If you’re here, then you probably Google’d: what does vitamin c do for your skin. This subject along with many others are quite common, we will do our best to answer this and many other similar questions in this article which should ease your mind regarding this subject.
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Is Topical Vitamin C Important For Skin Health?
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03/2020 Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on November 03, 2020
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Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute: “Vitamin C and Skin Health.”
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Hyperpigmentation.”
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology: “Topical Vitamin C and the Skin: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Applications.”
Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School: “Skin Serum: What it Can and Can’t do.”
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Dietary Nutrient Intakes and Skin-aging Appearance Among Middle-aged American Women.”
Cedars-Sinai: “Collagen for Your Skin: Healthy or Hype?”
Nutrients: “The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health.”
Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School: “Finding the Right Serum for Your Skin.”
Cleveland Clinic: “Understanding the Ingredients in Skin Care Products.”
Mayo Clinic: “Wrinkle Creams: Your Guide to Younger Looking Skin.”
National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.
First Off, What Is Vitamin C?
As far as your skin is concerned, vitamin C is “a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals,” explains board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D. In other words, antioxidants help keep our body and our skin cells healthy. In neutralizing these free radicals, vitamin C may also help protect skin from precancerous changes caused by UV exposure, Joshua Zeichner, M.D., the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously told Allure.