Vitamin C’s efficacy in treating acne scars, topical Vitamin C has been found to improve the complexion when treating hyperpigmentation and melasma. Vitamin C’s ability to reduce hyperpigmentation suggests it has the potential to reduce the appearance of, if not completely treat, acne scars.
Vitamin C May Reduce Hyperpigmentation
As a strong antioxidant, Vitamin C increases skin cell turnover, boosting the skin's regeneration process and diminishing hyperpigmentation. Stronger serums with a higher percentage of Vitamin C will have the best results such as Obagi Professional-C Serum 15% and 20%. Since it hinders melanin production, Vitamin C can actually fade hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation including sunspots, age spots, and melasma occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain areas of the skin.
How To Use Vitamin C Serum?
Use the pipette in the bottle of serum to squeeze 2 to 3 drops of Obagi Professional-C serum into an open palm. Then, rub the fingers of your other hand into the oil and dab some of it onto your cheeks and forehead. Massage the oil evenly across the rest of your face. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before applying moisturiser. Apply it after your DermaQuest Essential Daily cleanser and before your DermaQuest Essential moisturiser, so as step two of the morning and night time skincare routine.
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