About Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher
By “harnessing the power of polyphenols,” Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher promises to significantly fade the appearance of dark spots in just a few weeks. How?
According to Gundry MD, Dark Spot Diminisher delivers a “breakthrough” solution to your skin that can address the problem from the inside, helping to reduce the appearance of age spots, sun spots, liver spots, macules, freckles, and more on the outside. Then, its polyphenols can help protect against UV damage and the glycation process (more soon), which can prevent future dark spots from appearing.
And because Dark Spot Diminisher claims to strengthen cell membranes and provide better moisture retention, Gundry MD promises to deliver fresh looking skin for any skin type.
To accomplish this, Gundry MD tells us you only need to apply a dime-sized amount of Diminisher to your dark spots twice daily (once in the morning and again at night), and you could see visible results in as little as two weeks. Perhaps best of all, they claim to only use 100% safe ingredients without any reported side effects.
Even if Dark Spot Diminisher really can help you “take back the glow you deserve,” will it provide the most value for your money? Are there other options that could work just as well, but at a lower price? Let’s start finding some answers to all your important questions.
What Are Dark Spots? How Do They Form?
Age spots can go by many names, including sun spots, liver spots, solar lentigines, and more. Regardless of what you call them though, they’re simply flat brown (sometimes black or grey) spots underneath the skin caused by the accumulation of melanin.
Here’s a good way to think about it: If you spend too much time in the sun, your skin naturally produces more melanin to protect against further UV damage. This is what most of us refer to as a suntan.
After years of sun exposure, this melanin can begin “clumping” together permanently, resulting in age spots, which become more prevalent after we reach the age of 40. This is why sun spots most often appear in areas frequently exposed to sun, such as the face, back of the hands, forearms, and shoulders.
Glycation, AGEs, & Polyphenols, Oh My!
What about the glycation and A.G.E. referenced in the Dark Spot Diminisher video and on their website? Glycation occurs when a protein or lipid molecule bonds with a sugar molecule, resulting in a “haphazard process that impairs the functioning of biomolecules.”
The final result of the glycation process is something known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which “are known to contribute to increased oxidant stress and inflammation, [and are] are linked to the recent epidemics of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
Polyphenols, on the other hand, are a type of antioxidant found in a variety of foods, which, like most other antioxidants, might have the ability to fight free radicals and reduce instances of cancer and other diseases.
Now, is there anything contained in Dark Spot Diminisher that can fade dark spots or reduce the effects of glycation?
What Ingredients Does Dark Spot Diminisher Contain?
According to Gundry MD’s website, Dark Spot Diminisher contains (only active ingredients are hyperlinked):
Deionized Water, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane (Derived from Sugar Cane), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Rhodiola Rosea (Roseroot) Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Lysolecithin, Oxycoccus Palustris (Arctic Cranberry) Seed Oil, Resveratrol, Diamond Powder, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 60, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Pullulan, Sclerotium Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Dictate
Like just about every OTC skincare treatment, the vast majority of Dark Spot Diminisher’s ingredients act as emollients, lubricants, preservatives, and skin conditioning agents. As such, they’re primarily responsible for making the cream feel good against your skin, while helping your skin retain additional moisture.
While this is certainly positive, most of these seem to have very little clinical evidence indicating that they’ll address dark spots in any meaningful way.
To this extent, diglucosyl gallic acid is a patented molecule that’s converted into trihydroxy benzoic acid (THBA) by the body’s natural microorganisms, which may even skin tone and lighten pigmentation. However, there doesn’t seem to be any publically available clinical evidence supporting these claims.
The mild caffeine content found in green tea may help temporarily (and very mildly) firm skin, while the diamond powder is an abrasive, supposedly to help exfoliate skin and promote cell turnover.
Finally, Kakadu Plum contains high levels of antioxidants (which we’ve already discussed), as does acai and blueberry.
What conclusions can we draw? Based on the available clinical evidence for each of its ingredients, it doesn’t seem that Dark Spot Diminisher’s formulation would be especially effective for promoting even skin tone or reducing the appearance of age spots.
Effectiveness aside, will you pay a lot of Dark Spot Diminisher?
How Much Does Dark Spot Diminisher Cost?
Dark Spot Diminisher is priced as follows:
- 1 Bottle: $49
- 2 Bottles: $86
- 3 Bottles: $120
Like all Gundry MD products (more about this next), Dark Spot Diminisher comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at (800) 852-0477.
How does this price stack up against other dark spot treatments?
Does Dark Spot Diminisher Have Any Competition?
Because you’re reading this review, you almost certainly recognize that there are thousands of other products out there claiming to address dark spots in one way or another. In fact, we’ve reviewed many of these popular products here at HighYa, including Beverly Hills MD Dark Spot Corrector, City Dark Spot Corrector, truVitaliti, and Genucel.
Comparatively, how does Gundry MD’s formula stack up?
While their exact formulations can be as diverse as the manufacturers themselves, most dark spot correctors work using ingredients intended to lighten skin, such as hydroquinone, lignin peroxidase, ellagic acid, and more. Conversely, Dark Spot Diminisher uses diglucosyl gallic acid, which appears to have less clinical evidence supporting it than more traditional ingredients.
From a price perspective, most dark spot correctors seem to fall somewhere between $30 and $60, so Dark Spot Diminisher appears to be priced somewhere in the middle.
Need more help deciding which dark spot corrector ingredients might work best for you? Be sure to read How to Treat Dark Spots!
Who Is Dr. Steven Gundry?
Dr. Steven Gundry is the namesake behind Gundry MD, and has been practicing medicine as a heart surgeon for 30+ years. He’s also Director for The International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, as well as the Founder for The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs/Santa Barbara.
According to Dr. Gundry, he founded Gundry MD in order to help customers “benefit from a new scientific breakthrough that has allowed literally thousands of people to feel healthier and happier than they ever thought possible.” Exactly what this breakthrough is, we’re not told, but it’s likely something related to polyphenols.
Let’s carry this thought over into the final section.
Will Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher Work for You?
In the Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher promo video, like many of Gundry MD’s other products (including Primal Plants, Vital Reds, Lectin Shield, and more), the company claims to treat root of the problem from the inside-out. However, since Dark Spot Diminisher is only applied to the surface of the skin, this simply can’t occur.
If Dark Spot Diminisher did actually effect change from the inside-out though, it would be considered a drug (versus and OTC beauty product) and subject to much more intense government oversight.
Next, while polyphenols certainly seem to have some positive clinical evidence showing their ability to reduce free radicals (just like any other antioxidant), it’s not clear exactly how much is needed to accomplish this. Even then, we didn’t come across any evidence indicating polyphenols are especially good at reducing dark spots or preventing UV damage—or that they’re effective at all for these purposes.
In the end, we’re consumers too, and we want to get just as much value for our dollar. Given this, despite the largely positive customer feedback for Gundry MD’s other products, we might talk with our doctor before placing our order.
If you’re intent on ordering though, Gundry MD seems to stand behind their products with a 3-month refund window, which means you might only be out a few bucks in S&H if you’re dissatisfied.
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