These answers are for informational purposes and do not replace a physician head-to-head visit. A patient-physician relationship is not established.
There is some decent evidence that Glutathione injections work in lightening the skin. There was an article last year, that the oral form caused skin ligthening. This was done in a decent study. The safety of Glutathione is no known, however, as there are no long term safety studies that I know of. Glutathione occurs naturally in the human body. Glutathione injections have become very popular in some Asian countries, especially the Philippines.
I attended a meeting recently and a dermatologist from the Philippines assured me that it did work for moderate skin lightening in her patients.
Hope that helps and I would be happy to answer further questions.
Thank you for your reply. Where can you buy the Glutathione injections in the UK? Are there any tablets that would be as efficient?
Glutathione pills are quiteeaily found in most natural health centers and perhaps, pharmacies (chemists), but I do not know about injections. If you do decide to opt for injections make sure you go to a reputable and licensed physician. The safety of the injections has not been established.
How about ordering the injections from the philippines?
I am sorry, I would really not know. My gut, not speaking as a physician, would tell me to be leery, especially anything to be injected into your body.
I am wondering.....How did XXXXX XXXXX get to whiten his whole body and face when he was born as a black person? Surely, there must be safe ways of lightening the skin by reducing excess melanin permanently. As a dermatologist, how would you address hyperpigmentaion? What product would you recommend to use that would bring good results?
Actually, XXXXX XXXXX developed vitiligo, a loss pigment. He had developed such extensive loss of pigment that his dermatologist and him decided to remove the remaining pigment with a chemical called Benoquin He then would apply a product called Vitadye to his skin. He actually had no pigment at all after the Benoquin treatment. Like most US dermatologists I prescribe Hydroquinoneto lighten areas.
One last question - I found out that mequinol 10% can be used as a skin lightener or for hyperpigmentation as benoquin should only be used for vitiligo. Do I need to add tretinoin to it or can I use mequinol on its own?
Mequinol can be used on its own.
It was not a big seller here in the States, and the company which was making it discontinued it. I personally thought it was a pretty good product.
Hope that helps.
Yes, that's great.
Thanks for your input.