“Out, damned spot!” used to be a phrase reserved for your laundry. But as you get older, sunspots start to appear, and then grow and accelerate on your skin.
Age spots form from excess melanin. It is mostly “stressors” like pollution and stress that cause melanin production to accelerate. The biggest culprit, however, is UV light. The sunlight will cause a cascade, or sequence, of steps that trigger melanin production (Mutation Research, 2005; Pigment Cell Research, 1992).
To combat these sunspots, experts traditionally recommend concentrated agents like retinoids, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, kojic acid, and vitamin C. However, many of these ingredients can be harsh and drying for the skin. What’s more, the skin can become sensitized to these ingredients over time (International Journal of Dermatology, 2008), which is why you can still get a new sunspot, even after using your favorite retinoid religiously for years!
Here are four new agents designed to treat sunspots:
Melavoid™ is a natural lightening ingredient designed for use all over the skin, not just on sunspots.
With regular use over time, Melavoid™ has been shown to lighten skin tone evenly and uniformly, thus reducing the number of different types of hyperpigmentation spots (Center for Chem).
Melavoid™ is an award winning innovative ingredient from the SEPAWA Innovation Corporation Awards in 2014 (Source).
Developed from alpine plants, Gigawhite™ is a skin brightening complex.
In one study, Gigawhite™ was been tested on 10 subjects of Asian origin, with statistically significant bleaching effects. These skin lightening effects may partly be attributed to tyrosinase inhibition. (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2009), which means that Gigawhite™ may work in the same fashion as hydroquinone, but without the reported side effects!
The third brightening ingredient in AminoGenesis Spotlight Skin Brightener is Apple-ECO™.
Apple extract has been shown to mildly inhibit tyrosinase, resulting in some improvement in age spots over time (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).
Apple extract has also been found to hydrate the skin as effectively as hyaluronic acid while providing antioxidant benefits to the skin. It also conditions the skin and provides gentle, non-irritating exfoliation.
Believe it or not, amino acids may be another novel source of skin lightening.
According to Cosmetic Design, short sequences of amino acids may act as skin lightening agents. How this works is unclear, but it is possible that stress inhibits the availability of nutrients (like amino acids) within the skin. By supplementing fibroblasts and keratinocytes with amino acids, it is possible there is less “stress signaling”, and hence less age spot production, within the skin!
It’s a good idea to switch up your hyperpigmentation treatments now and again, especially if you are noticing new sunspots!
We recommend AminoGenesis Spotlight Skin Brightener, which contains Melavoid™, Gigawhite™, AppleECO™, and amino acids to brighten the skin!
With regular use of the extracts in AminoGenesis Spotlight Skin Brightener, you are likely to get results, especially if you have tried other lightening and brightening agents that have not worked in the past. This is because AminoGenesis Spotlight Skin Brightener contains compounds and extracts that work on the skin in different ways than other formulations! We highly recommend our AminoGenesis Spotlight Skin Brightener — as with other AminoGenesis products, we stand by it fully with our 30-day money-back guarantee!