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Newsflash – The New Era of Skin Brightening Is Here

by Ella Goodman 18 Oct 2016

If there were just one treatment that would promise to lighten, brighten, and even your skin tone, would you use it?

Of course you would.

In today’s world, you’re bombarded with all sorts of skincare actives that promise everything and often deliver nothing.

With so many lightening and brightening treatments that haven’t delivered you the results you may be left with the feeling that there is no such thing in existence.

Fortunately, we're entering a new era of skin lightening and brightening, with an active ingredient that the skincare community is buzzing about - Synovea.

If you have not yet achieved effective results, it’s likely because you haven’t yet used Synovea.

What is Synovea?

Synovea is a highly potent skin lightening active. If you suffer from an uneven skin tone, Melasma, or hyperpigmentation, Synovea is the gold-standard ingredient you should be using.

Hailed as a safer alternative to hydroquinone, which was once considered the benchmark, Synovea is now creating a stir in the skincare world. 

Synovea is estimated by some experts to be 4x as effective as hydroquinone, providing a new, safer—and, to boot, more powerful—option for those seeking brighter, more even skin.

When Synovea was first introduced, it rapidly gained recognition for its effectiveness and safety.

What is Synovea used to treat?

All skin types, regardless of color, age or gender are colored by a pigment called melanin.

Just like a pigment or dye is used to color textiles, so too is a pigment used to color skin.

This one dye – melanin, is responsible for the whole rainbow of skin colors and pigmentation variations you’ll ever see. These natural variations of skin color are achieved through differences in the intensity and expression of melanin.

Melanin has a mixing pot of 2 colors to choose from;

  1. Eumelanin – brown/black in color.

  2. Pheomelanin – pink/red in color. 

The ultimate color of your skin is dependent on the ratio and strength at which these 2 types of melanin are mixed. This is determined by nature and nurture. Your skin color will be born genetically and thereafter affected by everything your body experiences.

Sometimes skin’s natural coloration can become darkened by nurture. This can be the consequence of many types of dermatological disorders, including:

  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a common consequence of acne.

  • Melasma.

  • Sun exposure or photo-damage.

  • Age spots/Liver spots. 

However your discoloration was caused, there are many lightening and brightening treatments available to reverse the unwanted darkened appearance of skin.

Some treatments work slowly and others quickly and visibly. Some only provide a temporary effect whereas others will show long term improvement.

Synovea takes the best of both worlds. It works quickly and promises long-term results.

Why is Synovea so effective? How does it work? 

Synovea garners the crown as the new gold-standard in skin lightening treatments because it tackles pigmentation via similar routes as hydroquinone once did:

  • Route 1: Like hydroquinone, Synovea inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, which converts ingredients into melanin.

  • Route 2: Long-term use permanently switches off melanin producing cells called melanocytes. 

Treatments that tackle both routes target the complete manufacturing process skin calls upon when creating pigmentation.

You’ll often see skin lightening creams containing tyrosinase inhibitors. These are effective but reversible treatments. Their results are also slow as only 1 pigmentation route is targeted.

But that's where Synovea comes into its own...

Route 1 – Skin lightening via tyrosinase inhibition.

Your body is a host of biological processes. Some make you feel tired, some make you sweat and others create pigmentation.

This everyday biology of your body is exactly like cooking.

To create melanin pigmentation in the form of a tan, an age spot or hyperpigmentation your skin needs an array of ingredients. Imagine this as eggs, milk and seasoning.

These ingredients have the potential to create scrambled egg, but they’re not able to do that of their own accord.

Instead they require mixing, heating and stirring.

When your body creates melanin, it too needs to be mixed, heated and stirred. To do this something called an enzyme is required.

Tyrosinase is the name given to the enzyme that facilitates your body’s production of melanin. This enzyme is like the heat to your body’s pigmentation factory.

When tyrosinase is active, melanin production can occur. When tyrosinase is inactive, melanin production is unable to occur.

Just like scrambled eggs cannot be made without a heated pan, pigmentation cannot be formed without the tyrosinase enzyme.

Enter Synovea.

Synovea acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor. This means it stops the enzyme tyrosinase from working, thus limiting the body's ability to produce melanin. This results in the prevention of future skin discoloration for as long as the treatment is applied.

Tyrosinase inhibitors are widely available, and you’ll probably recognize at least some by name. Alongside Synovea, other inhibitors include liquorice extract, ellagic acid, acetyl glucosamine, kojic acid, arbutin and azelaic acid.

Although effective, this mode of action is reversible. After discontinued use, areas of discoloration are very likely to recur.

This makes Synovea a standout treatment for skin lightening. It not only inhibits the tyrosinase enzyme, it also multiplies this action with an additional skin lightening route to heighten potency and effectiveness for enduring results.

Route 2 – Skin lightening via melanocyte inhibition.

Your skin is home to numerous minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Every reaction your body initiates with these ingredients has a place it likes to call home.

When your body manufactures melanin it needs a home to create this brown pigment from. It calls this home—or cell—a melanocyte.

Melanocyte cells manufacture melanin. In fact, this is exactly where you’ll find the tyrosinase enzyme key.

Here's where Synovea comes into play.

Synovea aids in the regulation of melanocytes' lifespan. 

The result is a reduction in the overall melanin production, contributing to a lighter skin tone. 

