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Medical Skin Whitening

  1. Feb 27, 2008 #1
    Has anyone heared about a a substance called l glutathione that is used for skin lightening?
    like this one:
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    Does it work? And is it as safe as they say it is?
     
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  3. Feb 28, 2008 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    I made a quick search on this - there are no papers I can find from a reliable source that say anything about skin whitening an L-glutathione.

    Barring someone finding real research I would say
    1. Does it work? probably not very well or it has side effects or both. Some ads indicate it is a dermal cream, others have it in pill form. That doesn't bode well.

    2. There is nothing I can see to indicate safety. L-glutathione is sold as a supplement since it is listed as having antioxidant properties. I assume, but do not know, that taking one 50mg pill with food may have no side effects. I personally would not take it.
     
  4. Feb 28, 2008 #3

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    The only article I could find suggests it would have the opposite effect (might be preventative of the damage to melanocytes that results in vitiligo).

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...ez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

    But this is just an in vitro study, and certainly not a clinical trial of any sort to indicate any efficacy or safety of using it on the whole body.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2008 #4

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    I ended up closing the tab before saving the link, but in my wanderings seeing if I could find anything credible on this, I came across one article that pointed out that while it is absorbed well when administered orally in rats, in humans there is an enzyme in the gut that breaks it down before it is absorbed, so a pill form would be useless.
     
  6. Feb 28, 2008 #5

    jim mcnamara

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    I wonder if the OP wasn't some sort of sockpuppet spam....
     
  7. Feb 28, 2008 #6

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    It's very possible the OP is a spammer, which is why the link was removed.

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  8. Feb 28, 2008 #7
    Just ask MJ! He he
     
  9. Jul 31, 2011 #8
    I've read several reviews about L glutathione, many have tried it and said it worked for them. I also think it does work, but there are so many products sold over the counter that you can't even tell if it is really working or not. I also use a whitening cream called Neucell Skin Lightener, all natural ingredients that is really good for the skin, you might wanna try it, it gave me wonderful results in evening out my skin tone, hope this helps you.
     
  10. Jul 31, 2011 #9

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    You are responding to someone that hasn't been here for 4 1/2 years.
     
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