Vitamin A, B and C form the abc of skin care by dermatologists. I am going to summarize the A,B, C for skin care and in regard of what they do for the skin which what they did to mine basically. These vitamins can treat skin conditions ranging from zits through to wrinkles.
Vitamin A is also known as a retinoid and this commonly prescribed as retinol. Most useful for blackheads, whiteheads, acne, zits, anti-ageing, wrinkles and collagen production. Retinoid can be divided to retinoid acid which this ingredient is derived from Vitamin A and belongs to a family of nutrients called retinoid. Most of the prescriptions medication which dermatologist write are basically retinoid acid. That is absorb into your skin but the over counter products are retinol. so that's converted about between 2-3% into retinoid acid which then regenerate the skin.
What does Vitamin A do? Vitamin A increases the turnover of the skin every 30 days. Vitamin A can decrease wrinkles, pigmentation, increase skin thickness and regenerate collagen. It also stimulate blood vessels what we call a retinoid glow which means we will have nice, pink, healthy skin.
The downside of Vitamin A however is it can cause irritation and that's when Vitamin B comes in. The way to start to use Vitamin A is to start with a low concentration first then gradually increase it. If you do experience some irritation u can use Vitamin A cream and mix it half half pea size drop and half half increase as tolerated. Use it every second night and avoid around your eyes.
Vitamin B is also call Niacinamide and this is the active form of Vitamin B3. What does it do? First of all it increase the barrier function by increasing what we known as Ceramide. What this actually means that we can tolerate other topical such as Vitamin A. So, they call can go hand in hand ( A,B and C) . So they all is an anti-inflammatory and can be useful to treat acne as well as acne rosacea. The great thing about Vitamin B than Vitamin A is you have this inflammatory skin conditions. If you're pregnant, Vitamin B is absolutely safe. Vitamin B is can improve skin pigmentation and most recent studies have shown it can reduce skin can cancer.
What ingredients to look for in Vitamin B? We are looking for 5% of Niainamide. Vitamin B -5% to 10% Niacinamide is ideally good. Everyone can use this, it's not limited like Vitamin A which It's excluded in pregnancy and breastfeed. Anyone can start slow and work yourself up. Vitamin B has been proven actually worked!
The most common form of Vitamin C is called L ascorbic acid. That's the only form that absorb and that's the most common form which we see in our prescription medication. This can be apply by using a cream or serum and often combine with a roller pin to infuse it into the skin. what does it actually do? Vitamin C does a lot of things and can reduce UV damage by the sun because it is antioxidant which is the main thing. It is also an anti inflammatory which it can also reduce unwanted facial pigmentation and is used as an active ingredient to treat melasma. Vitamin C can also stimulate collagen, decrease skin pores and pore sizing as well as reduce wrinkle.
When do you use this? Timing of vitamin application is individualized. Logically you should not place all three on at the same time. Its a routine that depends on your skin sensitivity. As a guide, Vitamin A at night... 3-6 nights per week, vitamin C in the am, and vitamin B as tolerated. Simple guide that can be modified. Not a regimental program..... just a guide.
Remember to start slow, dose of Vitamin C or L Ascorbic Acid start at 10% then go up to 15% and then 20%. Final tip for Vitamin C is because it's an antioxidant, keep it at the dark place or cool place such as fridge or drawer to make sure the ingredients is active.
Hopefully this article give you confident when you're looking for skin care products and how to analyse it when someone try to sell you things you know what actually looking or paying for.