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Article

Efficiency of Skin Whitening Cream Containing Etlingera elatior Flower and Leaf Extracts in Volunteers

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Interdisciplinary Agriculture Program, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand
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Cosmetic Science, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Phayao, Phayao 56000, Thailand
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Center of Excellence in Agricultural Innovation for Graduate Entrepreneur, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand
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Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Cosmetics 2019, 6(3), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics6030039
Received: 4 June 2019 / Revised: 3 July 2019 / Accepted: 3 July 2019 / Published: 6 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties of Natural Compounds)

Abstract

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Our previous research demonstrated that Etlingera elatior possesses whitening and anti-aging properties and also contains bioactive ingredients for cosmeceuticals. Therefore, this research work aimed to evaluate the efficiency of whitening cream containing both the flower and leaf extracts of E. elatior in human volunteers and their degree of skin irritation. Both the flower and leaf extracts were formulated as a cosmetic called “FL1 cream”, which was assessed for its physical properties and underwent an accelerated stability test. The FL1 cream was also evaluated for skin irritation and its skin whitening effect among 24 healthy volunteers who used it for four weeks. The FL1 cream demonstrated good physical stability under the various conditions for three months, along with six cycles of heating/cooling. The irritation analysis showed that irritation reactions were absent in all volunteers. The efficiency of FL1 cream in improving the appearance of skin whitening was demonstrated by a significant (p < 0.05) and continuous decrease in melanin content compared with the initial value. Additionally, the L* value was significantly and continuously increased after application of the FL1 cream. The highest melanin reduction was 6.67%. The FL1 cream containing E. elatior extracts can be used as a whitening cream in cosmetics.

1. Introduction

Melanin is a pigment that plays an important role in skin protection against UV damage and is involved in pigmentary changes in skin color. It is formed through oxidation and by the amino acid tyrosine through cyclization. Tyrosinase is a melanogenic enzyme that catalyzes the rate-limiting synthetic for melanin production. Melanogenesis initially occurs through hydroxylation of L-tyrosine by tyrosinase converted to L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) and by the oxidation of L-DOPA to DOPA-quinone, and eventually to melanin pigments [1,2]. Moreover, in another mechanism, a processes of protein glycosylation, Neu5Acα(2-6)Gal- and possibly sialyl(α2-3)gal-terminated glycans play an important role in melanogenesis and melanosome transfer to keratinocytes [3]. Overproduction and accumulation of melanin results in several skin pigmentation disorders, including solar lentigos (age spots), melasma, freckles, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation [4]. Therefore, whitening ingredients that result in inhibited tyrosinase activity, including inhibitory effects on melanogenesis and the melanosome transfer process, are essentially significant for reducing melanin synthesis. Tyrosinase inhibitors are obtained from both natural and synthetic sources, such as hydroquinone, arbutin, kojic acid, L-ascorbic acid, tranexamic acid, ellagic acid, and thiamidol [5]. Lately, Baswan et al. [6,7,8] reported that cytidine, though not a tyrosinase inhibitor, inhibits melanin synthesis and the melanosome transfer process by interfering with glycosylation processes. In current times, the desire to lighten the complexion has become popular in Asian people seeking beautiful-looking skin. Skin whitening products that propose to lighten the skin’s appearance or treat hyper-pigmentation have become highly desirable in the cosmeceutical industries [9]. The use of skin whitening cosmetics has an important role in achieving skin lightening, as well as in diminishing dark spots on the skin [10,11]. Bioactive compounds from plants are gaining popularity for use as cosmetic ingredients in contemporary formulations, as they also contain vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils, proteins, phenolic compounds, and other active compounds [12,13]. Diverse bioactive compounds, including several phenolic compounds, have been reported to contain natural antioxidant compounds, along with having anti-aging, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and tyrosinase-inhibiting actions. Further, these compounds in cosmetic products tend to be safer, biodegradable, more environmentally friendly, and more biologically active when compared with synthetic ingredients [14,15,16].
Etlingera elatior is a plant in the Zingiberaceae family that is widely cultivated in Southeast Asia as an ornamental flower or is locally consumed as food. The biological activities of E. elatior flowers and leaves have been reported over the past few decades. The presence of cosmeceutical properties that are proposed to improve skin appearance, such as antioxidant activity, has been suggested by ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay, lipid peroxidation assay, 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging, and inhibition of tyrosinase activity, as well as non-toxic properties, as shown by brine shrimp lethality assay [17,18,19,20].
In our previous study, E. elatior flower and leaf extracts were screened for their amino acid content, phenolic content, and biological activities for cosmetic properties, such as collagenase and tyrosinase inhibition, as well as antioxidant properties, via assay on 2, 2′-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS), DPPH, and superoxide radical scavenging activities. Results indicated that the leaf extract exhibited the strongest antioxidant inhibitor property, higher than those of trolox and gallic acid, and showed the highest phenolic contents of isoquercetin, catechin, and gallic acid, as well as moderate anti-collagenase and amino acid contents. The flower extract showed greater potential to inhibit collagenase activity and more amino acids than the leaf extract, while also showing moderate phenolic compound levels and antioxidant activity. In addition, both the flower and leaf extracts were shown to be capable of suppressing melanogenesis through inhibiting tyrosinase activity [21].
On the basis of the previous study, the research team proposed developing a cosmetic cream for the purpose of skin whitening and with other beneficial properties. The cosmetic cream that was developed contained both the flower and leaf extracts of E. elatior together, in a formulation called “FL1 cream”. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of the skin whitening cream containing both the flower and leaf extracts of E. elatior in human volunteers and to undertake an irritation test as well.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Plant Sample

