Skin Whitening

Glutathione has been implicated in skin whitening and as such it has been widely used throughout Asian countries as a skin whitening agent. However, this effect is not seen in all patients. It does depends on your liver’s ability to metabolize the glutathione. This whitening is a welcome side effect of the glutathione treatment for many.

 

Who wants skin whitening?

Increased levels of melanin in the epidermis result in a state known as hypermelanosis or hyperpigmentation. Certain conditions, such as pregnancy or Addison’s disease (decreased function of the adrenal gland), may cause a greater production of melanin and hyperpigmentation

Increased melanin deposition

  • Generalized –
    • Addison’s,
    • Haemochromatosis,
    • Grave’s,
    • ACTH ,
    • Drugs,
    • Sun-exposure
  • Localized –
    • Freckles,
    • Café-au-lait macules,
    • Peutz-Jeghers syndrome,
    • Melasma,
    • Melanosis

How does Glutathione whiten the skin?

Research results indicates that glutathione inhibits the synthesis and agglutination of melanin. Because glutathione IV reacts with your melanin, there can be an overall whitening of the skin and reduction in age spots, freckles or other hyperpigmentation.

Many patients notice a brightening in the skin and that they appear noticeably “whiter