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Also-called-like-this: Beta-Arbutin
What-it-does: antioxidant, skin brightening


A pretty well-known and often used ingredient with the magic ability to fade brown spots. It's used traditionally in Japan and can be found naturally in a couple of plants, including the leaves of pear trees, wheat and bearberry

Arbutin seems to work its magic and hinder the pigmentation process at the second step of it. An enzyme called tyrosinase is needed to create melanin (the pigment that causes the brown spots) and while several other skin lightening agents work to inhibit the synthesis of tyrosinase itself (like vitamin C or licorice), arbutin lets tyrosinase be and rather hinders the melanin-forming activity of the enzyme. (So it might be a good idea to combine arbutin with some direct tyrosinase inhibitors for more skin lightening effect.)

All in all, arbutin is one of the better-known skin brightening agents, that's probably worth a try if pigmentation is an issue for you.

Show me some proof

  • Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics February 1996, 276 (2) 765-769; Arbutin: mechanism of its depigmenting action in human melanocyte culture
  • Leslie Baumann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology, 2nd edition, Arbutin - page 280

Products with a known amount of Arbutin

Other products with Arbutin

Blu42 Bright Eye Cream Divine Derriere 5% Alpha Arbutin Whitening Cream - Dark Spot Corrector Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion (Rich) SANA White Cream Answer19 Cica Arbutin Cream Bougas Beauty Advanced Serum Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum It's Skin Caviar Double Effect Toner Langsre Banaberry Brightening Eye Cream MCM Melano Out Cream Micro Labs Kojivit Ultra Obagi Nu Derm Clear FX Tosowoong Vita Clinic Vitamin Eye Cream B.Glen Qusome White Essence Chifure Whitening Essence W Cos De BAHA Arbutin 5% + Niacinamide 5% Serum ELIXIR COSMECEUTICALS Acticlear Eventone Serum Hada Labo Perfect 3D Gel Maiskin Night Cream innisfree Soybean Energy Essence Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack Botanic Farm Salmon Egg Hydrogel Eye Patch Divine Derriere Intimate Lightening Gel For Bikini & Sensitive Areas Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturiser ELENSILIA Escargot Original Repair Cream ElsheSkin Brightening Foaming Cleanser ElsheSkin Radiant Skin Serum Etude House Oh My God Spot Whitening Cream Georganic Goat Milk Brightening Cream Georganic Goat Milk Brightening Cream Duo Gilla8 Dual Super Power Radiance Essence Booster Hada Labo Premium Whitening Essence Hada Labo Shiro-Jyun Serum Hada Labo Shirojyun Clear Lotion Joanna Vargas Twilight Face Mask LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Luxes Swiss Bright Serum Mediheal Line Friends Sheet Mask Milkydress White Virgin Mirae Ex8 Minutes Instant Whitening Mask Nanowhite Intensive Brightening Serum Obagi C Fx C-Therapy Night Cream Obagi Nu Derm Bland FX Skin Brightened & Blending Cream Paula's Choice Resist Brightening Essence Treatment Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule Sidmool Bee Therapy Mineral Serum Sidmool Dr. Troub Skin Returning Niaten Serum Skin Watchers Aqua Most Whitening Water Drop