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UJ researchers have discovered a compound that will help fight skin discoloration

MedExpress Team


Published Oct. 4, 2023 10:18

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A chemical compound has been developed at Jagiellonian University that could become an important part of the treatment of skin hyperpigmentation. It has been shown to effectively inhibit the natural process of melanin production by skin cells. Researchers say that by applying the discovered substance to areas of hyperpigmentation, it will be possible to eliminate them.

The creation of the new chemical compound is the result of years of work by a team led by Agnieszka Gunia-Krzyżak, PhD, of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. The team has been studying various types of compounds over the years, including cinnamic acid derivatives for their potential to help treat skin hyperpigmentation. Cinnamic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in some plants, including the popular spice, cinnamon. Researchers have succeeded in obtaining one particular derivative of this acid, which studies have shown has the desirable properties of effectively inhibiting melanin production processes by skin cells. Now the university is looking for an industry partner to conduct the final stage of the research and bring the new cosmetic product to market.

Control of melanin synthesis will help eliminate hyperpigmentation

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