E. elatior was purchased from a cultivator in the Reso District of Narathiwat Province, Thailand. The flowers and leaves were rinsed several times with distilled water, cut into small pieces, and subsequently shade-dried with a hot-air oven at 50 °C. Dried samples were ground into a fine powder using a high-speed disintegrator machine.

2.2. Plant Extraction

An aqueous solution (1000 mL) including 100 g of powdered flowers or leaves was heated at 50 °C for 8 h, then centrifuged at 4000 rpm for 5 min at ambient temperature and filtered through Whatman No.1 filter paper. The filtrate extracts were concentrated by a rotary evaporator (KNF RC 900, KNF Neuberger, Trenton, NJ, USA) under vacuum pressure and then lyophilized using a freeze-dryer (Labogene CS 55-4, LaboGene A/S, Allerød, Denmark) to obtain the dried flower and leaf extracts.

2.3. Tyrosinase Inhibition

Tyrosinase inhibition was evaluated using the dopachrome method described by Masuda et al. [22], with some modifications. Solutions of 200 U/mL of tyrosinase from mushrooms and 2.5 mM of L-DOPA (3, 4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine) were prepared with 20 mM of phosphate buffer (pH 6.8). The different concentrations and ratios of both flower and leaf extracts, comprising 0.5% and 1% in ratios of 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 of flower/leaf extracts, were tested. Tyrosinase reactions were performed in a 96-well plate, with each well containing 20 µL of different samples of the extracts, 40 µL of tyrosinase solution, and 140 µL of phosphate buffer. The 96-well plate was allowed to stand for 10 min, and then the reaction was started by adding 40 µL of L-DOPA solution (with phosphate buffer used as a control reaction). The 96-well plate was then incubated at an ambient temperature for 20 min, and the absorbance of tyrosinase activity was measured at 492 nm using a microplate reader (Biochrom EZ read 400) with kojic acid used as a reference substance. Each sample was completed with a blank plate of the sample test, except for the tyrosinase solution. The percentage of tyrosinase inhibition activity was obtained using the following equation:
Tyrosinase inhibition (%) = [{(A − B) − (C − D)} / (A − B)] × 100.
In this equation, A is the absorbance of the control reaction without a sample, B is the absorbance of the blank of the control reaction without a sample, C is the absorbance of the sample test with the presence of sample extracts, and D is the absorbance of the blank of the sample with the presence of sample extracts.

