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A simple experimental method to study depigmenting agents

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The first objective of the study was to verify that a controlled UV exposure of four areas of the forearms together with randomized product application enabled to compare treatment efficacy and then to compare the depigmenting efficacy of different products with a simple experimental method. Sixteen volunteers received 0.7 minimal erythermal dose for four consecutive days. Products tested were ellagic acid (0.5%), vitamin C (5%) and C8-LHA (2%). Product application started 72 h post last exposure, was repeated for 42 days, the control zone being exposed, non-treated. Colour measurements included Chromameter®, Chromasphere®, Spectro-colorimeter and visual assessment. Comparison of colour values at day 1 and at day 7 showed that all zones were comparably tanned, allowing a rigorous comparison of the treatments. We report a new simple experimental model, which enables the rapid comparison of different depigmenting products. The efficacy and good tolerance of C8-LHA make it an excellent candidate for the treatment of hyperpigmentory disorders.
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Keywords: cosmetic whitening; depigmenting agents; depigmenting effect; human model; short experimental study

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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