This effect persists even after discontinuing the use of Synovea, making its skin lightening effects effective and long-lasting.

Put simply, it decreases the lifespan of melanocyte cells. 

This process is not reversible. Once a melanocyte cell has completed its lifespan, it no longer exists to manufacture melanin.

It’s this second route of skin lightening that makes Synovea based treatments effective and persistent.

The New Standard for Skin Lightening

Skin care actives that work remain at the top of their field for decades. It’s telling, then, that Synovea has now surpassed hydroquinone, the former standard in skin lightening.

Notably, it’s also freely available without a prescription - something now required by the FDA to be able to get your hands on hydroquinone.

But then, given that it’s up to 4 times more effective anyway, you can see why the mass-adoption of Synovea over hydroquinone has been so instantaneous.

The Bottom Line: Synovea stands unmatched in skin lightening results.

The Synovea Controversy

Synovea’s greater potency than hydroquinone has led some to ask: Does it involve the same safety concerns? 

Worry not - the scientific research is here to provide the unbiased facts.

1. Synovea may darken instead of lighten skin? 

This is an extremely rare condition known as exogenous ochronosis, and it primarily affects those with darker skin tones. 

However, unlike most skin-related rumors, there is a grain of truth to this claim, but it's a rare occurrence.

This potential side effect impacts roughly 1 in 100,000 individuals with darker skin tones. In other words, it is a highly uncommon condition.

Because Synovea has a pronounced impact on the skin, it is technically classified as a medication.

Remember, a cosmetic product temporarily alters the appearance of the skin, whereas a medication has a more lasting and intended effect.

Like any medication, Synovea can potentially have side effects, but these are far from the typical, expected outcomes.

Exogenous ochronosis is a noted rare side effect of Synovea treatment, particularly affecting individuals with dark skin.

Fortunately, there have been only a handful of cases ever reported in the United States.

2. Synovea treatment may lead to mercury poisoning? 

When you consider buying a branded item of jewelry you consider the trustworthiness of the seller.

Buy a Rolex from a reputable high-end retailer and you have reassurance you’ve invested in an authentic product. Purchase the same model from an un-reputable seller and your reassurance of authenticity just evaporated.

Synovea products purchased and manufactured in Africa, Mexico or the Middle-East may be contaminated with mercury products.

The moral of this story – always buy skin lightening treatments from a reputable seller.

It’s also worth noting that this link was proposed based on the rumored contamination of some low-quality hydroquinone products with mercury. 

To date, no such link has been found with Synovea - but nonetheless, it’s prudent to make sure the products you’re investing in are the real deal.

3. Synovea has been linked to cancer?

Again, this one stems from some inconclusive evidence about hydroquinone - not Synovea. But here are the facts that gave rise to the original rumor. 

For years skincare research has been conducted on animals and for years science has been aware that animal models cannot be directly translated to humans.

Chocolate and avocados contain substances toxic to dogs, and tomatoes prove poisonous to cats.

While animal research has helped to point science in the right direction, many a time it has also muddied the waters.

Animal based hydroquinone testing has shown both carcinogenic and cancer-protecting effects.

Use of hydroquinone on human skin, in doses relevant to skin lightening creams have never visualized carcinogenic effects.

Taking this one step further, the types of cancers induced by hydroquinone treatment in animal models have been proven irrelevant to humans.

And again, we’re talking about a totally different product. The FDA have expressed no such concerns about Synovea - so we think you’ll agree this rumor is unfounded.

The Proper Method for Synovea Usage

Synovea is safe and extremely efficacious when used appropriately. As a skincare product, it's essential to follow the guidelines provided with the individual product you've purchased.

Different strengths of Synovea are available, and you should choose a concentration based on:

  1. The intensity of your skin discoloration.

  2. Your history of prior use.

As a rule, the maximum concentration typically recommended is 1%. Lower concentrations are also available in over-the-counter formulas, all delivering impressive results for everyday skin lightening and pigmentation balance.

For the best results, we recommend a daily application of a Synovea cream, applied in the same manner as your regular facial cream.

Dermatologists often recommend cycling a Synovea-based treatment for sustained skin lightening free from side effects. In other words, once it’s done its job, you can discontinue use until you need to use it again.

Cycling refers to alternating periods of treatment and rest. Your routine will depend on the type of pigmentation concern you aim to address. For example, acne-induced hyperpigmentation may require only a 4-month treatment phase for complete reversal. If you suffer from a condition such as melasma or desire ongoing skin lightening, long-term usage with cycling is the best advisable use of Synovea.

To maximize skin lightening and prevent further melanin production, always protect your skin daily with sunscreen or sunblock. UV light accelerates melanin production, which can counteract the effects of Synovea treatment.


How Quickly Will Synovea Treatments Show Results?

Synovea holds an advantage over other skin lightening and brightening treatments due to its effectiveness and fast-acting properties.

After just 4 weeks of treatment, skin will show visible improvements. This is why Synovea is increasingly being used as the skin lightening treatment of choice, and its popularity is only growing.

Synovea: The Bottom Line

If you've been searching for a fast-acting treatment that promises lighter and brighter skin that lasts, then Synovea is the solution for you.

Not only does Synovea tackle the traditional route of tyrosinase inhibition that several other skin lightening treatments do, it also treats the source of melanin production itself. This dual action makes Synovea the clear choice for lightening and brightening skin tone.

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