n South African Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review - Chinese herbal medicine could provide natural skin whitening alternative : news & trends

Volume 38, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0257-2028



A scientific study being carried out in Taiwan will investigate whether an extract from a close relative of the cinnamon plant can be used in skin whitening formulations.

According to lead scientist Hui-Min Wang, Ph.D., from the Ksojdoing Medical University in Taiwan, experiments using two chemicals identified in the evergreen bush Cinnamomum suabvenium have been found to reduce melanin levels in zebra fish embryos by almost 50% within four days.

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