Lumixyl: Skin Brightening Breakthrough?
by Edie Pastis
Hyperpigmentation, melasma and skin discoloration are common skin issues that can cause men and women to look unhealthy, tired, and/or older than their years. As a new potential solution to uneven skin tone, Lumixyl™ Topical Brightening Crème is earning recommendations from dermatologists and patients alike. Read on to learn how Lumixyl works, and how it compares to other skin brighteners like Hydroquinone.
What is Lumixyl?
Lumixyl is a physician-prescribed, topical cream that was originally developed by Stanford University researchers. Promoted as a non-toxic, non-allergenic treatment, Lumixyl is reportedly safe for all skin types and for long-term use. It is primarily meant to treat uneven skin tone symptoms, including:
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
How Does Lumixyl Work?
The official Lumixyl website claims that the product's oligopeptide complex of ten amino acids is the only one "shown to measurably promote healthy skin function in restraining tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for initiating the overproduction of melanin". As you probably know, an overabundance of melanin in skin can evidence itself as melasma or another form of hyperpigmentation.
The results of the first Lumixyl clinical study were published in an August '09 volume of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. In that clinical study, five female patients with obvious signs of epidermal melasma were treated with Lumixyl for a period of 16 weeks. It's worth noting that all study patients had also previously used Tri-Luma cream for six months to treat their hyperpigmentation; but this didn't seem to yield noticeable skin improvements. Tested against a control group, the patients using Lumixyl twice daily reportedly showed a 40% reduction in excess melanin and hyperpigmentation. All Lumixyl study patients also rated themselves as being either "very satisfied" or "extremely satisfied" with their overall treatment experience.
More About Lumixyl
Currently available at select U.S. physician's offices, Lumixyl costs $120 per ounce on average. Recommended usage is a pea-sized dollop applied to clean skin twice a day. Not only is Lumixyl said to be safe for long-term use, it reportedly won't increase sun-sensitivity, and won't cause tenderness, peeling or redness like other skin brighteners can. Lumixyl also claims to be completely non-toxic, as well as water-soluble and irritant-free.
Lumixyl vs. Other Skin Brighteners
Aside from Lumixyl, the two most popular skin discoloration treatments on the market today are Tri-Luma and Hydroquinone. Hydroquinone—essentially a skin bleach—has been around for the longest, but it's no longer considered the safest skin brightening treatment. For one thing, Hydroquinone makes skin hyper-sensitive to sunlight. For this reason, it is said to increase patients' cancer risk and is banned from use in some countries. On occasion, patients have reported that Hydroquinone causes ochronosis as well, or darkening of the skin, with extended use.
Tri-Luma is allegedly safer than Hydroquinone, but it can still cause increased skin sensitivity, redness, peeling, etc. Tri-Luma contains Hydroquinone as one of its active ingredients, as well as tretinoin, or vitamin A. Also a topical treatment cream, Tri-Luma may cause allergic reactions for patients with allergies to sulfites. Lumixyl treatments don't carry these risks for its patients.
It may be hard to determine which skin brightener will work best for you without a test run of these products. But if you're concerned about side effects, or want to ensure you treat your hyperpigmentation with the product or procedure that makes the most sense for you, we recommend a consultation with a professional cosmetic provider. A skin care specialist will be able to evaluate your skin's needs, and then help you choose the most appropriate treatment option for you.
OTC Skin Brighteners
Lots of over-the-counter skin products and lotions today claim to help lighten skin as well, by utilizing ingredients that are said to be natural skin brighteners, such as:
- kojic acid
- soy protein
- vitamin C
While these products may help with the overall evening out of skin tone, they won't be as effective for patients with moderate to severe cases of melasma, dark age spots and other pronounced forms of hyperpigmentation. Plus, many of these over the counter products aren't formulated for specific skin types, so there's a good chance it could irritate your skin or be completely ineffectual.
Professional Hyperpigmentation Treatments
For patients who are trying to correct melasma, age spots, sun damage or rosacea, a cosmetic skin treatment administered by a professional aesthetic provider could be the best bet. To specifically treat melasma or sun damage, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are very effective choices. If you have hyperpigmentation in the form of age spots or sun spots, which obviously require more "spot-on" treatment, IPL Photofacial or laser skin rejuvenation will be the way to go.
To learn more about professional hyperpigmentation treatments, or to find a professional skin care provider near you, contact our representatives! They can give you more information about a specific skin care treatment, or even schedule a free consultation with a cosmetic specialist in your area. Don't let problem skin get you down any more! Brighten up, with cosmetic enhancement and skin rejuvenation procedures!
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