Arbutin is a secret skin-brightener you’ve never heard of.
It is a derivative of hydroquinone which is the gold standard for skin lightening, it inhibits the pathway that produces pigmentation
TYPE OF INGREDIENT:
Arbutin is a glycoside; a glycosylated hydroquinone extracted from the bearberry plant.
In addition to being extracted from bearberry plants, as well as blueberry and cranberry plants, arbutin can also be chemically synthesized.
Applied topically, it inhibits tyrosinase and thus prevents the formation of melanin. It works by slowly releasing hydroquinone through hydrolysis, which in turn inhibits tyrosinase activity—a key enzyme used to produce pigment in the skin—to reduce the skin’s melanin production.
It is a skin-brightening agent. It is used in skin lightening treatments designed for long term and regular use.
Lightens dark spots, lessens appearance of acne scars, helps even out skin tone.
WHO SHOULD USE IT:
Arbutin is generally safe for all skin types.
Arbutin is a safer, yet effective alternative to hydroquinone and is found in many skin lightening creams at varied concentrations.
WHEN YOU CAN USE IT:
Arbutin can be used twice a day. It is safe to apply on clean skin with other creams and serums. It can also be used in the summer since it does not make skin more sensitive to the sun.
Because arbutin tends to be gentle, it can be used in combination with other skin lightening ingredients, like chemical peels and retinols.