Is Hydrolyze Really The Dark Circle Champ?

Hydrolize Under Eye Treatment PhotoHydrolyze, by the makers of Hydroxatone and Bellaplex, is a topical treatment for dark undereye circles and wrinkles. Hydrolyze promises to treat two beauty problems at once by using two ingredients: Matrixyl 3000™ and Haloxyl, to treat wrinkles around the eye area and eliminate dark circles. This product is specialized for use only around the eyes, it is not a general all purpose wrinkle cream.

How Did I get These Dark Circles, Anyway?

Despite what most people think, deep, dark circles under your eyes are not primarily caused by being tired or stressed. These factors can exacerbate the problem, but dermatologists say that dark circles are caused by capillaries that leak blood close to the skin’s surface. When this blood begins to oxidize, it turns a bluish red color, similar to an ugly bruise. And since the skin under the eyes is very thin, this leads to the appearance of dark circles. The more transparent your skin and the more blood that pools under it, the darker the circles appear.

Here's a link to purchase Hydrolyze. It retails for $49.99 plus $7.95 shipping for one jar. A jar appears to be a one month supply, though this is not certain. Hydrolyze can be purchased cheaper, if you buy in bulk. There is a 30 day money back guarantee, minus a $7.95 restocking fee. You must contact the company to get instructions to return the product.

Some additional information: the company website is and that is where you can buy Hydrolyze. There has been some confusion with this.

Product Claims:

  • Reduce appearance of dark circles as much as 45%
  • Diminish appearance of bags under eyes up to 68%
  • Boost collagen production
  • Reduce visible wrinkles
  • Strengthen under eye capillaries
  • Eyes appear younger and brighter

Cross Examination:

Hydrolyze was difficult to cross examine, because I could not find a complete ingredient list. ANYWHERE. If anybody has this, can you let me know? In the meantime, I will work with what I have, which is the two ingredients listed on the website: Matrixyl 3000™ and Haloxyl.

We already know that Matrixyl 3000™ is a combination of two peptides that are great anti-oxidants and do stimulate collagen production. This is a good wrinkle fighting ingredient and would fit with Hydrolyze’s claim that the product stimulates collagen and reduces visible wrinkles. However, I have seen products before that say they have Matrixyl 3000™, and then when you examine the actual ingredient list, they actually don’t.

Haloxyl is the other main ingredient listed. After some digging, I did come up with the ingredient list for Haloxyl: water, glycerin, steareth-20, N-hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl Oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.

Well, lo and behold: the two peptides that make up Matrixyl 3000™ are actually incorporated into Haloxyl. So Hydrolyze is telling the truth: they DO have Matrixyl 3000™, it is just part of Haloxyl. (Don’t you wish they would just make this clear? I guess marketing with just “Haloxyl” isn’t enough…)

More Active Ingredients…

Let’s examine the other active ingredient in this list: Chrysin. Chrysin is a naturally occurring flavone chemically extracted from the blue passion flower. This is the ingredient responsible for reducing the dark circles, and I am about to tell you how. Are you ready for some super scientific terms?

Here is how Haloxyl works:  Chrysin stimulates the enzyme (UGT1A1) to clear the skin cells of iron and other pigmented degradation products. Then, N-Hydroxysuccinimide (see it in the list?) makes the iron soluble, allowing it to be eliminated by the bloodstream.

It’s genius! But does it really work?

In a double-blind clinical trial reported by the manufacturer, 22 female volunteers applied a gel containing 2% Haloxyl to the contour of the eye, and to the other eye they applied a placebo. This test ran for 56 days. The anti-darkening circle effect was assessed by image analysis and the change in the color parameters were measured resulting in a more than 60% reduction in under eye dark circles. These findings were confirmed using high-speed laboratory photography that clearly showed a significant reduction in the appearance of the blue and red color that make up dark eye circles.

This study appears pretty convincing, as it is double blind and placebo controlled, but one always has to take company sponsored studies with a grain of salt. I would like to see Haloxyl tested independently.

The Bottom Line:

Hydrolyze, for the treatment of dark under-eye circles and eye wrinkles, appears to be an awesome product. Check out Hydrolyze online. I would recommend to the company that they release a full ingredient list, because consumers are becoming less and less tolerant of companies that do not offer full disclosure. In addition, if you have any allergies or use only vegan ingredients, I would not recommend this product to you based on the fact that we do not have the full ingredient list.

The product does come in a jar, and my readers know how I feel about jars. However, there really are no anti-oxidants to worry about: the peptides may get oxidized, but that is not as concerning.

The product does come with a 30 day money-back guarantee, so if you are suffering from dark circles, I would give this one a try. Here's a link. If it doesn’t seem to be working out for you, then you are out a couple of bucks, but I think the risk is worth it.

For those of you who are looking for a more all encompassing wrinkle treatment, I would pass on this product and use something like LifeCell or Revitol.