Extrapone Nutgrass for Skin Whitening and Age Spot Lightening

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The subject of skin whitening has been somewhat controversial over the years.  Bleaches and other solutions used to lighten or even out pigmentation have a bad reputation.

Today, there are some safe solutions, although the more hazardous ones are still on the market. 

For those of you that are interested in lightening your complexion, here’s a look at what’s safe and what’s not.  Let’s start with hydroquinone.

Hydroquinone has a long history of use.  In ancient Persia, it was used by farmers and other workers, in its purest form.  The goal was to keep the skin clear and soft. 

But, now we know that skin whitening creams containing hydroquinone increase the individual’s risk of skin cancer, presumably by making the skin more sensitive to sunlight. 

The skin’s tone, color, complexion or pigmentation, whatever you want to call it, is caused by melanin.  Melanin is actually a hormone produced by specialized cells called melanocytes located in the dermis layer. 

Sunlight stimulates melanin production.  New cells being created by the skin’s stem cells, also located in the dermis layer, are injected with melanin.  The darker cells work their way to the surface and after a few weeks, you start to see a tan.  The tan protects the melanocytes and the stem cells from UV damage, which can eventually lead to skin cancer. 

Skin whitening creams containing hydroquinone inhibit melanin production, but that also means that the deeper cells are more susceptible to UV radiation. 

The use of hydroquinone has been banned in the European Union, because of a perceived cancer risk, but it is unclear if the cancer risk is caused by hydroquinone itself.  The cancer risk could be due to continued exposure to sunlight, without the protective tan. 

In other words, any skin whitening creams could be accompanied by a risk, if a person fails to protect themselves from UV rays of sun, either with clothing or an effective sun-block. 

In the next paragraph, you will learn about a plant extract that is completely safe and non-irritating.  But, as you use it, and after your complexion becomes lighter, you need to focus on sun protection, consistently. 

One of the medicinal plants frequently use in Asia, India and Europe is thought of as a weed in many countries.  The botanical name is cyperus rotundus, but it most commonly referred to as Extrapone Nutgrass

Its use for skin whitening is relatively new.  But, researchers have shown that it inhibits melanin production by 41% at a 0.5% concentration.  People that have tried it report a significant difference after only a few weeks of use.

It can be mixed with other anti-aging ingredients to provide additional benefits, such as reduced wrinkles and improved firmness.  If those are not problems for you now, the better anti-aging creams may help you avoid them in the future.

Today’s skin whitening creams are far less controversial, because they are used primarily by people that want to look younger, not just “whiter”. 

To learn more about the natural skin whiteners and natural skincare products that the editors use and recommend visit the Xtend-Life website.

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Topics: Age Spots, Natural Skin Care, Skin Care Ingredients, Skin Whitening, Sun Damage | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “Extrapone Nutgrass for Skin Whitening and Age Spot Lightening”

  1. Naomi Says:
    March 1st, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Thanks for the news regarding extrapone nutgrass. I am going to try this natural product. I do have a question that remains unanswered. Some lightening products work, but allow the sun spots to return if discontinued use of the product. If I use extrapone nutgrass and get my skin the color I want, will the spots return if I stop using the product? I know that I will have to use strong sunscreen and protect from harmful sun.


  2. vrosenbaum Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Good question Naomi. Though I don’t have personal experience, I have some thoughts on this. Because extrapone nutgrass naturally lightens the skin the effects should remain after you stop using the product. It is not a cosmetic that just covers over the problem or a pharmaceutical that forces the change artificially. Of course, as you said, your spots may come back with additional sun exposure, so be sure to get a large sun hat to protect your skin.