2.4. Formulation of the Whitening Cream

The formulations of FL1 cream containing E. elatior flower and leaf extracts are shown in Table 1. The process of preparation for the formulation included the addition of oil phase to the water phase, after which both phases were heated to 80 °C before mixing. Stirring was continued using a mixer homogenizer until the temperature was approximately 50 °C, then sodium hydroxide and preservative were added. Finally, the stirring was continued until the emulsion cooled to an ambient temperature.

2.5. Stability Testing

The stability was evaluated by the centrifugation method at 4000 rpm and at 20 °C for 30 min to determine the mechanical stress [23]. Accelerated stability testing was also performed in various conditions under room temperature, 4 °C, and 45 °C for three months and six cycles of the heating/cooling method (45 °C, 48 h alternated with 4 °C, 48 h for 1 cycle) [24]. During the stability testing, the physiochemical appearance of the cream, including any change in color or odor, pH, viscosity, phase separation, and precipitation, was investigated.

2.6. Clinical Evaluation in Volunteers

The skin irritation testing and skin whitening efficiency testing on healthy volunteers in this study were approved by the University of Phayao Human Ethics Committee, Thailand (Project identification code: 3/018/61). The efficiency evaluations were performed on 24 healthy volunteers (aged 25–55, n = 24). They were investigated for any skin disease and cosmetics allergy history. Before being enrolled in the study, each volunteer received the information protocol that contained the terms and conditions of the clinical testing and signed an informed consent form.

2.7. Skin Irritation Testing

The skin irritation testing was done using a modified Draize model, as described by Bashir and Maibach [25], using Finn chambers®. Skin irritation was performed on the upper outer arm (left-hand side) of volunteers, with each chamber saturated by FL1 cream containing E. elatior extracts, 1% w/v of sodium lauryl sulfate (used as a positive reaction), and deionized water (as a negative reaction), before being covered for 48 h. Subsequently, we observed the erythema and edema at 1, 24, and 48 h after removing the patch. Each of the test substances were evaluated based on the primary dermal irritation index (PDII) using the Draize scoring system.

2.8. Efficiency Testing in Human Volunteers

The skin improvement test of the whitening cream was performed with 24 healthy volunteers. They were tested for reduced melanin content after applying the FL1 cream twice a day, morning and evening, on the skin of their left forearm for four weeks. Following Leelapornpisid et al. [24], an untreated area on each volunteer’s right forearm was used as a control. Before the study, the volunteers were rested in a suitable room at 20 °C and 50% relative humidity (RH) for 15 min [26]. The study procedures were conducted on Day 0 for the initial value, then on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks. The melanin content and CIE-L* value were measured using the skin color probe from DermaLab® Combo (Cortex Technology). Finally, the volunteers were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their satisfaction with the whitening cream on Day 30. The ability of the FL1 cream to reduce melanin pigment was obtained using the following equation:
Reduction activity (%) = [(Md0 − Mdm) / (Md0)] × 100.
In this equation, Md0 is the melanin content on the initial day and Mdm is the melanin content on the day of measuring.

2.9. Statistical Analysis

The statistical analysis was conducted using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 17.0 for Windows. Viscosity data were analyzed by the use of a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with Tukey’s HSD test. A repeated measures ANOVA with pairwise comparisons by the Bonferroni method was used to analyze the skin whitening effect in volunteers. Statistical significance was determined to be at p < 0.05.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Tyrosinase Inhibition Activity

