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What Is Glutathione Soap?

Marjorie McAtee
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Updated May 21, 2024
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Glutathione soap is a type of soap that is generally enriched with l-glutathione, an antioxidant compound that is typically produced by a healthy human body. The body normally produces less of this substance as it ages. L-glutathione is said to help counteract the damaging effects of free radicals, helping to slow the aging process and prevent degenerative diseases. It may help to prevent and reverse sun damage to the skin. Applying l-glutathione to the skin in the form of glutathione soap is said to help stifle the skin's production of melanin, or pigment, to lighten the skin and help minimize the appearance of skin discolorations and scars.

Skin-care experts believe glutathione soap can have a number of skin-care benefits. The active ingredient, l-glutathione, is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants available. Soaps, creams, and lotions containing l-glutathione are often used to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, to help skin maintain its youthful elasticity and appearance. Many people believe that glutathione soap can help improve skin tone and complexion. It may help to prevent the occurrence of acne, and may even help to fade scar tissue left by acne breakouts.

Soap, lotions, and creams containing l-glutathione are often used to lighten skin. A number of skin conditions can cause darkening and discoloration of the skin, such as melasma. Age spots, sun spots, freckles, and general hyperpigmentations of the skin are all said to benefit from the regular application of glutathione soap. The results of this skin treatment are generally cumulative. Most people who wish to benefit from the skin-lightening effects of l-glutathione are advised to apply the soap, cream, or lotion daily for several weeks.

Glutathione soap is believed to cause fewer harmful side effects than other skin lightening agents. That's because the substance is naturally produced inside the normal body, and therefore isn't usually caustic to the skin.

Most soaps made with l-glutathione include additional ingredients considered beneficial for skin health. These often include other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, or vitamin E. Agents such as alpha lipoic acid may be added to quality glutathione soaps, since they are believed to help enhance and support the antioxidant effects of l-glutathione. Moisturizing ingredients often also appear in these soaps. Dietary supplements containing l-glutathione may also be ingested to support the health of the body as a whole, but the effects of these supplements on skin health have not yet been fully documented.

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Marjorie McAtee
By Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By anon956137 — On Jun 11, 2014

Apparently the skin on my face is really sensitive and my skin became really red and inflamed, scaly and dry due to this soap. I wanted to use this soap to lighten some sun spots on my cheeks that recently appeared. I'm experiencing this now and it's awful, I'm very self-conscious about my appearance so I haven't gone out and I'm hoping it will heal very soon.

Please do the patch test for allergies. I'm kicking myself for not doing this

By animegal — On Nov 28, 2011

@Mae82 - I had a really good experience using glutathione cream on my face, as it really helped hide my acne scarring, though I wouldn't say it did much for the acne I presently have. I think if you are already using other skin whitening products that you shouldn't bother trying to find the best glutathione soap, as it does basically the same thing.

What I do is use a i-glutathione soap on my face and neck and add a bit of cream to make sure that my skin is a uniform color. If I get an acne I use some spot treatment cream to take care of it. It works pretty well for me. Though be careful if you have sensitive skin.

By Mae82 — On Nov 27, 2011

Does anyone have any experience with using glutathione soap for controlling mild acne?

I have noticed that I am starting to get breakouts, which is really strange considering I never got them when I was younger. I wonder if it could have anything to do with using whitening soap and other skin whitening products to take care of some light scarring on my face?

When I was a teenager I wiped out pretty badly on a bike and have been trying to make the scar on my cheek less noticeable over the years. I think the whitening soaps are working, but I don't want to have to trade one problem for another.

Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
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