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L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

  • Is an antioxidant
  • Is used in the treatment of disorders of pigmentation including melasma (chloasma) (pregnancy mask)
  • Alters the color of melanin from jet black to light tan
  • Unstable as quickly oxidized



Bibliography: Katsambas A (Conflicts of Interest: Abbott, Janssen-Cilag, Leo Pharma, Merck, Schering-Plough). Melasma: Pathogenesis and Treatment. 70e Réunion annuelle de l’AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) – San Diego, California, United States of America (USA)

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