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Is Vitamin C Really All that Great?

Is Vitamin C Really All That Great?

Vitamin C is one of the first and most commonly used antioxidants. It was first patented in skincare by Dr. Sheldon Pinnell in 1992, which led to the famous formulation launched by Skin Ceuticals in 1997. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it cleans up the damaging debris that we expose our skin to daily, like sun and pollution. It can also help brighten skin and supports the production of collagen. All of these actions make Vitamin C great at preventing wrinkles and reversing sing of skin aging.


Many bloggers and beauty experts promote the benefits of vitamin C and declare that vitamin C is a “must” in your beauty routine. However, Vitamin C cannot be used by everyone – it can cause irritation in select patients. The irritation patients suffer from using vitamin C counteract its benefits – plus, who wants a rash on their face? This is because Vitamin C comes in many forms, with L-Ascorbic Acid being the most potent and also the most likely to cause stinging, burning, flushing, and a rash. Thus, at Pure Dermatology, we generally have patients avoid Vitamin C if their skin is red, irritated, itchy, or flushes easily.

Also, 1997 was a VERY LONG time ago, and while many refer to SkinCeuticals L-ascorbic acid products as the gold standard, many other antioxidants have been discovered since then. Plus, other Vitamin C molecules have been developed which are more absorbable, stable, and gentle on the skin. Because Vitamin C is an unstable molecule, unfortunately the inexpensive formulations probably do not have the technology to make them effective unless they were created by a large company (La Roche Posay and CeraVe). Vitamin C is very sensitive to sunlight while it is stored, so the best way for your vitamin C to maintain effectiveness is for it to be in dark or amber glass bottle or even better to be in an airless pump.



SkinBetter Science Alto Advanced

We LOVE skinBetter Science Alto Advanced Serum. Yes, it is pricey but it contains vitamin C in the form of Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, making it more well tolerated.  Not only is it more tolerable,  it also contains 17 other antioxidants. That one pump definitely packs a punch! The product is fragrance -free and not tested on animals. Many patients with sensitive skin and rosacea are able to tolerate Alto Advanced with special instructions. Here are just a few of the other cool antioxidants in Alto Advanced:

  • Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Allyl Ester (Allyl PQQ): Patented, super-potent antioxidant technology that effectively neutralizes free radicals produced by the body’s natural, intrinsic processes, and supports more efficient energy creation, critical to the skin’s renewal and repair process.
  • Plankton Extract: Contains an enzyme that supports and helps rejuvenate the appearance of photodamage.
  • Micrococcus Lysate: Contains an enzyme that supports the skin’s natural recovery system following damage as a result of sun exposure.
  • Blend of Coffee, Saffron, Superoxide Dismutase and Ergothioneine: Enhances vitality and radiance.
  • Bisabolol (and) Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract: Synergistic soothing complex. Helps visibly reduce redness and provides comfort to the skin.
  • Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2: Helps to improve the appearance of skin firmness and resiliency.

Enjoy our special this month – buy a 50mL Alto Advanced and get a 15 mL FREE ($98 value). You can purchase in-office or purchase online to take advantage of skinBetter specials as well. If you choose to purchase online, we will call you at the end of the month to pick up your FREE 15ml Alto Advanced ($98 value).

Another way to save – Pure Dermatology has a SkinBetter Shopping with our SkinBetter expert on February 21st! If you shop that day we will give both the January and February Special and have testers and even more FREEBIES! Hope to see you there!

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