Series: Must-have nutrients for skin remodeling: Vitamin C
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps minimize the signs of aging. The SkinPen micro-needling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of the tissue.
Cell nutrition is very important during the 28-day skin remodeling process following the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. Skin remodeling requires energy and nutrients that allow the body to produce ample amounts of collagen and elastin — the scaffolding that gives the dermal tissue its strength and resiliency.
Several nutrients are crucial for skin remodeling and are necessary ingredients in your post-micro-needling skincare regimen, including vitamin C, vitamin A and copper peptides. In our series on must-have nutrients for skin remodeling after micro-needling, we’ll review these vital nutrients, beginning with vitamin C.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant that:
- Protects the skin against damage caused by free radicals encountered in our daily activities
- Protects the skin against damage from ultraviolet A and B rays
- Lightens hyperpigmentation
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Stimulates collagen production, a key component of the skin remodeling process
Vitamin C Promotes Collagen Synthesis
Vitamin C plays a crucial role in skin remodeling by stimulating an increase in collagen production by the fibroblasts and enhancing extracellular matrix contraction, which results in firmer skin. Topical application of vitamin C for at least 12 weeks has been shown to:
- Increase the production of collagen
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Decrease roughness of the skin
In one study of 60 women aged 20 to 75, a topical 5 percent vitamin C solution applied daily for 60 days significantly increased collagen synthesis, measured by high-frequency ultrasound, in all age groups. Women using the topical vitamin C reported several improvements in their skin, including skin softening, reduction of visible skin wrinkles and an increase in skin resilience and tone.
The Two Forms of Vitamin C
Water-soluble vitamin C (example: sodium ascorbyl phosphate)
- Doesn’t penetrate past the stratum corneum (outermost layer) to reach the deeper skin cells
- Remains on the skin’s surface
- Acts as a powerful antioxidant, scavenging the free radicals on the skin’s surface and protecting the skin from these damaging free radicals
Oil-soluble vitamin C (example: ascorbyl linoleate)
- Penetrates past the stratum corneum to reach the deeper skin tissue being remodeled
- Is a deeper free-radical scavenger
- Promotes collagen production
Because it stimulates skin remodeling, oil-soluble vitamin C is an essential component of post-micro-needling skin care. Apply oil-soluble vitamin C to cleansed skin prior to other skincare products, including other water-soluble forms of vitamin C.
Skinfuse Post-Procedure Protocol
Skinfuse, a skin care line designed to complement and promote the effects of the SkinPen micro-needling procedure, includes two products containing vitamin C:
FORTIFY Vita C Serum contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate, the water-soluble form of vitamin C that neutralizes damaging free radicals proven to prematurely age the skin. FORTIFY helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration.
SURGE 1 Collagen Boost contains ascorbyl linoleate, the oil-soluble form of vitamin C that increases dermal collagen, improves skin firmness and elasticity and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Please consult your SkinPen provider regarding the best skin care products and protocol to use following your SkinPen micro-needling procedure.