Vitamin C Serum Irritating Skin?? Help!

So I am using a Vitamin C serum for the first time. It is in the form of ascorbyl palmitate.

I have only used it once and it is irritating my skin. Does my skin need to get used to it, or should I not use it anymore?

I was also going to try an l-ascorbic acid one to see which I like better. But now I wonder if I might have issues with that one too?
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
I have to be very careful with vitamin C on my skin. While I don't have a visible reaction, high levels of vitamin C will make my skin itchy. It's not something that ever went away, although I'm tempted to try again soon.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
I have to be very careful with vitamin C on my skin. While I don't have a visible reaction, high levels of vitamin C will make my skin itchy. It's not something that ever went away, although I'm tempted to try again soon.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
I have heard, but not looked into this myself, that MAP vitamin C or TetraC may be less irritating.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
I was using Philosophy's Time in a Bottle and was starting to suspect it was the problem product. Then I was given a sample of Arbonne's Re-9 line and that confirmed for me that the vitamin C was an issue. I have a sample of vitamin C concentrate from Paula's Choice that I plan to try once my skin is a bit more settled (I ended up switching all of my skin care to Paula's Choice).

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
I was using Philosophy's Time in a Bottle and was starting to suspect it was the problem product. Then I was given a sample of Arbonne's Re-9 line and that confirmed for me that the vitamin C was an issue. I have a sample of vitamin C concentrate from Paula's Choice that I plan to try once my skin is a bit more settled (I ended up switching all of my skin care to Paula's Choice).
Originally Posted by Corrina777
Wow! How interesting.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
Although everyone and his brother says how great Vitamin C serums, etc. are for the skin, like any other active product, or even a lot of basic skin care products, not everyone can use them. I know I can't use Vitamin C products either - my skin either gets irritated, or breaks out, or both, even though I'm NOT an acneic young person. 67 here with normal-to-very-slightly-oily reactive skin that can act dehydrated because of either lack of exfoliation, or dry climates.
Generally-speaking, if a product is irritating one's skin, it's NOT going to get any better with continued use. One's skin is telling one something - the product is the wrong one for you. Trying to keep using something in the face of irritation is just asking for trouble, like harming one's skin barrier in a way that it can take MONTHS to really get straightened out. I know of what I speak here, from just one skin disaster that took me close to 6 months before I could even exfoliate again, and another 6 months before I could wear any sunblock once again. Just sayin...
I was using Philosophy's Time in a Bottle and was starting to suspect it was the problem product. Then I was given a sample of Arbonne's Re-9 line and that confirmed for me that the vitamin C was an issue. I have a sample of vitamin C concentrate from Paula's Choice that I plan to try once my skin is a bit more settled (I ended up switching all of my skin care to Paula's Choice).
Originally Posted by Corrina777
It was a post of yours on here that got me looking into Paula's Choice. I had heard of her before, but never looked into her products further. My skin has been getting more and more dry and reactive over the past few years, and I didn't know what to do about it. What was interesting was that the more natural a product was, the worse my skin would react. Due to your post, I went on her website and just started reading. Then I ordered a bunch of samples. I ended up ordering the 2% BHA lotion, and the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer in the Earth Sourced line. I'm pretty impressed. No reactions, redness is all but gone, and my skin just looks clearer and more even-toned.
2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.
Although everyone and his brother says how great Vitamin C serums, etc. are for the skin, like any other active product, or even a lot of basic skin care products, not everyone can use them. I know I can't use Vitamin C products either - my skin either gets irritated, or breaks out, or both, even though I'm NOT an acneic young person. 67 here with normal-to-very-slightly-oily reactive skin that can act dehydrated because of either lack of exfoliation, or dry climates.
Generally-speaking, if a product is irritating one's skin, it's NOT going to get any better with continued use. One's skin is telling one something - the product is the wrong one for you. Trying to keep using something in the face of irritation is just asking for trouble, like harming one's skin barrier in a way that it can take MONTHS to really get straightened out. I know of what I speak here, from just one skin disaster that took me close to 6 months before I could even exfoliate again, and another 6 months before I could wear any sunblock once again. Just sayin...
Originally Posted by caramix3a
You make some good points.

