• US Patent No. 10,159,635 B2 (Catherine O'Neill and Ralf Paus); Curapel (Scotland) Limited
, Glasglow, has been awarded a US patent for a cosmetic method of reducing skin melanin content. The method entails topical application of a cosmetic composition that is comprised of melibiose or a salt thereof, and a cosmetically acceptable carrier, vehicle or excipient. The topical application reduces skin melanin content, wherein the melibiose or salt thereof, is present in the composition in an amount of at least about 1% weight/volume.