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Can Vitamin C In My Skincare Cause An Allergic Reaction?
Vitamin C can brighten the skin and help reduce the signs of ageing, but not all Vitamin C serums are formulated in the correct way to prevent irritation and reactions. Although allergic reactions to Vitamin C in skincare are rare, they can happen.
Symptoms normally include redness or a mild burning sensation, and they tend to appear immediately. Irritation may also cause breakouts. With Vitamin C serums, the most common cause is a formula which is too acidic and not stable.
In your normal skincare products, you might find pure forms of vitamin C, known as L-Ascorbic Acid, but more often than not, you’ll come across derivatives that convert into vitamin C once they’re absorbed into your skin. This is because, while the purest form is effective, it’s also the most unstable and the most prone to oxidisation. L-ascorbic acid is also highly prone to oxidisation. Most products come in lightproof containers to reduce the risk of oxidisation, but exposure to air can cause it to oxidise as well.
When your serum is oxidised, it can irritate or even cause an allergic reaction in the skin.
What should you do if you have an allergic reaction?
If you experience signs of irritation or allergic reaction to a Vitamin C product, stop using all your active skincare products to let the skin heal. You may want to use a gentle cleanser and a basic moisturiser to avoid aggravating your inflamed skin until it returns to normal.
In some cases, Phototherapy can also help reduce the inflammation and help your skin recover, but we recommend consulting a professional who can assess your skin’s condition ahead of time.
Can you avoid allergic reactions?
Allergic reactions tend to happen when your immune system mistakes something as a potential threat, so you don’t want to shock your skin by applying lots of Vitamin C all of a sudden.
When you start using any active ingredient, introduce it slowly.
Apply a small amount every other day and gradually build up to daily use as your skin adapts.
AIl Rejuvaus products only use a form of Vitamin C that is more stable and less irritating than L-Ascorbic Acid called Superox-C.
This is extracted from the world's most powerful natural source of Vitamin C Kakadu Plum.
Kakadu Plum Extract | Vitamin C
Kakadu plum is an astonishing Australian superfruit is known as the world’s highest source of Vitamin C. A powerful antioxidant that contains 100 times the concentration found in oranges.
We formulate using the most stable version called Superox-C™.
Without causing any stinging or redness, our Vitamin C is deeply absorbed, without needing to 'layer' or use separately from other active ingredients.
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To help prevent allergic reactions, we recommend using a serum with a more stable and less acidic form of Vitamin C,
such as Superox-C or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate found in Rejuvaus Bright & Even Pigment Serum.
Both these forms tend to be more stable, less irritating and just as effective.