Tyrosinase is a crucial rate-limiting enzyme in direct melanin synthesis. Therefore, cosmetic products containing tyrosinase inhibitors are becoming more commonly used for their skin whitening properties [27]. In our previous study, flower and leaf at 10 mg/mL showed tyrosinase inhibition activity of 24.37% ± 0.52% and 31.48% ± 1.28%, respectively [21]. This study aimed to develop a cosmetic cream containing both the flower and leaf extracts of E. elatior together for the main purpose of skin whitening. Therefore, a suitable concentration and ratio of mixed flower and leaf extracts were investigated. Mushroom tyrosinase was used to determine the role of E. elatior in the process of melanogenesis. As shown in Figure 1, the results demonstrated that all concentrations of mixed flower and leaf extracts inhibited tyrosinase activity. In addition, flower and leaf extracts at a concentration of 1% and in a ratio of 1:1 exhibited the highest tyrosinase inhibition activity at 74.61% ± 0.00%. These results indicate that 1% of mixed flower and leaf extracts of E. elatior in a ratio of 1:1 is a suitable concentration for use in formulating the cosmetic “FL1”. Furthermore, methanol flower and leaf extracts did not show a cytotoxic effect on WRL-68 (human liver) or Vero (African green monkey kidney), or in an Artemia salina lethality bioassay [18,20]. Hence, they might be promising for safe use in cosmetic products.

3.2. Formulation of the Whitening Cream

In this study, the FL1 cream was evaluated for its physical properties, including pH, color, viscosity (Pa.s), and by centrifugation test, as shown in Table 2. After cosmetic formulation, the physical appearance of the FL1 cream was assessed. The texture was found to be tender, with very good spreadability and a soft feeling on the skin. The FL1 cream was stable and showed no phase separation when centrifuged at 4000 rpm for 30 min.

3.3. Stability Testing

Stability testing under accelerated conditions showed that the pH of the cream kept in all conditions did not change after testing, and separation and precipitation of the FL1 cream were not observed (as shown in Table 3). The viscosity under all conditions compared to the start condition was maintained at room temperature and 4 °C and under heating/cooling cycles was not significantly different (p > 0.05). At 45 °C, there was an obvious decrease in viscosity, which may be the effect of heat. Moreover, the physical properties of color under all conditions were also significantly stable (p > 0.05), and odor was stable after the stability tests (data not shown). Therefore, FL1 could be stored long term without any change in the pH, color, or viscosity.

3.4. Irritation Testing

The dermatological test for irritation and allergy effects on human volunteers was performed to ensure the safety of the FL1 cream. The 24 volunteers were tested with FL1 cream, 1% w/v of sodium lauryl sulfate, and deionized water. The results are shown in Table 4. The FL1 cream was non-irritating, with a low Primary Dermal Irritation Index value (PDII < 0.5), whereas sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which was used as a positive control, was revealed to be slightly irritating (PDII range from 0.5 to 2.0).

3.5. Skin Whitening Testing

The whitening effect of FL1 cream containing E. elatior extracts was evaluated by comparison before the treatment. This was done by measuring the amount of melanin using DermaLab® Combo (Cortex Technology, Hadsund, Denmark) to confirm the efficiency of this product. As shown in Table 5, the results demonstrated that the melanin content in the skin when using FL1 cream was significantly and continuously decreased after one week, until week three of testing (p < 0.05). In week four, the melanin content increased, which may be due to the time of testing (March 2019 to April 2019) in Thailand being in the summer season. This period has a corresponding increase in UV exposure, which is one of the causes of melanin synthesis [28,29]; the UV index is shown in Figure 2. Furthermore, the L* value was used for indicating skin lightening after applying the FL1 cream, and it was found that the L* value continuously increased from the 1st to the 3rd week (p < 0.05), as did the melanin content. For the untreated areas, the data still showed constant melanin content until week two of testing with no significant difference (p > 0.05), but the content increased from the 3rd to the 4th week. However, the L* value of the untreated area was slightly increased until week three and slightly decreased subsequently until week four of testing. In addition, the melanin reduction activity of the FL1 cream reached its highest level of 6.67% after three weeks of testing (Figure 3). There were no significant differences in melanin reduction observed between the FL1-treated and untreated areas of the volunteers during the testing period. These results indicated that E. elatior flower and leaf extracts achieved a decent skin whitening effect on human volunteers.
Traditionally, commercial skin whitening agents for suppressing tyrosinase activity have included hydroquinone, arbutin, kojic acid, azelaic acid, ascorbic acid, ellagic acid, and tranexamic acid. These have been widely used in formulations of cosmetic products, with some drawbacks and side effects [27,30]. In the past few decades, research has demonstrated that natural bioactive compounds are increasingly being used in whitening cosmetic formulations. In addition, there are several plant extracts that have been shown to be effective agents to suppress the overproduction of melanin or to regulate melanin synthesis, such as Cassia fistula flowers [31], Asphodelus microcarpus [32], Magnolia officinalis [33], Dendrobium tosaense [34], and Kummerowia striata [35]. The results of the present study indicated that extracts of E. elatior flowers and leaves achieved a decent skin whitening effect on human volunteers; therefore, these extracts act as the active whitening ingredient in FL1 cream.

