REphase D-White Review

rephase d whiteGrowing up in Asia, I have always been taught that a pale, pigmentation-free complexion is the ideal beauty. I began my hunt for the perfect whitening product ever since I was 15 and after years and years of searching, I think I have finally found the one!

Developed by Dr. Raffaello Carullo and Dr. Fauzia Chaudhery at the Vivipharma laboratory in Italy, REphase D-White (Dermal White) is a progressive skin-lightening cream to effectively and safely remove skin discoloration that comes with age and sun exposure.

Unlike most whitening products on the market, D-White does not contain Hydroquinone, which can lead to cancer and even increased pigmentation. Instead, key ingredients include Alpha-Arbutin, Citric Acid aka Vitamin C and Zinc Oxide to suppress melanin production, fade deep tissue dark marks and provide UVA/UVB protection to prevent future pigmentation.

Because of its thicker texture, D-White is best used as a spot treatment on problem areas like the face, hands, shoulders and arms. I do not have much pigmentation on my body but thanks to all those SPF-less summer trips to Malaysia and Singapore when I was young, I did accumulate a decent amount of freckles on my cheeks.

I have been applying a pea-sized amount of D-White to my freckles every night for the past 3 weeks and holy moly, this stuff does work! While my freckles are still there, they have definitely faded within 2 weeks and I have never seen results this fast and effective – not even from the bleaching cream my derm gave me! I also love that the cream sinks in super fast, works wonderfully with my other skincare products and does not irritate my sensitive skin.

Since it can take up to 60 days for whitening products to show its full effect, I will keep using D-White. Stay tuned for an update next month!

* A sample of REphase D-White was sent to me for review but it is available at http://www.rephase.com for $60.

Update: REphase has been pulled out of the US and is no longer available on their website.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

33 COMMENTS

  1. humm…sounds interesting.
    I read the description on the site that it whiten spots due to aging and sun exposure. Do u think it would work for acne scars?!

  2. wow
    great!! i was thinking of having laser done to get rid of my freckles! stupid sun in Australia!
    i need one now~
    i hope they ship here

  3. I recommend D-White for my patients because I find it to be the most gentle yet effective whitening cream available.
    From reviewing the studies on Parabens, you can conclude that they are safe for topical use.
    for full explanation http://reverseskinaging.com/parabens.html

    Parabens have a long history of use in cosmetic products and their safety is well-documented and continually evaluated. Parabens have been specifically recognized as safe for use in food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, parabens are the most widely used cosmetic preservatives in the United States. FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.

    The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) reviewed the safety of methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben and concluded they were safe for use in cosmetic products at levels up to 25%. We use parabens at levels from 0.01 to 0.1%.

    On November 14, 2003, the CIR began the process to reopen the safety assessments of methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben in order to offer interested parties an opportunity to submit new data for consideration. In September 2005, the CIR decided to re-open the safety assessment for parabens to request exposure estimates and a risk assessment for cosmetic uses. In December 2005, after considering the margins of safety for exposure to women and infants, the Panel determined that there was no need to change its original conclusion that parabens are safe as used in cosmetics. (The CIR is an industry-sponsored organization that reviews cosmetic ingredient safety and publishes its results in open, peer-reviewed literature. FDA participates in the CIR in a non-voting capacity.)

    What are the Connections Between Parabens and Cancer?

    There is NO proven link between between parabens and cancer.

    The controversy began in 2004 when a study – which has been criticized as flawed by many researchers including the American Cancer Society- detected parabens in breast tumors. The study also discussed this information in the context of the weak estrogen-like properties of parabens and the influence of estrogen on breast cancer. However, the study left several questions unanswered. For example, the study did not show that parabens cause cancer, or that they are harmful in any way, and the study did not look at possible paraben levels in normal tissue.

