L-Ascorbic Acid: Your Skin + Vitamin C

03.13.2015, 11:16 CDT | Posted In: Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

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Have you seen the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt, in which his character ages backwards? From an elderly man through middle age to youth, he grows younger and younger as time goes on. Unfortunately, aging backwards is not actually possible in real life, but diminishing the look of visible signs of skin aging can be! With an effective skin care regimen and a bit of perseverance, your skin can appear fresher and younger looking.

As we age, our skin doesn’t snap back like the way it did in our younger years, resulting in more signs of skin aging, such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. L-Ascorbic Acid is the active form of Vitamin C and is proven to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.1,2 In addition, Vitamin C has been shown to help:  

  • Calm skin3
  • Brighten skin4
  • Retain moisture5
  • Stabilize Vitamin E6

Topically, L-Ascorbic Acid is found in the Obagi’s Professional-C™ serums in concentrations of 10%, 15%, and 20%. You can apply a few drops of the serum to the face, neck, and chest every morning before your sunscreen to start gaining the beneficial properties of Vitamin C. Check with your skin care physician to see if one of our Vitamin C serums would be a valuable addition to your regimen.

You might not grow younger (a la Brad Pitt), but your skin can certainly benefit from Vitamin C.

You can read success stories from women like you who have benefited from Obagi’s line of Professional-C products, and let us know in the comments below: what is your go-to Professional-C Product?


Last updated: 3/29/17



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  2. Vitamin C in dermatology. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2013 Apr-Jun; 4(2): 143–146. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/.
  3. Farris PK. Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31(7 pt 2):814-818.
  4. Kameyama K, Sakai C, Kondoh S, et al. Inhibitory effect of magnesium L-ascorbyl-2-phosphate (VC-PMG) on melanogenesis in vitro and in vivo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996;34(1):29-33.
  5. Campos PM, Gonçalves GM, Gaspar LR. In vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo efficacy of topical formulations containing vitamin C and its derivatives studied by non-invasive methods. Skin Res Technol. 2008;14(3):376-380.
  6. Burgess C. Topical vitamins. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008;7(7 suppl):52-56.

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