Vitamin C is one of those ingredients that, much like retinoids, caters to myriad skin-care concerns, including sun damage, fine lines, rough texture, and stubborn scars. To this point, one Redditor is currently receiving attention for posting about their success story with the skin-care savior, which they used to treat a year-old scar on their hand.
The Redditor, who goes by Ndequarto on the discussion platform, shared their experience on the r/SkincareAddiction subreddit, along with before-and-after photos of the scar. "Vitamin C serum works! These two images were taken one month apart. I missed a few days here and there but here’s my progress on an old scar," reads the caption. The post has since amassed over 3,000 upvotes and a sea of comments from fellow Redditors who are in awe of Ndequarto's results.
As Ndequarto reveals in the comments, they used Vital C's Vitamin C Serum for Face with green tea extract and vitamin E, which retails for just $11 on Amazon. Despite being so affordable, it still worked wonders at fading the scar in a fairly short period of time.
How did it work? "Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells," explains Patricia Wexler, a dermatologist in New York City, who previously talked to ishonest about the highly lauded ingredient.
Additionally, vitamin C is essential to the production of new collagen and has been shown to enhance wound-healing, explains Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City. "It's also an extremely potent antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation." A few other options we love: BeautyStat's Universal C Skin Refiner, Tatcha's Violet-C Brightening Serum, and on the more affordable end, Neogen's Real Vita C Powder Lemon. (Check out ishonest's full list of vitamin C favorites, here.)
Of course, everyone's skin is different. So just because vitamin C was highly effective for Ndequarto, doesn't necessarily mean you'll have the same results. More importantly, some folks are sensitive or allergic to vitamin C, says Zeichner, so it's always in your best interest to talk to a dermatologist first to see if it's safe for your skin type. You should also always do a patch test first to see how your skin handles the ingredient before applying it.
Congrats to our Redditor friend on fading their scar — and without having to hurt their wallet.
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