Rapper and clothing guru Kanye West made worldwide headlines this past week after posting a picture wearing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat and officially announcing his support for “The Great Donald Trump”. Kanye went even further when he went into the TMZ newsroom and proclaimed that Slavery was a choice causing the world to go into an uproar. Now, according to reports from a UK publication and MediaTakeout.com, Kanye is planning on going the Michael Jackson route and changing his skin color through skin bleaching.
Mediatakeout has the full story:
One procedure that Kanye is reportedly looking into is intravenous glutathione treatments – that’s the latest trend in skin bleaching techniques. Here’s how the NY Times describes the procedure:
Glutathione is an antioxidant naturally found in human cells that neutralizes free radicals, boosts the immune system and detoxifies the body. It can also cause skin lightening by converting melanin to a lighter color and deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps produce the pigment. Intravenous glutathione treatments, like those Ms. Peters receives, are meant to increase those natural effects, diminishing scars and blotches while lightening skin color over all.
For the past week, Kanye West has been going on RACIST RANTS on social media – where he repeats White supremacist ideology to his millions of followers. He’s been recently criticized by leaders in the Black community. And the bad news keeps on coming because CNN is reporting that a local Detroit radio station has completely removed Kanye’s music from its airwaves: Kanye West’s recent comments outraged a lot of people this week. And there’s one group who no longer wants to hear any of it: the morning show hosts at Detroit radio station 105.1 The Bounce. During a Facebook live video of the station’s early show on Thursday, The Morning Bounce’s hosts Shay Shay and BiGG announced they’ll no longer play the rapper’s songs.
Glutathione plays an important role in preventing oxidative damage to the skin. In addition to its many recognized biological functions, glutathione has also been associated with skin lightening ability. The role of glutathione as a skin whitener was discovered as a side effect of large doses of glutathione. Glutathione utilizes different mechanisms to exert its action as a skin whitening agent at various levels of melanogenesis. It inhibits melanin synthesis by means of stopping the neurotransmitter precursor L-DOPA’s ability to interact with tyrosinase in the process of melanin production. Glutathione inhibits the actual production as well as agglutination of melanin by interrupting the function of L-DOPA.
Another study found that glutathione inhibits melanin formation by direct inactivation of the enzyme tyrosinase by binding and chelating copper within the enzyme’s active site. Glutathione’s antioxidant property allows it to inhibit melanin synthesis by quenching of free radicals and peroxides that contribute to tyrosinase activation and melanin formation. Its antioxidant property also protects the skin from UV radiation and other environmental as well as internal stressors that generate free radicals that cause skin damage and hyperpigmentation.
In most mammals, melanin formation consists of eumelanin (brown-black pigment) and pheomelanin ( yellow-red pigment) as either mixtures or co-polymers. Increase in glutathione level may induce the pigment cell to produce pheomelanin instead of eumelanin pigments. A research by Te-Sheng Chang found lowest levels of reduced glutathione to be associated with eumelanin type pigmentation, whereas the highest ones were associated with the pheomelanin. As a result, it is reasonable to assume that depletion of glutathione would result in eumelanin formation. Prota  observed that decreased glutathione concentration led to the conversion of L-Dopaquinone to Dopachrome, increasing the formation of brown-black pigment (eumelanin).