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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 Arbutin Whitening Shirojyun Cream Hada Labo Rohto Mentholatum - Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Milky Lotion Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion (Rich) Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion SANA White Cream SANA Nameraka Honpo Whitening UV Base The derma CO 2% Alpha Arbutin Serum ciaga Kojbatin Cream Answer19 Cica Arbutin Cream Bougas Beauty Advanced Serum Dermedic Melumin Ebanel Hydroquinone Cream Skin Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum I Flawless Whitening Facial Serum With Lorisa+ It's Skin Caviar Double Effect Toner Klirvin Eye Care Cream La vie en rose Mon Elixir Serum Lamelle Correctives Brighter Serum Langsre Banaberry Brightening Eye Cream MCM Melano Out Cream Micro Labs Kojivit Ultra Obagi Nu Derm Clear FX Pharmaclinix Lightenex® Gold Cream Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Essence Tosowoong Vita Clinic Vitamin Eye Cream Unimed Arbutin Whitening Serum Abbott Melaglow Rich Cream B.Glen Qusome White Essence BeautyMed ABM Clarifying Arbutin Serum Chifure Whitening Essence W Cos De BAHA AN Arbutin Niacinamide Serum Cos De BAHA Arbutin 5% + Niacinamide 5% Serum ELFormula 28 Days Miracle Whitening Solution ELIXIR COSMECEUTICALS Acticlear Eventone Serum Ebanel Skincare Dr Brightening Ultra-Potent Facial Serum Gluta-C Acne Control Toner Hada Labo Perfect 3D Gel MARY & MAY Citrus Unshiu Fruit + Tremella Fuciformis Serum Maiskin Night Cream The Blessing Tree Under Eye Cream Tosowoong Arbutin 5% Whitening Cream Tuel Eye Corrector Firm And Lighten Gel innisfree Soybean Energy Essence 107 Dewy Glow Serum Mist Airnderm Advance Brightener Essence Bellflower Alpha Arbutin Cream For Brightening Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence