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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
naturally produce).

* 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:

  1. Glycine
  2. Glutamic acid
  3. Cysteine
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:

  1. Wheat germ oil
  2. Almonds
  3. Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil
  4. Hazelnuts
  5. 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

1) Glutathione
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.

2) L-Cysteine
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.

33-Your Mind 2

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 🙂

I'd like to hear your thoughts, please do comment below. If you have feedbacks, suggestions, comments. Basically, it makes my heart fuzzy to know you were here :)

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  • If i opt to eat oranges for vitamin C, ilang oranges kaya ang dpat ubusin? hehe, silly question… but i really wanna know 🙂

  • kikaysikat

    Naku meron lang around 200g of vit. C per orange, so pedeng you can eat oranges 5x a day.

  • hi anong mgandang vit c? i heard mganda daw yung fern c.. and ilang capsules a day if used it for whitening?.. thanks!;)

  • Hi. Now im seriously into vit. C na. Anong vit.c ang marecommend mo?

  • joy vincoy

    Pls reply po miss kat..

  • interested

    I was planning to buy MET na kaya nagbabasa ako ng mga reviews about gluta. Good thing I'm able to see this post of yours. What type of Vit. C ba, dapat Ascorbic Acid ba or okay na ung Sodium Ascorbate (like Fern-C).. i'm acidic kasi so sumasakit ang tyan ko pag ascorbic acid kaya my physician suggested sodium ascorbate.. gaano katagal naman ang intake bago ma napansin ang glowing skin mo? Thanks!

  • Koko

    thank you so much for the article, God bless you. Now off to the market to buy fruits and veggies with high dosage of Vit C!!! 🙂

  • San Mah

    You are right Vitamin C is alone responsible for skin lightening, but you cannot eliminate glutathione from the combination as it works as supportive element. Gluta is an anti-oxidant that cleans the liver (it will also clean the negative effect of any applied cream or lotion), takes off free-radicals and helps the brain too (did u know that our brain's anti-oxidant is gluta and that low level of it results to some illneses and disorders?). I think that is the reason of its existence in many skin lightening cream

  • Beverly Lava

    how many mg ang tinetake mo sis per day? do you take them all at once?how long before you noticed the effect?

  • Marie

    Thanks for sharing this! I was supposed to buy another one month's supply of Ph 338.

  • Azel

    Hi sis! May i ask what brand lf vit c your taking?

  • Jen Nine Karmiel

    what brand of vitamin c can you suggest sis? or what Vit. C are you taking?

  • vicentewakk

    It was initially only administered by a Doctor in the form of drops, pellets or an injection.

  • Anne

    "You should take a high dose of 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily either through supplements or fruits."
    – A Word of caution, although it's not an over-dosage of Vitamin C, taking more than 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily may result to adverse effects like kidney stones in the long run.

  • Bangs

    Not true. Ang alam ko vit c is waterr soluble. Excess vit c in the body will not be absorbed, it will be excreted in urine. Ang recommended daily intake ng vit c is 60-90 mg per day lng.

  • Anonymous
  • ayishahlovely31

    Buti nlng nbsa ko article nato. Thank you so much po! 🙂

  • Amber

    It may cause kidney stones if you take large amount of vit. C in the long run.

  • zoya

    use of glutathione soap is
    skin whitening. We can get
    lighter skin by glutathione skin whitening soap. Glutathione soap is
    natural and safe and good for skin.

  • Roscin Rosales

    I wasnt able to read the whole blog but try taking gluta supplements while taking vit.c you will really see the effects.. i learned from biochem class that gluta will be useless alone because it requires vitamin c

  • Wasnt able to read all of your statements but, indeed.. Vitamin c is the coenzyme for glutathione. We synthesize glutathione in our body already as far as i can remember in my biochem class.. BUT we should have this vitamin C to go on with the process and to make the glutathione reduced. Hence, it wouldnt work if you dont have vitamin C..

  • hello po wat vit C po ang mganda i-take?

  • mganda po fern-C??

  • hi jenn any vit. c is good

  • yup~ thanks for confirming! 😀

  • hi thanks for your this article. so how much vit c per day do you take. and time released vit c is the best, right?

  • actually, never mind, i've just read that time released might not be good for you after all. neither are the tablets that dissolve in a glass of water. the regular tabs seem to be the best option out of the three. but yeah how much do you take? obviously you must be doing something right 😀

  • why u did not provide ur vit sis?

  • Glutathione naman kasi does NOT have to be supplemented because the body produces enough of it to ward off free radicals. Glutathione supply only depletes when you drink alcohol, smoke, or you're stressed. Thinking about our present situation, especially those living in the city, a lot of people need to boost their glutathione. However, it is not extensively absorbed orally. Remember, GSH is an antioxidant that detoxifies our body, not a skin whitener.

  • Have you restarted taking glutathione? because there is a post where you mentioned you are going to try snowcaps glutathione next month.

  • i'm using Skin White whitening soap and takig Cecon vitamin c.. just sharing 🙂

  • Do you think its useless to buy glutathione and just tace vitamin c, or did u se a little better/fater result taking both? please reply , thanx

  • better results in taking both! 😀 kahit generic vit. C ok na

  • Yes. I took gluta again, as you can see I also updated the post above. Saying that Vit. C works well but if used in combo with glutathione, your skin gets whiter a lot faster.

  • For how long do you take these pills? How much dosage did you start with and for how long? Did you stop taking pills and start again or do u take everyday to maintain, if so how much do u take now?

  • Effective pa rin po kaya kung 1 gluta pill at 1 vit c 500mg ang itatake? Gusto ko pong magtry at gusto din ng mom ko at sbi nya hati kami sa isang bottle. Eeffect po kaya yun? May review na po kayo ng whisis? Okay po ba? Thnk you

  • Hello im taking fern c 1000 mg (2 caps)/ day plus gluta belo
    And myra e 400 iu.. I can say its a good combination.. Effective sya. Im taking it about 2 weeks now. Smooth yung skin ko tapos glowing talaga. Drink a lot of water lagi para mag circulate talaga sa bloodstreamFor me enough na yung 1000 mg kasi too much intake or dosage of vit c plus the other supplements im taking kawawa naman yung kidney ko.

  • it takes months para maging WHITE. ako nga years bago ko na-achieve yung color ko. I agree na not too much supplements

  • hi i just wanted to ask if is it necessarily to take ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate would also work? thank you!

  • Hello I suggest take vitamin C alone. Im taking Vitamin C for quite two months na and effective talaga sya. I used to be an addict for skin whitening regimens. But then later realized na Vitamin C tlaga. Im taking potencee a day(500)x3= 1500 Vit C a day. It is effective.

  • Vitamin c alone is enough you said.. means you dont have to combine it with glutathione but you could if u want… tama or iba ang magiging result kung i-cocombine..?

  • Hi..regular vitamin c lang ba yung tinake mo or yung "time release"? many say kc na mas effective daw yung "time release" kc since vitamin c is water soluble = mabilis nawawalan ng effect, yung time release daw dinedelay yung time, means effective xa for hours..? so what do u think..?

  • Hi Dreamer,
    "time release" vitamin C are more expensive kaya I do the time releasing myself.

    I just take generic vitamin C now at morning noon and night

  • thrice a day ka po nainom ng vit.c?

  • yes 🙂

  • "Good food sources of Vitamin E include: Hazelnuts." Nutella, anyone? 😀

  • hi… ask ko lang po kung anong brand/name ng vit. C ang ginagamit nyo? ty po

  • wow ms. k, you really did your biochemistry studies 🙂

  • Can I take 1000mg twice a day without the glutathion pills will it still have the whitening effect

  • I dont think 1000mg is enough to whiten skin

  • 2000mg

  • Maria Feramie Sanchez

    do you know any vitamin c capsules that I should take ?

  • layla hai

    Hi, I have bought powdered vitamin c, and I really want to lighten my skin as much as is physically possible. Can you please guide me the dosage so it alone whitens me? I will really really appreciate ur help, thanks a lot. I am scared of kidney stones though:-P

  • kikaysikat

    Hi! I use kirkland now 🙂

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  • Morena wife

    Hi, happy new year… Im currently taking usana products such as essentials + biomega + coquinon. Is it safe to add snow caps to my daily supplement? Need your thought here…thanks…god bless

  • Mark Jerome Castro

    Hi. can i ask if pedeng i combine yung snowcaps with sodium ascorbate or mas better kapag ascorbic acid lang. does the sodium has an effect on the glutha? i'm taking now snowcaps but i'm confused on what vitamin ang i-combine. thanks for your response! 🙂

  • Anne

    Good day! Thanks for your blog! I just wanted to know if it's okay to take gluta pills and vit E at the same time? Or gluta pill and vit C will work just fine? -Anne

  • hani

    hi! i just wanted to ask, after using vitamin c for 6 months, did you stop using it after your skin got lighter? will stopping the vita c usage cause the skin to return back to its original colour?

  • kikaysikat

    No it won't return back to its original color pero you will not be as "radiant"

  • hani

    is 2000 mg of vitamin c a day enough to whiten my skin (my weight is about 46 kg)? And if I take 2000 mg of vitamin c (which is 4 tablets of 500 mg vitamin c ) do i need to split the intake for example, 500 mg on every morning, afternoon, evening and
    before i go to bed for 6 months or just consume all four tablets at once everyday?

  • kikaysikat

    You can try doing 1000mg in the morning and 1000 before going to bed


    hi 🙂 i really like your blogs. i will just ask if its okay to take iv glutathione and just take vitamin c orally?.. mahapdi kasi siya .. TIA :)))


    hi! i really like your blogs :)) i will just ask if its okay to take iv glutathione and take vitamin c orally? mahapdi kasi.. TIA :)))

  • anonymous

    Thanks a lot:-)
    How long does it take? I have been taking since three months and I haven't seen results other than that i didn't get sick.

  • Cake lover

    What about the symptoms of taking too much vit c? Kidney stones? Shud I take pills or powder? And is 2,000mg enough for every day? Or more? How do u know if its 2,000 mg in powder?

  • kikaysikat

    pills and yung non acidic,

  • kikaysikat

    try 6 months. how many mg of cvit. C are yout aking?

  • Liz

    Hello. May I know where did you buy it and for how much? Thanks 🙂

  • amorsoriano

    hi please make a review for Rose c white 1000mg vitamin c

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  • Air

    Anong name ng vitamin c na ginagamit niyo po?

  • sarah

    Thanks is it permanent?

  • Kira

    Is it okay to intake gluta supplements while taking diet pills?

  • It’s okay to take them both at the same time

  • Nikos

    I’ve been taken 1000mg vitamin c pills every day for about 16 days and my skin looks the same not any whiter,when did you start noticing difference in skin tone?

    • nightandday16

      baka naman depende yun sa color ng skin mo. depende kung gaano ka-itim or ka-puti.

      • that is correct 🙂

      • that is correct 🙂

      • Nikos

        Can you translate in English cause I didn’t understand 🙂

  • joolyuwooz

    Hi miss kikay! Ok lang po ba ang Ascorbic acid from Watsons?

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  • ByVal

    My doctor told me not to take too much Vit. C for it may cause kidney stones. In fact, 500mg for 10 days only is recommended when you have cold or flu just to boost the immune system. I’m not sure now if I should take it in a long term, because I’m having Glutathione to go with it or vice versa. Need to consult a doctor again.

  • Gabriel San Juan

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