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.

Did Dark Spot Diminisher by Gundry MD reduce the appearance of your age spots? Do you feel the results were worth the price? We want to know all your feedback by writing a review below!

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62 Consumer Reviews for Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher

Average Consumer Rating: 4.5
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5 star: 33 4 star: 26 3 star: 3 2 star: 0 1 star:  0
Bottom Line: 97% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Dark spots are better

    My first bottle of Dark Spot Diminisher is gone and the spots are reduced in color. I will continue with my second bottle and see if they go down in color more. If not I will probably be disappointed. I am anxious to see how long the spots remain at the lighter color when I am done with my current product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • It works!

    I am using the Dark Spot Diminisher for 3 weeks and notice my dark spots on top of my hands have started to fade. I apply the product in the am and pm. Dr. Gundry mentioned in the offer that it was not a quick fix and it would take time for the results. I am confident my dark spots will diminish even more over time.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Still waiting

    I began using it day and night. I started traveling and lucky to get in once a day use. I have a huge dark circle on top of my nose that I was hoping to fade. I haven’t given up yet! I have complete confidence in Dr. Gundry and his products. I will continue to use as directed.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 13, 2017

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Maria! Thank you so much for letting us know about your experience with the Dark Spot Diminisher. I am so glad to hear that you are using the Dark Spot Diminisher as often as you can. I would love to be updated about your experience as time goes on. You can email me at Aria@Gundrymd.com if you'd like! I look forward to hearing from you!

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Still working on some large spots

    I practically ran upstairs to wash my face and begin my face's relationship with Dr. Gundry's Dark Spot Diminisher because I hate those ugly brown spots on my face.

    I have several brown spots alongside both eyes, and three large-ish (about the size of the tip of my pinkie finger) spots on each cheek, and a long spot on the left side of my nose.

    After two weeks, the spots alongside my eyes, and the one on my nose are about 75% gone. I can notice a definite improvement on a daily basis. The larger dark spots on my cheeks are lightening, but still, I have a long ways to go - maybe a 20% improvement.

    I have noticed that the skin around the cheek spots is clearer - which in some ways makes the large spots stand out more. I assume there were tiny dark spots that have disappeared, leaving the skin smooth and even-colored. I plan to continue using Dr. Gundry's Dark Spot Diminisher as I feel that it is producing the desired results.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 13, 2017

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for leaving us such a detailed review of your experience with the Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher! I am so happy to hear that you are seeing such huge improvement in your dark spots already. I would love to hear more about your experience since the time you left this review. If you'd like, you can email me at Aria@Gundrymd.com! Thank you for being a part of the Gundry MD family!

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great for delicate skin

    First of all, I'm a redhead with very little melanin in my skin. Second, I'm allergic to almost every lotion. Third, I'm getting to the age where I'm getting dark spots on my face, neck, and arms. Not a look I like at any age! I've tried other, very expensive I might add, products. Some caused little growths to appear. Cancer (they went away when I stopped using it)? Some made me itch. Some were just greasy and useless.

    Straight up I'm a fan of Dr. Gundry and his products, and I trust what he says and promotes. Now, this stuff is not cheap, but I thought I'd give it a try. Well, I can tell you it works, not immediately but steadily. The spots on my hands, arms, neck, and face have all become much lighter. And I know it's good for my skin and won't cause any issues later on.

    So thanks, Dr. Gundry, and if you could do anything about bringing the price down that'd be the best.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Excellent product.

    I am 60 years old and spent many years in the sun damaging my skin. Two dermatologists told me I need a peel or laser treatments. Then I saw Dr. Gundry's product and thought I would give it a try.

    I can honestly say after almost one month of use, I am pleasantly surprised at the results. The first thing I noticed was that my skin was smoother. Secondly, the spots are starting to fade.

    I can't thank Dr. Gundry enough for his innovative approach to skin care and his desire to help those of us who did not know any better years ago!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Dark Spot Diminisher

    • Saratoga, CA,
    • Dec 7, 2017
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    I have been using the Polyphenol for about for almost a month now. I put it on the back of my hands twice a day. I am 87 years old and have a lot of brown spots. I have noticed that the spots are slowly fading.

    I have used not quite half of the bottle. I feel encouraged about the outcome and will continue using the Dark Spot Diminisher twice a day until, hopefully, the spots will be completely gone.

    I'll be able to tell you more in another month or two. I bought three bottles and it may just take that much for all the spots to disappear.

    P.S. I like the fragrance.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 7, 2017

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Lia! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher! It's so great to hear that you are already noticing your dark spots fade away in such a short amount of time. I would love to be updated with your experience as time goes on. If you would like, you can email me directly at Aria@Gundrymd.com! I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your Gundry MD experience!

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  • Getting there

    I am starting to see some fading. I guess it takes a while. I will continue as long as the results are there. I am hoping for the best. When I finish my first bottle, I will order another.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Polyphenol Dark Spot Diminisher

    I have just started using this product. I am at an age where I am just now starting to see dark spots appear. Since starting to use the product a short time ago, it is slowly reducing the dark spots as I am applying the product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • I’m a believer!

    • Alameda, CA,
    • Dec 3, 2017
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    I’m a believer! For several years, I’ve tried so many creams to diminish dark spots on my hands, only to be disappointed! I was even avoiding dark nail polish and some of my jewelry to avoid attention to my hands.

    I read about Dr. Gundry’s Dark Spot Diminisher and thought I’d give it a try. Nothing to lose with the money back guarantee. I wasn’t hopeful about results. I even kept the shipping box to return it!

    I’ve been using it for about a month and have seen significant fading of dark spots. I’m very anxious to see what the next month shows!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Seems to be working

    I've seen some improvement in the back of my hands, better than other products I've tried. It isn't a cure, but it does seem to help. I'll know more when spring comes and my hands are getting more sun, which is when the dark spots really show up, even with sunscreen. So far I'm pleased with the product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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