Vitamin C Serum (VC 15): FAQs by Patients
VC15 is the first vitamin C serum in India. It contains L-ascorbic acid at a concentration of 15%. It is a stable formulation. VC15 promises to be non-irritating and non-comedogenic. It is available in a bottle of 15 ml along with a dropper.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and L-ascorbic acid is the active form of vitamin C. It is an important component of the skin. Exposure to sunlight and environmental pollution decreases vitamin C from the centre layers of the skin. Hence, the skin needs an external supply of vitamin C, which can now be provided with VC15.
Oral vitamin C is prescribed for various skin ailments. Since the absorption of vitamin C from the intestine is limited, oral supplementation with vitamin C does little to increase its skin concentration. Therefore, application of vitamin C locally is the preferred method to increase its presence in the skin.
Serums are water based and clear, hence, most skin types can use them. A serum is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin because it is made up of smaller molecules. So, to achieve the maximum benefits, VC15 is available as a serum formulation.
Patients with signs of photodamaged/ aging skin (dryness, dull complexion, rough texture, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots), melasma/ hyperpigmentation, and acne (prevention of acne scars) can benefit from VC15.
The following properties of topical vitamin C support its different uses:
According to a trial conducted with VC15 in Indian patients with photodamaged skin, where it was used for 12 weeks, improvement was evident in skin hydration, texture and pigmentation by 8 weeks of therapy.
According to a trial conducted with VC15 in Indian patients with melasma where it was used for 16 weeks, improvement was by 8 weeks of therapy.
One should use 7 to 10 drops of VC15 once daily, regularly. Duration of VC15 use depends on the severity of the skin problem. Hence one should use VC15 as per the dermatologist's advice.
The side effects reported with use of topical vitamin C are mild and typically resolve in the first 2 months of therapy. These minor side effects included stinging, erythema, and dry skin.
Non-comedogenic: Comedones are the first stage of pimples. Certain products on application may cause comedones. Non-comedogenic products do not cause comedones.
Photodamaged skin: Damage to the skin due to long-term sun exposure.
Hyperpigmentation: Dark patches on the skin
Melasma:Disorder of hyperpigmentation
Photoprotection: Protection from sunlight
Collagen: Protein present in the skin, which provides support to the skin
Antioxidant: Oxidants are substances that are generated due to sun exposure, pollution, smoking, etc., and which damage the normal tissue of the skin. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize the action of the oxidants.
Depigmentation: Lightening of the dark patches
Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is a response of the skin to any kind of injury which presents as redness, swelling, pain and itching. Anti-inflammatory substances reduce the signs of inflammation.