Glutathione has become extremely popular today. Anyone who follows skin care even remotely has heard of glutathione.
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is a substance that is naturally produced by the human body; the liver. It is an antioxidant made from glycine, glutamic acid, and cysteine. Glutathione is prepared like any cosmetic or vitamin product in a safe sterile laboratory setup from these three amino acids.
Glutathione can also be found in many healthy foods. Walnut, tomato, avocado and oranges help maintain high levels of glutathione in the blood.
While glutathione is used in treatment of various chronic diseases, in this article we are going to talk about glutathione treatment for hyperpigmentation and skin whitening. While it’s a known fact that glutathione is rich in antioxidant properties; it is its anti-melanogenic properties that has led to its popularity as a skin lightening agent.
How is glutathione skin whitening different from other skin lightening agents?
The common depigmenting agents most of us have heard or read about are hydroquinone, kojic acid, Vitamin E and C, glycolic acid, to name a few.
The biggest difference between glutathione and these agents is that while the effect of these agents is localized to the site of application, glutathione’s effect is more systemic.
How does glutathione work?
Glutathione works by clearing the body of free radicals and toxins that can lead to skin problems like hyperpigmentation, melasma and freckles.
In addition to skin whitening, glutathione has also shown benefit in anti aging due to reduction of free radicals and in acne and acne related pigmentation.
Glutathione can be prescribed in three different ways:
- Oral tablets / pills,
- Creams for topical application, and
- Intravenous (IV) injections.
Having said that, the injection route of administration for glutathione is still not FDA approved.
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