3.6. Satisfaction Testing

The volunteers were asked to fill in a questionnaire after using the FL1 cream for 30 days. The satisfaction level was determined using a 5-point scale, in which the point value represented the volunteers’ feelings about how well the product worked, from very well (5) to very poorly (1). The results revealed that the volunteers’ satisfaction with the FL1 cream was high, with responses between “well” and “very well” for all areas measured, as shown in Figure 4. Further, the most satisfying areas of the FL1 cream were the softness of the cream, its spreadability, and overall satisfaction, which had a mean of 4.67, while the lowest was the cream’s glossiness, with a mean of 4.33. Additionally, none of the volunteers suffered skin irritation or allergic reactions during the test period.

4. Conclusions

The present study demonstrated that both the flower and leaf extracts of E. elatior could potentially be a natural whitening ingredient for commercial cosmetics. In our previous study, aqueous extracts of the flowers and leaves revealed the presence of isoquercetin, catechin, and gallic acid [21], which are capable of inhibiting tyrosinase activity, leading to a skin lightening effect useful in cosmetic applications [37,38,39]. The results revealed that with the use of the cream, the melanin content decreased and the L* value increased compared with initial values. The data showed an increased melanin reduction after application of FL1 to the skin when compared to an untreated area. The FL1 cream was found to be safe, with no reported irritation of the skin of the volunteers, and it was also found to be satisfactory by the volunteers. Therefore, FL1 cream containing E. elatior flower and leaf extracts might be an effective whitening cosmetic for improving skin appearance.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, N.W., and D.A.; methodology, N.W., D.A., and, L.M.; formal analysis, N.W. and D.A.; investigation, N.W., D.A., and, L.M.; resources, D.A., and K.M.; supervision, D.A., L.M., and K.M.; writing—original draft, N.W., and D.A.

Funding

This research was funded by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) under the program of Research and Researcher for Industry (RRi), grant number PHD59I0032.