    Although parabens can act similarly to estrogen, they have been shown to have much less estrogenic activity than the body’s naturally occurring estrogen. For example, a 1998 study found that the most potent paraben tested in the study, butylparaben, showed from 10,000- to 100,000-fold less activity than naturally occurring estradiol (a form of estrogen). Further, parabens are used at very low levels in cosmetics. In a review of the estrogenic activity of parabens, the author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, it was implausible that parabens could increase the risk associates with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.

    A recent review of the available data concluded “it is biologically implausible that parabens could increase the risk of any estrogen-mediated endpoint, including effects on the male reproductive tract or breast cancer” and that “that worst-case daily exposure to parabens would present substantially less risk relative to exposure to naturally occurring endocrine active chemicals (EACs) in the diet such as the phytoestrogen daidzein.” In addition, the American Cancer Society has concluded that there is no good scientific evidence to support a claim that use of paraben containing cosmetics increase an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer.

    Although some parabens have shown estrogenic effect in screening tests, they are many thousands of times less potent than the natural estrogens in the body, and even less potent than the estrogenic compounds in foods such as apples, carrots, beans, dairy foods, garlic, papaya, potatoes, rice, soybeans, wheat, and yams that are eaten everyday.

    More Cancer Scares…

    A recent study found that a single piece of sashimi drenched in soy and wasabi produces more oestrogenic activity inside the body than a lifetime’s use of parabens. The Japanese happily continue to enjoy their sashimi and have continued to produce offspring, whereas the personal care industry immediately jumped the bandwagon of commercial success and decided to ban these products because a scientist with a not-so-hidden objective to sell his or her alternative to parabens decided to tell the press-at-large that they were feminized by the outrageous exposure to these parabens.

  4. MEii,

    I haven’t used D-white on acne scars but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Acne scars are pretty much caused by melanin and D-white works by curbing melanin production.

  5. That was one thing I absolutely hated about living in Asia. Eveyone shoved whitening cream in my face (I’m Latina) every time I went to a beauty store. For me, telling me that I need to lighten my skin color is the same as telling me I’m inferior because I’m not white.

  6. Chica,

    I’m sorry you felt offended. From what I understand, people in Asia use whitening products to control pigmentation (a lot of us tend to have that problem) instead of trying to look white.

  7. See, there’s a common misconception that Asians lighten their skin to look more “White” (i.e. Western, Caucasian). Truth is fair skin was preferred in most Asian cultures for centuries, way before the world started getting weternized – it has nothing to do with people getting whitewashed. I think maybe it’s because lighter skin makes facial features stand out more for some people. I think women of all colours are beautiful. But if some feel like lightening their skin – I don’t think that’s bad at all, whatever makes them feel more comfortable with themselves and suits their look better.

    Sorry, I just felt that maybe some poeple have to get that one cleared up. I hate when people jump to conclusions. I’m an asian girl and loving it, and if I feel like lightening my skin doesn’t mean I wanna look “white”, don’t flatter yourself.

    And thank You Phyllis for sharing your experience. I have some major scarring on my face that I want to clear up. I’ll definetely consider this.

  8. Me too……I am desperate…….please help me find it ANYWHERE!!!! It has amazing reviews, but it’s like a treasure at the end of the rainbow….unreachable :( PLEASE PLEASE HELP US

  9. This 57 year-old has tried several age-spot lightening products, and been DISsatisfied. I’d like to try this company’s product, but like those above, cannot find anywhere to purchase it. Any advice?

  10. Hi all,
    I just found an Italian seller on EBay UK yay! They charge 36.50 Euros. Their listing states they ship to Italy only, but I asked if they’d ship to Australia and the answer was Sure! Will be another 54 Euros though…

  11. I have a lot of acne scars, do you think this product will work on my skin? Does it work well with oily/combination skin types? Where would I buy it because I tried to look for the website and it’s nonexistence. I am so desperate to get rid of my scars!

  12. Hi there! I live in dubai can anyone help me where i could buy the rephase D- white please. Please send it to my email.

    Big thanks

  13. i really need to try this, but can’t seem to find it anywhere. i have tried everything else, to no avail. please help!

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