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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388 Consumer Reviews for Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher

Average Consumer Rating: 4.5
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Dual spots

    • Portland, OR,
    • Jul 21, 2018
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    My wife and I are both using the product. My wife has had exceptional results and my results not quite as fast as I have had mine for many years, my wife is 75, and I am 79. I expect that my spot will eventually disappear as it is slowly diminishing. It is more important for my wife as she used to cover hers with makeup.

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

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  • Dark Spot Diminisher

    • California,
    • Jul 19, 2018
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    Hi, I've been using the Dark Spot Diminisher for a few weeks now and can tell that my skin has lighted up. The spots are still there, I am hoping that within time they too will go away, or lighten. I have noticed that the little bottle gets some of the product around the edge of the dropper and so some of the product is lost.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Miraculous product

    • Santa Fe, NM,
    • Jul 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered Dark Spot Diminisher a month or more ago, hoping to at least lighten the dark areas on my face, in particular, one very dark spot on my chin. It appeared a year ago and nothing would get rid of it, plus it was large, 3/4 inch long and 3/8 inch wide. I started applying it twice daily as instructed, within a week it literally sloughed off, I still have a smudge of dark spot on the area and am working on it now. I also apply the lotion to my forearms and my face zeroing in on dark areas. One on the underside of my wrist is half as dark as it was, I expect it to be totally gone in a few more weeks, the dark spots on my face are also fading. Incredible.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Verdict still out

    • Sarasota, FL,
    • Jul 19, 2018
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    I have been using this for a month. I am seeing an improvement, but I have a few spots that are going to be my "challenge" success indicators. I will reserve my final verdict until I have used all the bottles I ordered. I am certainly hoping for a two thumbs up response.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Amazing!

    • California,
    • Jul 17, 2018
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    I had tried several things, which did not work. I'm 69 and have several spots from sun damage over the years. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting to remove brown spots. I had several on my face and within two days I could see that they were lightening.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Snake Oil Salesman

    • Australia,
    • Jul 15, 2018
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    I am trying to improve the appearance of my sun damaged skin. Although I did not believe the assertions that dark spots are not sun related I was willing to try. At the very least, I thought, it will make the skin less dry or perhaps even out the color a little. No such luck! It did nothing! I am now 3 bottles in and nothing has changed. No point sending it back as I wanted to after the first bottle as postage is expensive-\, may as well just use it now.

    What they are selling is akin to the garbage peddled by the snake oil salesman of days gone by. Save your money! Buy cheap creams, rose hip, paw paw – just as efficacious for a fraction of the cost

    I certainly hope Dr. Gundry's approach to his everyday medical job is a little more evidence-based.

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

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    • Jul 16, 2018

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Robyn, my name is Aria with Gundry MD. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I’m sorry to hear that your experience with the Dark Spot Diminisher is not what you had hoped. Many of our customers experience the positive benefits of this product but we recognize that everybody is different and our products may not work as well for some. I will be more than happy to issue you a full refund, no need to send anything back. Please email me at aria@gundrymd.com and I can get that process started for you right away! Thank you for giving our product a try.

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    When I'm 64

    • Davenport, IA,
    • Jul 14, 2018
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    I think I'm hooked! I'll be turning 64 in August (When I'm 64, Beatles song), and I'm feeling pretty good about myself. I had sunspots above my left eye, that looked like I did a terrible job on my eyeshadow. I've been applying Gundry MD to that area, and I'm really pleased with the results. I also use it on my hands and arms. I'm an avid gardener, and I am outside a lot. My best friend has a pool, and we get together every weekend. I stay in the shaded area, usually. We're from that era that liked to fry our skin to get a tan. As I get older, I'm going to try products that help me look younger. Thanks for helping your wife and me feel better about ourselves.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Fading heart-shaped spot

    • Little Compton, RI,
    • Jul 13, 2018
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    I curiously acquired a heart-shaped brownish spot on the right side of the bridge of my nose several years ago. It would grow darker and lighter at varying intervals.

    Doing a sloppy imitation of a mad chemist, I made a series of lotions using essential and carrier oils in efforts to remedy the epithelial anomaly. Some of the blends had minor noticeable benefits.

    Yet working on my family's farm and being outdoors for a substantial amount of time, the sunlight often interfered with the healing process, even with the fairly consistent use of hats and UV protection.

    Having procured and enjoyed several of their products for at least a few years, I was thrilled to learn that they offered a remedy for dark spots.

    I could sadly only snag two bottles when I responded to the initial offering. After the first application, I regretted not having been able to afford more bottles at the discounted price.

    After a few days, an acutely observant friend said, "Your skin looks amazing, your wrinkles are gone." Though she's sometimes prone to enthusiastically colorful embellishment, even my sometimes self-deprecating proclivities were surprisingly impressed.

    My friend asked me about the new lotion and I looked up the link to forward to her. I was stunned when I saw the regular cost. Of course, having been making my own lotions for years, I had no experiential comparable expenditures for "beauty products." So I was clueless and again, regretted having not been able to take more advantage of the initial offering. Oh well.

    Some holistic providers award regular discounts to somewhat consistent customers after a year or so. Others require a commitment to a monthly auto payment, while others will offer periodic deals of three products for the price of two. Most discount purchases for 6 > 12 month supplies.

    I am a frugal sort with an erratic and minimal income, having given up my private counseling practice to care for my elderly parents. Still, I would imagine others involved in the so-called "gig" economy, would be unable to join their VIP program due to wildly varied swings in income.

    I hope they might reconsider their pricing to accommodate those who crave good health, are less "well off" and highly allergic to debt.

    After a month of application, my heart shaped spot is scarcely visible. I am very grateful and hopeful that I can continue usage.

    Regardless, thanks for the cornucopia of your phenomenally revitalizing products.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Surprised and pleased

    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • Jul 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've tried a couple of other over-the-counter dark spot removers and didn't expect much from this one. I did not like the long drawn-out ad for this product! Annoying! The best part about the ad was 1) Dr. Gundry's personal story of why he created the product. 2) The ingredients and what each ingredient does.

    I am 81 years old, a former research chemist and have loved the sun forever! So now I have sunspots when I have very little tan from Florida in the winter. From using this product, almost all my dark spots on my face are gone or faded. My skin glows and is healthy. I put a little product on my neck and chest. I don't think the spots faded there. I love the smell and look forward to using it twice daily.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Age spot remover.

    • California,
    • Jul 13, 2018
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    I have only been using the dark spot remover for a couple of weeks. In addition, I can't always do it twice a day. Maybe half the time. Results? The age spots are less in intensity than when I started. Since there seems to be some improvement, I'll continue on and see what happens.

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

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  • Review of the use of Dark Spot Diminisher

    • Colorado,
    • Jul 12, 2018
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    I started using the product dark spot eliminator about a month ago. I think it is too early to tell about the results of the product. It feels good, going on nice and smooth.

    I hope it will continue to do wonders for my dark spots.

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

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