MUST READ Vitamin C for Skin Whitening (Updated August 2015)
Please seek doctor’s advice before taking any supplements.
To see which vitamin C I have tried check out my post ->
Which Vitamin C Supplement is Right for Me?
For those who have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I am an avid fan and reviewer of glutathione supplements for skin lightening. It’s also been a while since I last reviewed a certain brand and do you want to know why? Last year, I crossed over an article over the internet that states Vitamin C is enough for skin lightening.
Before posting the article and sharing it to you immediately I decided to experiment and try it on my own for a few months. That is approximately 6 months ago. And you know what? IT works. Vitamin C alone is enough to lighten the skin.
Isn’t it odd that it’s always emphasized that you have to intake twice as much vitamin C for each 500mg glutathione you take, and that you take it in separate doses (3x spread out). Taking vitamin C on its own has no negative sideffects except maybe when too much it can cause diarrhea.
Here’s the link to the article that I’ve mentioned. Here’s the article itself. It’s a long read but WORTH it:
– In healthy adults, Vitamin C raises glutathione levels in the red blood cells and lymphocytes.
– Glutathione helps determine the balance of light and dark pigments (pheomelanin and eumelanin)
in our skin. L-cysteine and the TYRP1 enzyme also play a part in this
balance. (Not to get confused with the glutathione pills, which are
ineffective in lightening the skin. But, the Glutathione that our bodies
* Taking high doses of Vitamin C (1,000 – 3,000 mgs) can help to lighten skin over time.Since you’re reading this page, you’ve probably already asked yourself: can taking Vitamin C really lighten your skin? The short answer is: Yes, it can. But how exactly does Vitamin C help lighten our skin?
The answer to that question is a bit longer, but reading on will be
worth it in the end (I promise!). If you don’t have the time to read
about just how taking high doses of Vitamin C can lighten your skin,
just bookmark this page to read later.
What is Vitamin C?
I go on to explain what Vitamin C has to do with our skin color, I
think it’s important to know just what Vitamin C is first. Vitamin C
(also called Ascorbic Acid) is a water-soluble vitamin, and is needed by
our bodies to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood
vessels. We get Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, particularly
citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. It is also readily
available in pill or liquid supplements. Although it is a vitamin, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. This means it can neutralize free radicals which would otherwise damage our skin and other organs. And since it is soluble in water, Vitamin C works both inside and outside of our cells to combat this free radical damage.
Vitamin C And Our Skin
skin is the largest organ in the human body and collagen is the
building blocks. Our skin benefits greatly from Vitamin C because of its
unique collagen-forming properties. Scientists have found that collagen
protein requires Vitamin C for the molecules to achieve the best
configuration possible. Vitamin C prevents collagen from becoming weak and susceptible to damage
(a process is called hydroxylation). Vitamin C also increases the level
of the procollagen messenger RNA. It is also needed to “export” the
procollagen molecules out of our cells and into the extracellular
spaces. In other words, Vitamin C is crucial in ensuring the structural
integrity of our collagen. Vitamin C also helps to heal any wounds we
might have. Studies have shown that when Vitamin C was given to burn
victims in high doses, it reduces the transfer of blood and waste
products into the tissues (capillary permeability). This could be partly
due to Vitamin C’s scavenging effect on free radicals (its antioxidant
In another study, when Vitamin C (2,000 mg) and
natural Vitamin E (1,000 IU) were given to 20 men and women, their
resistance to sunburn increased by 20% after just 8 days. They had lower
levels of inflammation and skin damage compared to the placebo group,
which became more sensitive to sunburn.
Vitamin C is one antioxidant that boosts two more – glutathione and Vitamin E
you ever heard of that saying, one thing leads to another? This is
especially true with Vitamin C. This is because taking Vitamin C doesn’t
just increase the Vitamin C levels in our blood, it also increases two
more very important antioxidants – glutathione (a major antioxidant) and
Vitamin E (a fat-soluble antioxidant).
Higher Vitamin C Levels Boosts Glutathione And Vitamin E Glutathione Vitamin E Glutathione is our bodies’ most prevalent antioxidant Vitamin E is probably the most important fat-soluble antioxidant It plays an important role in detoxing our bodies It protects our cells from oxidation by reacting with fatty radicals Glutathione is a tripeptide and made up of 3 amino acids:
- Glutamic acid
Vitamin E is a group of compounds made up of tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols act as antioxidants in human beings. Glutathione converts into glutathione peroxidase, an important enzyme which prevents oxidative damage Our liver actually forms the Vitamin E in our blood, but it needs food sources with Vitamin E to do so Our bodies make its own glutathione supply.
