Ascorbic Acid

Our database includes 818 products that contain Ascorbic Acid.

Community rating: Liked

What it is

Vitamin C


Reduces Redness
Dark Spots

Ascorbic Acid is is pure Vitamin C. Ascorbic Acid contains large amounts of antioxidants. It is the largest amount of vitamin C found naturally in our skin. Not only is Vitamin C great for your overall health and immune system, it also has plenty of benefits on your skin.

Vitamin C is best used for brightening skin, such as improving dark spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. This is because Vitamin C has been shown to block the process of skin darkening.

Your skin uses Vitamin C to build collagen. Collagen production plays a role in having a strong skin barrier and having plump skin.

Vitamin C is also a key component in helping your skin regulate collagen, thus making it effective in improving wrinkles and fine lines. As an antioxidant, it helps fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells.

When used with Vitamin E, both ingredients help stabilize and provide a boost in benefits. It helps aid in UV protection but becomes unstable when exposed to UV and air. Vitamin C does not replace sunscreen.

Read more about other types of Vitamin C:

Foods rich with vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers, and more. When consuming Vitamin C, your skin receives a portion of the nutrients.

Also known as: Vitamin C and L-Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic Acid is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 5.0% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Data

600 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Oily Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Fine Lines • Dullness • Dark Spots • Wrinkles

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Dryness • Wrinkles • Dark Spots

Where it's used

Ascorbic Acid is most often found as ingredient number 18 within an ingredient list.

Of the 18 products in our database that have a known concentration of Ascorbic Acid, we've seen concentrations from 3% to 30% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Ascorbic Acid the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 74328
  • INN Name: ascorbic acid
  • EC #:  200-066-2 / 263-644-3
  • Ph. Eur. Name: acidum ascoribicum
  • All Functions: Antioxidant, Buffering, Masking, Skin Conditioning
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.