Eat your way to lighter skin color

Beauty Cred on 27 Jun 2008 at 12:00am

Skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation are widely discussed topics on So when I came across Dr. Thienna Ho's book, it caught my eye. Dr. Ho has a PhD in scientific nutrition and her book is titled, "Unlocking the Mystery of Skin Color: The Strictly Natural Way to Dramatically Lighten Your Skin Color Through Diet and Lifestyle" ($64.95 retail).

Her theory is that by adopting behavioral patterns to maintain high levels of sulfur in your diet you can lighten your complexion.

What foods are sulfur-rich?

Eggs, organ meats, cauliflower, onions, garlic and brussels sprouts is a partial list. I haven't read Dr. Ho's book, but I did check out her website,, wherDr Thienna Ho sells a sauna to help with skin lighteninge in the FAQ section I learned that for a 120 lb person, the suggested sulfur intake for health maintenance is 2,400 mg; for skin restoration, it's 4,800 mg; and for skin lightening, it's 9,600 mg. So if you can do the quick math (and this is consistent at every weight level's recommended sulfur intake), to achieve skin lightening you need to ramp up the sulfur intake by 400% of the amount required for health maintenance.

And, of course, Dr. Ho has her own line of Thienna supplements and skin care (with body care launching summer '08 and makeup launching year-end '08). There's also a ThermoDetox In-Door Steam Sauna (at right) "for brighter skin"--though I'm not sure what a $4,199.99 sauna is buying me in terms of lightening my skin.

While sulfur is an FDA-approved ingredient for OTC acne treatments, and you can find plenty of articles on the subject, there isn't as much to be found in terms of its skin lightening benefits.

What's your take on eating your way to lighter skin? Have you read Dr. Thienna's book? Let us know!