A study in Taiwan will examine whether an extract from the evergreen bush, Cinnamomum suabvenium, a close relative of cinnamon, can be used in skin lightening formulations.
In previous research by the Ksojdoing Medical University in Taiwan, two plant chemicals reduced melanin levels in fish embryos by almost half in four days. From there, the researchers wondered if these herbal bleaches, capable of transforming embryos from black to white, could also lighten the skin of women.
Skin lighteners are commonly used by women in Asia and typically include harsh ingredients like mercury and hydroquinone which can cause redness, inflammation and other related skin problems.
Scientists believe this research could lead to a natural formulation based on only one percent of active ingredients that could potentially be available in stores in as little as a year. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Are you currently using products to lighten age spots and freckles?