Are you struggling with acne and want out? Are you tired of the pimples on your face and you just want a blemish-free skin? Then you might just need to consider Vitamin C for acne…
Before I delve right into the topic (vitamin c for acne), let’s look at some vital info about vitamin C:
- It is a powerful antioxidant that stops the effect of free radicals that are responsible for skin aging. Vitamin C breaks the radicals down into harmless compounds that are neutral to the skin.
- Vitamin C makes the skin looks clearer and even out the skin tone
- Vitamin C rejuvenates the skin and acts as a barrier against toxins that cause blemishes on the skin.
- Vitamin C reduces the appearance of dark areas
- Vitamin C helps in the production of new skin by promoting collagen and elastin production. Vitamin C strengthens the skin cells, making them firmer and tighter. Here you can find more on the skin and hair benefits of Vitamin C
2 Types of Vitamin C
This type comes from natural sources – fruits, vegetables, plants, etc. Some examples of food sources are peppers, citrus fruits, berries, etc.
Vitamin C formulated in the lab, usually from acetone, corn syrup, and many others. Examples of synthetic vitamin C are
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
- Sodium Ascorbyl Palmitate
- L-ascorbic Acid
- Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Ascorbyl Glucosamine
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, etc.
How Acne Is Formed On Your Skin
Acne is caused when the sebum coming from the sebaceous gland is prevented by a clogged Keratin layer (honey layer or the outer skin). When this happens, the sebum begins to accumulate within the epidermis, causing swellings on the surface of the skin.
In my previous article on acne, I discussed the various stages of acne. If these swellings are not inflamed by the acne-causing bacteria (P.acne), then they can be either blackhead or whiteheads. Otherwise, the swelling, with the activities of the acne-causing bacteria, may form papules, pustules, or cysts.
I believe you understand my point, right? So, here is where Vitamin C comes to the rescue.
Why Vitamin C For Acne?
By now, you already know that vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It is also an anti-inflammatory. You see, when the P.acne bacteria inflames the swollen sebum in your enclosed pores, there is inflammation in the form of redness and pain (most especially).
When you applied Vitamin C topically or use it orally, it tones down this reaction, reducing redness and pain. In other words, Vitamin C prevents the immune system from overreacting to the effects of the acne-causing bacteria.
Also, Vitamin C prevents the occurrence of damage to your skin by strengthening the collagen and elastin fibers – proteins responsible for creating new skin cells.
3 Vitamin C for Acne Treatments
Now It’s time to consider some fast DIY for your acne using Vitamin C
Vitamin C Oral Use
The vitamin C foundation recommends that you take 1000mg three times daily. Taking it three times daily will increase the chances of having Vitamin C in your system all through the day. Vitamin C is water soluble, and it rarely stays in the bloodstream longer than 30 minutes.
You can always get the recommended usage of Vitamin C from your fruits and food, and from supplements.
Vitamin C Serum
There are tones of serums you can use on your acne-infested skin. Apart from being a potent antioxidant, Vitamin C Serum will lighten your acne and pimples scars
Make Your Vitamin C Serum
- 2 Tablespoons Distilled Water
- Half Tablespoon Glycerin
- Half Tablespoon L-ascorbic Acid
- Dark glass bottle
- First sterilize your glass bottle in alcohol, bleach, or hot water. Make sure the bottle is completely dry
- Add your Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid) in the bottle
- Add your Distilled Water and stir very well
- Add your glycerin and mix properly
- Apply few drops on your cotton wool and apply it on your neck, face, and you can use it on dark areas as well
- Store in a dark area to slow down the oxidation time of Vitamin C
Vitamin C Cream
If you will like to have more than a serum, then you can quickly prepare this cream for maximum result.
- Distilled Water or deionized water —————————80.3%
- Emulsifying Wax-—————————————————2%
- Stearic Acid———————————————————-1%
- Cetyl Alcohol——————————————————–1%
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil——————————————-12%
Vitamin E Acetate————————————————-0.5%
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid)————————————–1%
Tea Tree Essential Oil———————————————0.2%
- Add ingredient (A) into a beaker
- Add (B) into another heat-resistant glass and stir well
- Heat both beaker to 66 degree Celsius. Remove both (A) and (B) from heat when thoroughly melted
- Combine (A) with (B) and stir properly
- Wait for the temperature to drop to 40 degree Celsius and add (C) to the mixture of A/B one after the other and mix after each addition
- Store in a cool/ dark place
- Use twice daily (morning and night) for best result
- You can adjust the viscosity with GelMaker EMU
- This formulation is not preserved. Store in the refrigerator after each use
Although Vitamin C is good and will help you with your acne inflammation most especially, depending on Vitamin C to cure your acne problem is what I don’t advice.
Read more on the detailed Acne article to see more potent options. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to drop your comments below.