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to the Center of Excellence in Agricultural Innovation for Graduate Entrepreneur, Graduate School of Maejo University for their material support.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Figure 1. The effect of mixed E. elatior flower and leaf extracts on tyrosinase inhibition activity.
Figure 1. The effect of mixed E. elatior flower and leaf extracts on tyrosinase inhibition activity.
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Figure 2. The UV index in Chiang Mai city, Thailand, from August 2018 to June 2019, © weatheronline.co.uk [36].
Figure 2. The UV index in Chiang Mai city, Thailand, from August 2018 to June 2019, © weatheronline.co.uk [36].
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Figure 3. The effect of FL1 cream on melanin reduction. Values are expressed as means ± standard error. For groups in the same week, not sharing the same letter indicates significant difference at p < 0.05.
Figure 3. The effect of FL1 cream on melanin reduction. Values are expressed as means ± standard error. For groups in the same week, not sharing the same letter indicates significant difference at p < 0.05.
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Figure 4. The satisfaction of the volunteers with the FL1 cream.
Figure 4. The satisfaction of the volunteers with the FL1 cream.
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Table 1. The formulations of FL1 cream containing Etlingera elatior flower and leaf extracts.
Table 1. The formulations of FL1 cream containing Etlingera elatior flower and leaf extracts.
PhaseTrade NameINCI Name%
A
(Oil Phase)
Nikkomulese LHGlycerin (and) Hydrogenated lecithin (and) Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose stearoxy Ether (and) Squalane (and) Sodium methyl stearoyl taurate4.00
DC 350Dimethicone3.00
SqualaneSqualane5.00
Cetyl alcoholCetyl alcohol0.30
Stearyl alcoholStearyl alcohol0.30
B
(Water Phase)
Na2EDTADisodium EDTA0.10
GlycerinGlycerin3.00
Butylene glycolButylene glycol4.00
Carbopol ultrez 21 polymerAcrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer0.50
1Flower/1leaf extractEtlingera elatior1.00
DI waterAquaq.s. 100
CNaOH (18% w/v)Sodium hydroxide (for adjusting pH to 5.5)0.30
DSpectrastat BHLCaprylhydroxamic acid (and) 1,2-hexanediol (and) butylene glycol2.00
Table 2. The physical properties of the FL1 cream formulation.
Table 2. The physical properties of the FL1 cream formulation.
ParameterspHColorViscosity
(Pa.s)
Centrifugation Test
L*a*b*
FL1 cream5.560.69 ± 0.632.47 ± 0.2620.43 ± 1.086.20 ± 0.02Stable
Table 3. The stability testing results of FL1 cream after three months and after heating/cooling for six cycles.
Table 3. The stability testing results of FL1 cream after three months and after heating/cooling for six cycles.
ConditionspHViscosity (Pa.s)Separation and PrecipitationColor
L*a*b*
Initial5.56.20 ± 0.02 ax60.69 ± 0.63 a2.47 ± 0.26 a 20.43 ± 1.08 a
RT5.56.15 ± 0.02 ax60.18 ± 0.39 a2.40 ± 0.23 a20.07 ± 0.89 a
4 °C5.56.17 ± 0.06 ax60.09 ± 0.34 a2.49 ± 0.23 a19.75 ± 0.84 a
45 °C5.56.01 ± 0.03 bx60.28 ± 0.95 a2.66 ± 0.64 a21.62 ± 0.45 a
H/C5.56.15 ± 0.05 ax60.78 ± 0.51 a2.51 ± 0.41 a20.13 ± 0.24 a
Values are expressed as means ± standard deviation. For the viscosity and color values, not sharing the same letter in each column indicates significant difference at p < 0.05. RT = Room temperature; H/C = Heating/cooling conditions.
Table 4. The Primary Dermal Irritation Index (PDII) value and skin irritation reaction observed for FL1 cream.
Table 4. The Primary Dermal Irritation Index (PDII) value and skin irritation reaction observed for FL1 cream.
Test SubstancesPDIIClassification of Skin Irritation
FL1 cream0.00Non-irritating
1% w/v SLS (positive)0.80Slightly irritating
DI water (negative)0.00Non-irritating
Table 5. The melanin content (%) and L* value after application of the FL1 cream for four weeks.
Table 5. The melanin content (%) and L* value after application of the FL1 cream for four weeks.
TestParameterBaselineWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
FL1 creamMelanin content (%)36.00 ± 0.33 a35.13 ± 0.38 b33.93 ± 0.53 c33.60 ± 0.44 c35.39 ± 0.55 ab
L* value37.39 ± 0.40 a38.54 ± 0.47 b39.41 ± 0.47 c41.00 ± 0.65 d39.13 ± 0.70 bc
Untreated areaMelanin content (%)36.44 ± 0.37 a36.15 ± 0.34 a36.01 ± 0.34 a37.13 ± 0.39 ab37.52 ± 0.47 b
L* value37.57 ± 0.42 a38.07 ± 0.47 ab38.33 ± 0.46 b37.95 ± 0.42 a36.54 ± 0.80 a
Values are expressed as means ± standard error. For each parameter of each sample test, not sharing the same letter in each row indicates significant difference at p < 0.05.

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