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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459 Consumer Reviews for Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher

Average Consumer Rating: 4.4
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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    My awful brown spots!

    My brown spots are a result of a fall I took in the parking lot carrying a stack of plastic boxes. I had several divets on my arm, one being quite deep. After they healed, I was left with brown splotches that haven't gone away. They are thick skin that lifts from time to time and when it lifts, the spots turns dark red. Eventually, they go back to brown spots. I have only been using the Spot Diminisher for a few weeks, but it seems to be helping. The skin doesn't seem as thick as it was and they haven't been lifting or peeling. So far so good! It also smells great. Thank you.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Dark spots are disappearing!

    I live in Arizona in a beautiful location that is one mile high. I am a teacher and a cowgirl, which means I am out in the sun all day! At 70 years young, I have a lot of sun damage. Dark Spot Diminisher is quickly taking care of these spots!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    • Shelbyville, Kentucky,
    • Sep 9, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Dear Dr. Gundry,

    I am a 68 year old woman with freckles, sun damage and Actiinin Keratoses on my face and I don't like to wear much makeup. I tried many products over the years and wasted a lot of money. I have been using your "Dark Spot Diminisher" for about 3 weeks now and I am astonished at the result. My skin looks and feels different in a good way. The freckles, sun damage and even the AKs that have not been treated look better (smoother and lighter).

    Thank You!

    Kate

    P.S. I'm going to try DSD on my husband's face.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    This product does what it is claimed to do.

    • Wilder, VT,
    • Sep 9, 2017
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    I have definitely noticed a lightening of a birthmark on my hand that I have had forever! The only complaint is, it is going quite fast; perhaps I use too much.

    Anyway, I would purchase this item again.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Amazing product!

    I am 47 years old from a five-generation farming family, so I've spent more than my share of time in the sun. I have always had mild freckles, but when I became pregnant at age 40, I developed some very dark "splotchiness" on my cheeks. I have tried many products and different concealers and foundations, but I really don't like wearing a lot of makeup.

    I have been using this product for three weeks, and ALL of my dark splotches are much lighter. Even my freckles are lighter! The biggest surprise is that my skin is smoother and tighter than its been in years! I love the feeling of the product when I apply it to my skin, neck and upper chest. It absorbs right in, and the smell is very pleasant. I let it dry a few seconds then I apply my moisturizer (which I think works better now!).

    I still have 1/2 a bottle remaining, and I have faithfully applied morning and night, so I am very happy with the quantity for the price. This product is impressive so far, and I can't wait to see the results in the weeks to come! Thank you Dr. Gundry!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not embarrassed by my hands anymore

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    First, I want to say thank you to Dr. Gundry and all the people who participated in the research and development of this product. Thank you!

    When the dark spots started to develop, I couldn't say for sure, I just thought that they were part of getting older - something I couldn't do anything about, so I ignored them for the most part. Then, I began to notice dark spots developing at my temples and one in the middle of my forehead! Now I was paying attention and trying to cover these with makeup. As a rule, I don't wear makeup, but I've become quite the artist when it comes to covering and blending, so the spots are less noticeable on my face. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do about the spots on my hands.

    I have always said, "I have working hands" since I love to garden and do small repairs around my home I'm not a fan of hiring someone to do things that I'm capable of and enjoy doing myself. I think this could have participated in how my hands looked, and just accepted it as fact.

    Over time the dark spots on my hands have multiplied and become darker. This was most embarrassing when my fiancé and I visited the jewelry store to pick out our wedding rings. And then, of course, the excitement of friends and family wanting to see the beautiful ring my husband gave to me. I can't express my embarrassment.

    When I read about Dark Spot Diminisher, I have to admit I was skeptical. I've tried over the counter products with no results. So, I watched Dr. Gundry's video and ordered the product. I've been using the diminishing cream for a few weeks now, and I can't believe how much better my hands and face look! The spots are fading, my skin looks healthier and I'm very happy.

    Again, I want to say thank you, Dr. Gundry, for your research and development of this product.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Dark spots lighter in ONE DAY!

    • California,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    I have tried many dark spot lighteners, with little effect, so initially, I was hesitant to try this product, especially because it is a high-end product. Fears be gone! This product very noticeably lightened my dark spots on my forearms in only ONE DAY! I couldn't believe it! After one week of use, the spots were hardly noticeable. However, it did not do much for the dark spots on my face (puzzling). Use of a sunblock is necessary so as to not lose the improvements.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Happy so far!

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Sep 26, 2017
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    I've only been using the Dark Spot Deminisher for over a week but time will tell. I love the face cream! I love that there is ongoing communication with Dr. Gundry.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Dark Spot Diminisher

    I began using this product tongue in cheek. I never expected much in the way of results. After the first week, I noticed the dark marks getting lighter. I thought I was just being wishful. But I kept using the diminisher. Now, I know it's working because the dark marks on my face have been significantly lightened! Finally! A product that actually keeps its promise and works!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Really works!

    • Pahrump, NV,
    • Oct 8, 2017
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    I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Dark Spot Diminisher. The spot I was concerned with was just beside my upper lip and was getting darker and more noticeable every day. It took less than a week before I noticed it was really working. Now I have to look hard to see it.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Dark Spot Diminisher

    So far I have been using it for approximately two months. Not two times a day, but at least one a day, and I am pleased with the results I've experienced. It is extremely light in texture, which is a positive. The scent is mild, which is also a positive.

    Thank you!

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

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