This dark spot fading hero takes center stage in our Under Eye Patch because it effectively targets hyperpigmentation and age spots with very little side effect.
Arbutin is a naturally occurring compound found in bearberry, mulberry, and the pomegranate plant. In skincare, it is typically in two forms: Alpha Arbutin and Beta Arbutin. Alpha Arbutin is the more effective of the two and is about 10 times as effective as Beta Arbutin, so you are more likely to see it in product formulations. It is gentle on the skin and an ideal ingredient for sensitive areas like around the eye.
How Alpha Arbutin Works:
By inhibiting tyrosinase, the key enzyme responsible for the production of melanin in the skin, it prevents excess melanin from forming and therefore helps with the fading of scars, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. This mechanism is also similar to how hydroquinone works, but without the associated toxicity. The result - a much more even skin tone.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about Alpha Arbutin
Q: What is Alpha Arbutin’s Function?
A: It is a skin brightener and antioxidant that is useful for improving the appearance of melasma, freckles, age spots and post-inflammatory pigmentation (dark spots) due to its ability to reduce the formation of excess melanin.
Q: What will Alpha Arbutin do to my skin?
A: It evens out skin tone by reducing the pigmentation and discoloration that form following exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. It does this by inhibiting tyrosinase within the melanocytes (skin cells) and helps to control melanin production when skin is injured.
Q: Will Alpha Arbutin bleach my Skin?
A: No, Alpha Arbutin does not bleach the skin. It does not destroy melanin, it simply slows down the production, so it is also beneficial for those who tan easily.
Q: Can Alpha Arbutin be used daily?
A: Yes, it can, and it is especially beneficial for use it in the summer months when the sun’s UV rays are the highest.
Q: Can I use Alpha Arbutin with my other products?
A: Yes, Alpha Arbutin layers and plays well with other skincare ingredients like vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids. In fact, there is evidence that suggests that it boosts the performance of Vit. C. However we generally caution against using too many products together as ingredient concentrations may become an issue.