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How Vitamin C Can Help Lighten Your Skin Colour

How Vitamin C Can Help Lighten Your Skin Colour

There is an increasing awareness that vitamin C has a wide variety of roles in human health. New therapeutic uses are being investigated constantly, and, among recent discoveries is that Vitamin C can play an important part in the health and the appearance of your skin. Vitamin C, as ascorbyl form has been tested extensively and reported in the journal of American Academy of Dermatology to inhibit the production of the melanin in the skin. Since melanin, in one or other forms is the pigment that gives skin a darker colour, the use of a suitable form of vitamin C can help lighten skin within the reasonably short time of about 8 weeks.

Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, the protein that forms the skin’s substructure and is responsible for its firmness. The production of collagen unfortunately tends to decline progressively as we age, probably due to a gradual decrease in capillary blood supply and hence vitamin C. It seems quite likely that the topical application of vitamin C in a skin-penetrating medium can make more collagen production possible and hence rejuvenate the skin, decreasing lines and wrinkles and encouraging a brighter appearance.

Another important consideration is that vitamin C helps in the regeneration of  vitamin E in the skin. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, but it can only suppress a limited number of free radicals before it runs out of electrons to donate. Vitamin C provides the means for this, and regenerates vitamin E, and enables it to  provide sustained antioxidant protection in the skin’s elastin fibres..

Vitamin C plays a vital role in skin repair. If your skin is injured, its Vitamin C content is used up rapidly in the scavenging of free radicals, and in synthesizing collagen to speed the healing process.

collagen to speed the healing process.

Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl glucosamine, and ascorbic acid are various forms of vitamin C that are considered stable and effective antioxidants for skin health. There are also a few studies showing them to have benefit for inhibiting melanin production. The concentrations of these ingredients used in tests were generally high (more than 5%), which is higher than usually found in cosmetics

An interesting process to help the absorption of vitamin C into the skin is that of iontophoresis .This essentially, is like the injection of a substance without the use of a needle. A chamber of the active ingredient in a solvent or vehicle is electrically charged, and when a similar charge is applied by means of a small electric current, the corresponding repulsion between the two similar charges causes the material in the chamber to be forced into the skin. Iontophoresis has been used in hospitals for many years but it seems that only recently has the idea of administering vitamin C in this way been thought of. The procedure is virtually free from discomfort but needs to be repeated several times in order to achieve noticeable skin lightening, and to maintain the result. Apparently this treatment is available in some hospitals or clinics in Thailand for reasonable cost and results are said to be better than those achieved with cream or lotions alone.

It must surely be better to pursue these kinds of treatments using natural compounds like vitamins rather than use the often touted harsh chemical agents such as hydroquinone, with their known potential dangers.

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