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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401 Consumer Reviews for Gundry MD Dark Spot Diminisher

Average Consumer Rating: 4.4
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5 star: 220 4 star: 149 3 star: 22 2 star: 2 1 star:  8
Bottom Line: 95% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Should've sent back for a refund

    • Apex, NC,
    • Nov 13, 2018
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    I used the whole bottle every day, twice a day just like the instructions said. I saw a small lightening of the dark spots on my face, but definitely didn't take them away like the advertising says.

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

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    • Sun City, AZ,
    • Nov 6, 2018
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    I bought two bottles and they DO NOT work. In my experience, it's a sham to make money for Gundry. Do not waste your money, maybe use the money to go to a spa. I would not recommend this for anyone.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Really works!

    • Cheshire, CT,
    • Oct 4, 2018
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    I had decided never to buy any of these miracle creams that are advertised - you know, all the ones where you have to sign up for automatic delivery with your first order. Yes, you can cancel, but it is not so easy. I decided that if something really worked they would not have to make you sign up because you would definitely be buying more.

    I ordered the Dark Spot Remover because there was no sign-up required. Turns out that they do not need to make you sign up because this really DOES work. No, they did not ask me to do a review. Interestingly, although I am usually quite bothered by any fragrance, I do not find much of a fragrance to this. I am a 69-year-old woman with light skin who had developed dark spots on her face. THIS WORKS, TRULY WORKS. I have been using it for 3 weeks and have just re-ordered some so that my husband can try it also.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Guarantee

    • Texas,
    • Oct 2, 2018
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    I called Customer Care and requested a refund. I bought three bottles, used as directed daily, and got no results. Their rep was polite, but unless I return my empty bottles, I would only receive 40% back. If I had known (in advance) that I was supposed to keep empty bottles, I would have done so. They need to do the right thing and refund 100%.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • Albuquerque, NM,
    • Sep 30, 2018
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    I have been using Gundry MD polyphenol dark spot diminisher for 8 weeks, and it has done absolutely nothing for my dark spots. I am very disappointed and will stop using it. I have dark spots on my face and have used it faithfully twice each day.

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

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    • Oct 1, 2018

      Gundry MD Customer Support ., Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hello Liz,

      My name is Aria from Gundry MD, thank you for leaving us a review. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority, and I am sorry you did not enjoy your experience. While many of our customers do enjoy the benefits of the Dark Spot Diminisher, we do understand that everyone is different. If you would like a refund please email me at Aria@GundryMD.com to get this process started. Thank you!

    • Oct 15, 2018

      Gary B.

      I'm sorry to say that that I have used almost one full bottle of this product, and I see no good result, so I would appreciate it if you would refund my money. Thank you.

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Dark Spot Diminisher

    • Austin, TX,
    • Sep 28, 2018
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    I just received the spot diminisher and was surprised how fragrant the lotion is...I’m hoping the fragrance is natural in nature because most that are not bother me.

    I love the smoothness of my skin after applying on my hands. I will get back to you to amend my review after trying it on my face. True test.

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

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Three bottles in four weeks

    • Hawaii,
    • Sep 27, 2018
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    I really think it is working. My bumpy skin spots are so much smoother, and I feel they are getting smaller. I wish I had taken "before" pictures. My problem is that I have so many age spots, moles, blemishes, that I use up the bottle in little over a week. I love it, but it is very expensive at this rate.

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

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It helps!

    • Calgary, Canada,
    • Sep 18, 2018
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    I have been using it for four weeks now and I can definitely see improvements! My family has also noticed the changes. I am very hopeful. The only suggestion I have is to tone down the fragrance a little bit, personally, I would be ok if it did not have any fragrance.

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

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  • 4 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Dr. Gundry Dark Spot Diminisher

    • Florida,
    • Sep 8, 2018
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    I have been using this for about two weeks now and although I have not really noticed the dark spots getting better yet, I have noticed my skin feels so much younger, and I have had three people tell me that I look so happy, healthy, even glowing! I will keep using this product even if it doesn't help with the dark spots just because I love how it makes my skin look overall. Full disclosure...I am also on the Plant Paradox diet by Dr. Gundry and have lost 10 lbs and feel amazing.

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

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  • 12 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Sadly for me another product hype

    • Kansas,
    • Sep 3, 2018
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    I was so anticipating something that truly worked to diminish dark spots, and decided that I would believe once again, especially since Dr. Gundry added the extra accountability factor of speaking his claims in person, not just in print. Five weeks of using Spot Diminisher, I finished the bottle, used it twice a day faithfully, and there is zero change. So disappointing. It seems to always be noted that the product works on some and not others. What?

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

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    • Sep 4, 2018

      Gundry MD Customer Support ., Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Cheryl, my name is Aria with Gundry MD. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm very sorry to hear you have not experienced the results you were hoping for when using the Dark Spot Diminisher. Since everybody is different, we understand that this product may work for some but not others. For this reason, we will always stand by our 90-day money back guarantee. Please email me at aria@gundrymd.com and I will be more than happy to issue you a full refund, just for giving the product a try!

    • Sep 16, 2018

      Jeanette D.

      I saw the video on Facebook and I looked again for it, there it said I think 25% off. I decided to order it because I have bad aging and sun spots. Please post it again on Facebook.

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Highly fragranced

    • South Australia,
    • Sep 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My one star is due to the fact that synthetic fragrance is added to this product and I am highly sensitive to added fragrance. In fairness, the serum felt lovely and was non-greasy. At first, the fragrance was tolerable, but after three applications over a period of two days, I could no longer bear it. On the evening of day two using this product, I felt nauseous, headachy, and foggy-headed. I felt like the fragrance had diffused into my blood stream and lungs it was that overbearing. It seemed to have a cumulative effect as it was not as bad during the first two applications. After the third, I had to get back in the shower and wash it back off again, and I still felt ill afterward. The sick, foggy feeling took a few days to wear off. People with a sensitivity will understand.

    I had persevered using it at first because I really wanted to give it a chance, and like I say, the fragrance was tolerable in the first instance. I'd purchased two sets of three bottles after being enticed by the pop up special offers that occur as you place your online order, and I'd been convinced of its effectiveness after listening to Dr. Gundry's presentation. I had faith and trust that the product was comprised of natural ingredients as this is what I was led to believe during the lengthy infomercial. I have known of Dr. Grundy for some time and listened to his discussions on YouTube regarding health and toxicity. I have also read his book - The Plant Paradox. This gave me a false sense of trust regarding his products and his concern for health.

    I now have to return the six bottles and pay further shipping costs (to and from Australia). I have emailed the company to ask that if under the circumstances they would be willing to refund the shipping cost at least one way for me out of goodwill, but they have declined. I cannot say whether this product will diminish brown spots, as I could not stand to use it long enough to find out. But if you are not sensitive to strong added fragrance, it may be worth a try.

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

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