What is Arbutin?

The molecule uprooted from the bearberry plant that blocks the development of melanin is known as Arbutin. It works as a skin lightener and one can find it in a variety of things ranging from wheat to pear skins. Arbutin is popular because it acts as a pleasant skin brightener compared to other skin products with the same goal. People with sensitive skin do not need to worry while applying it because the active component from arbutin is freed at a slow rate which makes it less irritating for the skin.

The German Institute of Food and Research has stated intestinal bacteria can easily transform arbutin into hydroquinone which marks the possibility of intestinal cancer. Thus it’s usage has been banned in various countries. Studies have also proved that a large amount of hydroquinone can cause ochronosis i.e. it can make the skin attain pigmentation and transform the affected area’s natural color into bluish black. This problem occurs particular for people with dark skin.
The positive side of Arbutin is that it has been shown to be highly beneficial for skin problems such as darkened skin areas, scars caused by acne and moles.

It is true that Alpha Arbutin is an expensive product compared to Beta Arbutin but the former is more productive than the latter and it suits all type of skin tones including Black skin and Asian skin. If one’s aim is to achieve a fairer and smooth skin tone in a short period of time, then you should go for this. Although it is no longer used in Japan and Europe, it still it has a fair share of popularity in the rest of the world.

How much should you use?

It is advised by doctors that we make use of Alpha Arbutin as long as it’s concentration doesn’t go beyond 4%. If used moderately, then our skin will be saved from its dangerous side effects. Companies which specialize in skin products mix this chief element with hydroxides, kojic acid and glutathione.
Meladerm is one of the top of line products which carries this bearberry extract. It holds 2% of Hydroxide, Kojic Acid and Alpha Arbutin. This product is completely devoid of hydroquinone and hence considered as safe. Meladerm is well known due to it’s usage by some celebrities.
Alpha Arbutin is currently being considered as a safe alternative to Hydroquinone. Although several chemicals have proven themselves to be fruitful for skin whitening, some of them have proven quite harmful too because of their toxic nature. When one uses Alpha Arbutin it is a win-win situation because it represses undesired pigmentation while killing pigment-producing cells.

Customer reviews

Customer reviews on the popular site Amazon reassure that Alpha Arbutin is indeed the ultimate skin whitener for us. One user stated that it not only killed her acne overnight but also made her face look brighter along with making her scars appear less apparent as each day passed by. Another woman in her early forties commented that the pigmentation which appeared on her forehead slowly disappeared once she applied Arbutin serum. Other customers have reviewed that this serum helped in reducing their dark circles and also one huge advantage of using it is that it is completely oil free; so you no longer need to worry about your skin being oily and greasy.

Things to keep in mind

However like all products; this too has it’s fair share of dissatisfied customers. So it is advised that when one decides to apply this, they better consult their dermatologist first because you never know if its side effects will affect you due to the nature and type of your skin.

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