Vitamin C is an important nutrient for your whole body including skin. Whether you have common cold or skin infection, your physicians will definitely advice you to increase the intake of citrus in your diet. However, if you have skin trouble like brown spots and discoloration in visible areas, you better try some skin treatments with citric acid or Vitamin C. Various forms of Vitamin C including Ascorbic Acid and MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) are recognized by beauty industry as lightening agents. MAP is the new ingredient which works at cellular level to brighten the dark skin and prevent future discoloration. MAP is a very strong antioxidant and stable form of Vitamin C, which controls and prevents oxidation damage on skin and strengthens skin’s defenses against future discoloration. According to a research conducted by American Academy of Dermatology, it was found that moisturizers containing 10% of MAP were found effective in lightening the skin tone by reducing the melanin formation. A group of 34 patients with freckles and chloasma were tested. After the test, lightening effects were visible in 19 patients, which suggest that MAP can control the brown or sun spots which can be developed with excessive exposure to sun. MAP Cleanser If you are looking for cleansers with MAP, try Dr. Wu Whitening Cleansing Milk with Map. This is a soap free cleanser that cleanses pores effectively and dissolves and removes make-up effectively, while lightening the skin tone and stimulating cell metabolism. This cleanser leaves your skin clean, bright and moist and it is gentle on sensitive skin. MAP Skin Treatment If you are looking for an effective powder-to-emulsion treatment, Dermalogica Chroma White TRx Extreme C is a new product that has caught everyone’s attention. This formulation has intense brightening power to minimize areas of discoloration by inhibiting melanin synthesis. Dermalogica Chroma white TRx Extreme C can be mixed with moisturizer or can directly be applied on your face and any area. It is so light that it can be easily absorbed in the skin while exfoliating surface cells and enhancing the skin tone. Apart from the power of C, Extreme C contains the power of antioxidant White Tea that accelerates skin brightening process.MAP is also proven effective in protecting the skin from UV radiation caused due to excessive exposure in the sun. Its antioxidant property controls free radicals that cause damage to your glowing skin.