Skin Pigmentation and Ethnic Skin
Whether it’s hyperpigmentation, blotchiness, unwanted freckles, lentigenes (also known as age or liver spots) or hormone induced melasma, pigmentation disorders plague all age groups and skin types. However, ethnic skin types are even more susceptible to pigment disorders. In fact, studies have shown skin discoloration and pigmentation disorders are one of the most common dermatological problems associated with ethnic skin types (1).
The spectrum of skin colors that are visible to the human eye are a result of a pigmentation process in which a copper containing enzyme, tyrosinase, triggers the production of melanin. The more melanin produced, the darker or browner the skin appears. Skin pigmentation disorders occur when this natural pigmentation process is disrupted, thus resulting in unevenly pigmented or discolored areas of the skin. An effective skin lighting product will correct this pigmentation process.
Clinical Studies Have Shown Pigmentation Disorders are Treatable Using Natural Biotics
Recent clinical studies have uncovered some good news for those experiencing skin discoloration problems. It has been shown that skin pigmentation is not a result of constitutive (that is, genetic) factors as much as it is due to the ongoing production of tyrosinase, which is controllable through the topical application of the enzyme inhibitor, hydroquinone. According to recent clinical studies, a combination of therapies including the daily application of a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen (UVA and UVB protection), as well as the use of a hydroquinone based cream is the most effective, non-irritating method for effectively treating pigmentation disorders (2).
Natural Treatment Options: Bearberry Shrub, Licorice Root, and Ascorbic Acid
Hydroquinone is a chemical compound that can be naturally derived from living biotic sources in the form of arbutin. Living sources of arbutin include bearberry shrub, mulberry, blueberry, and cranberry. Why are these living extracts, like arbutin, preferable to synthetic compounds, like hydroquinone? Living biotics not only share the same scientifically proven efficacy as their synthetic counterparts, but also contain phytochemicals and other medicinal and nutritional properties unknown to the scientific community to date.
Safe, natural skin lightening products, such as Rejuvene Skin Lightening Cream, will often contain the highly concentrated form of alpha-arbutin extracted from the bearberry shrub, which has been clinically shown to have tyrosinase inhibiting and skin lightening properties (3). Unlike chemical bleaching creams which can be highly toxic and carcinogenic, Rejuvene Skin Lightening products utilize the naturally high concentrations of glabridin acid found in licorice extract, as well as naturally derived citric and lactic acids, to gently correct the pigmentation process. Clinical studies have shown licorice extract to not only be an effective skin lightener, but also an anti-inflammatory, which lessens the irritation inherently caused by altering the pigment of the skin (4). When such a synergistic blend of botanical extracts is applied to the face, the results are luminescent, radiant and evenly toned skin.
Source by Carly Arenaz