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Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

* A whitening agent * The chemical name for Sepiwhite * Please see TIA's post on Dermaxime.com

Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine is a compound that includes amino acids and lipid residue, used in cosmetics and personal care products, specifically whitening formulas, to prevent skin cells from producing melanin pigmentation. Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine inhibits melanotropin, a melanin stimulator found in the skin, according to MakingCosmetics.com. Melanotropin controls tyrosinase activity (tyrosinase being an essential enzyme in the production of melanin), melanin (eumalanin) synthesis and melanosome; therefore, by preventing the production of melanotropin, the pigmentation process is reduced or halted.

* A whitening agent

* The chemical name for Sepiwhite

* Please see TIA's post on Dermaxime.com

Functions:

Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine is a compound that includes amino acids and lipid residue, used in cosmetics and personal care products, specifically whitening formulas, to prevent skin cells from producing melanin pigmentation. Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine inhibits melanotropin, a melanin stimulator found in the skin, according to MakingCosmetics.com. Melanotropin controls tyrosinase activity (tyrosinase being an essential enzyme in the production of melanin), melanin (eumalanin) synthesis and melanosome; therefore, by preventing the production of melanotropin, the pigmentation process is reduced or halted.

According to PGBeautyGroomingScience, "In vitro testing shows that undecylenoyl phenylalanine works differently than other topical ingredients for spot reduction. Currently, niacinamide and N-acetyl glucosamine work by interrupting the melanin synthesis pathway. Undecylenoyl phenylalanine works as an MSH (melanin stimulating hormone) antagonist, preventing the melanin synthesis from starting."

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

There is little independent research regarding Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, and the Cosmetics Database considers it a low hazard ingredient, but notes 100% data gaps, indicating no available research. According to producers of Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, the whitening compound should take from 1 - 6 weeks before results are achieved.
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