I began using Cosmetic Skin Solutions formula and it seems to not bother me so far.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
Vitamin C serums are important to maintain skin beauty. They are found in fruits also. Like lemon juice and oranges.
@loveliam: Is the Cosmetic Skin Solutions one sold at Vitacost by any chance? Sounds good - I saw this mentioned over on MUA as an affordable C serum for those who don't want to DIY. I tried the DIY route, but couldn't get it to work myself. It didn't irritate or break out my skin, but I had problems with the texture - either my homemade version was sticky or a bit too grainy.
I make my own vitamin c serum. The commercial serums you buy get old too fast because that is a characteristic of vit c.
@loveliam: Is the Cosmetic Skin Solutions one sold at Vitacost by any chance? Sounds good - I saw this mentioned over on MUA as an affordable C serum for those who don't want to DIY. I tried the DIY route, but couldn't get it to work myself. It didn't irritate or break out my skin, but I had problems with the texture - either my homemade version was sticky or a bit too grainy.
Originally Posted by caramix3a
Hmm I am not certain. I bought it from their site itself.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
Making it own is always doubtful for me..
@CurlyinParadise: What is your recipe for your homemade Vitamin C serum? I'd love to try again if it would work! What are your tips so that it doesn't feel grainy or sticky? Another problem I had with my own attempts is that once applied to my skin, it would mattify everything else applied on top(my layers of moisturizer, sunblock and a bit of foundation. I'd love to hear your secrets - thanks!
@CurlyinParadise: What is your recipe for your homemade Vitamin C serum? I'd love to try again if it would work! What are your tips so that it doesn't feel grainy or sticky? Another problem I had with my own attempts is that once applied to my skin, it would mattify everything else applied on top(my layers of moisturizer, sunblock and a bit of foundation. I'd love to hear your secrets - thanks!
Originally Posted by caramix3a
Do not make my own, but wanted to say that, when I the serum daily, but it is at night. So I wash my face, use an anti-ager (Obagi), wait five or so minutes, use VItamin C serum, wait more time, than lotion.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brle applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brle with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
I use tsp powdered vitamin c (from the health food store) and 1 tsp distilled water and 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin. I put it on with a cotton ball. Keep in a dark bottle and if it lasts 3 days (mine doesnt), discard and make new batch. The glycerin is what makes it not grainy but I also push the vit c in the water against the bottom sorta grinding. Actually I use a small opaque jar an eye cream came in. I use the vitamin c serum at night and in the morning. I have not had a problem with it being too sticky for my pillowcase but maybe I am just not noticing it. I put it on my face in the morning while I am doing other things and when I put my foundation on, it has soaked in.
If it does still seem too sticky for you, i think the benefit would be there if you put it on, leave on about an hour and wash it off.
If it stings at first, mix the tsp vit c with 1 tsp distilled water and cut down every few days until you get down to 1 tsp dist water to tsp vit c. I have had no problem with irritation. I have used this for about 4 months now and I can see an improvement in my skin.
@CurlyinParadise: Thanks for the info! Maybe I wasn't clear when I mentioned about the serum being sticky a few times when I made it. I never used it at night, so no pillowcase issues. What I meant was that my face would feel sticky like I had a very very light layer of something syrup-y on my face. But now looking back on it, I was trying my mix with equal parts of water and vegetable glycerin, with a bit of the natural foods store vitamin C powder. I guess maybe that was too much glycerin? I was following a DIY recipe on the Internet. I tried using just water and I wasn't impressed - that's when it was grainy and "mattifying" which I certainly don't need.
What SPECIFIC benefits did you notice from the DIY serum over these past months? Did you have hyperpigmentation you were trying to address, or just trying to "brighten" skin in general(even a good exfoliant does that, without resorting to C)? I know, a lot of questions, but I've had so many either outright bad experiences with perfectly good skin stuff that people rave about, or no effect at all. Often, the best I can hope for is that something doesn't BOTHER my skin(as it's reactive). But maybe I shouldn't expect anything at age 67 anyway. Thanks for listening here!
I am also 67. I also have tried sooo many products thru the years. And actually I have good skin. I did not expect much from this DIY serum so thank it for anything it does. Plus, it is very cheap. I have had the vit c powder now for 4 months and have alot left. What I see is a lightening of some age spots plus an overall brightness. After a period of a few months use, an improvement in collagen is supposed to happen but Im not sure how I would measure that.
@CurlyinParadise: Cool, with those benefits! I know also that Vitamin C helps power up one's sun protection as well. My skin is also actually quite good, having been slow to wrinkle on account of being a normal-to-very-slightly oily skin type(but not acneic at all). I could do without the sun spots though. I'm working on those via some Vitamin E oil which I've been applying for the last couple of weeks or so. A kindly MUA member turned me on to this, what with her 78-year-old mother also being too reactive for traditional anti-aging products and having some sun spots to get rid of. It took a few weeks in her case but the spots did go away, first darkening a little, and then peeling off. I've noticed a couple of spots lightening up in the centers already, so I'll be thrilled if this all works. I'll also give your Vitamin C recipe a go.
Oh, I have not heard vitamin e helps sun spots go away. I have a bottle of vit e. I also like to alternate products, who knows one may work better than the other! So do you just spread the vit e on your face?

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