Taking glutathione pills and supplements does not raise the glutathione levels in our blood.
Good food sources of Vitamin E include:
- Wheat germ oil
- Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil
- Peanut butter
Vitamin C Boosts Glutathione Levels In The Blood
C and glutathione have a unique relationship. Vitamin C reduces
glutathione back to the active form. In its active form, glutathione
will regenerate vitamin C from its oxidized state. Compounds that have
Vitamin E activity (tocopherols) also rely on Vitamin C to regenerate
back to its active form.
Why is the link between Vitamin C and glutathione levels important in skin lightening?
important because scientists have found out that the way our skin
balances between its lighter pigments (pheomelanin) and darker pigments
(eumelanin) depends on glutathione, L-cysteine and the TYRP1 enzyme.
Since Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to boost gluthathione
levels in the blood, we can say that Vitamin C helps to lighten skin
Glutathione is found in
almost all raw fruits and vegetables. Cooking destroys most
glutathione, but that doesn’t really matter. Because although
glutathione is found in many fruits, vegetables, and meats, our stomachs
and intestines ability to absorb glutathione is very poor.
[ Scam Alert! ]
Speaking of which, please do not be fooled by “gluthathione skin whitening pills”. Glutathione pills and supplements cannot, I repeat, cannot raise the glutathione levels in your blood. These are sold by scam artists preying on the desperate. They will only serve to make you poorer.
[ Scam Alert! ]
To raise the glutathione levels in our blood, it is better to eat foods that is high in glutamine instead (Not By Taking Glutathione Pills),
such as lean meats, eggs, wheat germ, whey protein and whole grains.
These will stimulate the liver so you can produce more glutathione
naturally. Glutamine is one of the known precursors of gluthathione
production. High doses of Vitamin C will also boost our natural
glutathione levels, so supplementation with Vitamin C is important if
you want to lighten your skin. Glutathione and Vitamin C show a strong
functional interdependence in vivo.
Note:You can be
deficient in glutathione if you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) regularly
or in large amounts. Doctors treat emergency cases of acetaminophen
toxicity with high doses of N-aceytlycysteine (NAC), which raises
glutathione levels in the blood.
is an amino acid found in most high-protein foods including yogurt and
whey protein. Good vegetarian sources comes are onions, garlic and
broccoli . The L-cysteine derived from N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) helps to
boost our liver’s production of glutathione. L-cysteine also helps
synthesize proteins, taurine, coenzyme A, and inorganic sulfate.
3) The TYRP1 enzyme (or Tyrosinase-Related Protein 1)
scary, I know! But all you really need to know is that this is the
genetic part of the whole skin lightening discussion. Our TYRP1 gene
provides instructions for making the TYRP1 enzyme. The functions of this
enzyme are still unclear but it is involved in the production of
melanin. It’s likely that this is where our genes come into play
in determining the color of our skin. Mutations in the TYRP1 gene has
been linked with oculocutaneous albinism. It is very important to note
that, individually, none of these factors decides our skin color. All
three are needed to play a part.
Enemies of Vitamin C: Pollution, Smoking, Alcohol, Diabetes
you smoke and drink, chances are your Vitamin C levels are lower than
people who don’t. And while we’re at it, do you live in a polluted area?
That’ll do it too. Studies have shown that drinking large quantities of
alcohol will lower the amount of Vitamin C in your blood plasma and
make you excrete vitamin C through urination. Smoking and general
pollution will also lower the level of Vitamin C in the blood. Having
diabetes will also reduce your body’s Vitamin C levels.
What does all this mean? Should I take Vitamin C to lighten my skin?
yes, and yes! If want to lighten your skin by internal means using
supplements, detoxing or changing your diet, Vitamin C supplements are
You should take a high dose
of 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily either through supplements or
fruits. A mixture of the two is best. Spread out your intake of Vitamin C
throughout the day for maximum effectiveness.
After reading through this article, I suggest you give Vitamin C a try and let me here your thoughts, Share them in the comments section below 🙂