Before we get into how glutathione works for skin whitening, there are a few things you need to understand. Melanin has been mentioned a lot. So, what is melanin?
Melanin is a pigment produced by skin cells to which it gives its more or less dark color. Its role is, among other things, to help the skin protect itself from ultraviolet rays from the sun. Melanin comes from a very common amino acid in the body, which is called tyrosine. This tyrosine will be transformed into dopa then into dopamine thanks to an enzyme called tyrosinase.
Dopamine will then be transformed into 3 types of melanin.
It has three types of melanin
- Eumelanin – This is the most common type and occurs in people with brown and black skin color.
- Pheomelanin – It is responsible for red pigmentations like red hair color and freckles. Light, fawn and yellow pigments.
- Neuromelanin – It is richly found in the brain. Its real function is not yet known
The main function of melanin is to protect the person against UV rays when exposed to the sun. It is a good way to protect yourself against skin cancer. Melanin is found in other parts of the body, such as the brain, which gives it its grayish color.
How does glutathione work on melanin?
Glutathione helps brighten the skin by converting eumelanin into pheomelanin. It acts inside and on the layers of the skin of the dermis and the epidermis. This is why it is really effective against hyper-pigmentation, age spots...
Other effects of glutathione on the skin
The other 6 benefits of glutathione for the skin:
- removes excess pigment in the skin.
- controls acne and removes its marks.
- refine the pores of the skin.
- makes the skin shine.
- makes the skin clearer and smoother.
- stops the aging process.