Skin Discoloration (Elure)

This topical lotion helps to temporarily reduce unwanted skin pigmentation and discoloration, thus brightening skin and giving it a more even tone.


How Does It Work?

The aging process, as well as a lifetime of sun exposure, can cause “age” spots and other unwanted pigmentations and discolorations to appear on the skin. Some people are also born with pigmentations, such as freckles, that they may wish to downplay.

Elure contains a natural enzyme, dubbed Melanozyme by its manufacturer. It’s derived from a mushroom-like fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, which helps wood decay in forests. Scientists have made the amazing discovery that this same enzyme can break down dark pigment (melanin) in skin.

How Does It Differ from Other Skin Lighteners?

Elure does not contain hydroquinone, which is sometimes used in products to lighten skin, but which has also raised toxicity concerns. (In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of hydroquinone in over-the-counter skin lightening products because that chemical was found to be associated with an increased risk of cancer in lab animals.)

How Do I Use It?

Elure is applied once or twice a day to the skin. After you’ve achieved the results you want, your physician may recommend touch-up treatments as needed.

A clinical study conducted by Elure’s manufacturer and involving 51 women found that after using the lotion twice a day for 28 days, 82 percent of the women experienced a significant reduction in melanin and 91 percent saw an overall improvement in skin tone.

What Are the Side Effects?

Elure has been found to have no side effects, although, as with all skin products, a few people may find it irritates the skin.

Where Do I Find It?

Elure is available only from health care providers who specialize in health and aesthetic matters concerning the skin, such as dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Before prescribing Elure, your provider will discuss your skin care goals with you to make sure that this is a product that can help you achieve those goals.

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