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What is Alpha Arbutin & what are its benefits?



Alpha Arbutin works by preventing tyrosinase, an enzyme found in melanocytes, from producing melanin. Without melanin, the skin's colour is determined by the amount of melanin present. Because Alpha Arbutin is water-soluble, it penetrates the skin rapidly and has a higher effectiveness than its Beta relative, it results in less melanin production, which results in less discolouration and unsightly dark spots.


If you have been trying to lighten your skin or remove age spots, you might know the famous spot-fading ingredients Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, and Licorice extract. Alpha arbutin, a component that we believe is a wonder worker in spot reduction and skin brightening, is a hidden hero. It is hard to find products that will lighten and even out skin tone, especially ones that are safe for sensitive skin, which is why we are pleased to introduce you to Alpha Arbutin Serum.

Bearberry, Cranberry, and Mulberry are all plant species that naturally contain arbutin (a compound that prevents melanin production). Alpha arbutin, a derivative of natural arbutin, is used as a skin-brightening cosmetic to treat sun spots, skin discoloration, and scars resulting from sun damage. In addition to its sun-protection properties, it also provides antioxidant defence. Alpha Arbutin is a more expensive variant of Beta Arbutin, which is chemically similar. In addition, Alpha Arbutin has been shown to be over ten times more effective at skin brightening and reducing dark spots than Beta Arbutin.



Alpha Arbutin is an ingredient that is a Hydroquinone derivative and thus an effective skin brightening and spot fading ingredient. It is the preferred choice when it comes to skin brightening. Having darker skin is determined by the amount of melanin on our skin. However, an excess of melanin also serves as a protective shield against the sun's damaging rays, which leads to hyperpigmentation. Alpha Arbutin inhibits the melanin production in melanocytes by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme. Since less tyrosinase results in less pigmentation, less discoloration and fewer dark spots are produced, less tyrosinase means less pigment. Alpha Arbutin is more quickly absorbed by the skin and more effective than its Beta analogue, as well as safer than Hydroquinone.

Benefits of Using Alpha Arbutin Serum

Reducing Pigmentation & Dark Spots

Due to its water-soluble nature, Alpha-Arbutin inhibits tyrosinase activity to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation without irritation. It is not only known to reduce the appearance of sun spots but also helps prevent them. Hyperpigmentation usually takes time to heal, so you shouldn't expect overnight results. It contains Alpha-Arbutin to reduce hyperpigmentation. To learn more about hyperpigmentation, read this article.

Useful for the treatment of Melsma

During pregnancy, women develop brown spots on their faces because of hormonal changes. Alpha Arbutin, with its skin brightening properties, is shown to help reduce the severity of these spots. Before taking Alpha Arbutin, consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

Having a radiant, even-toned complexion is the dream of many women. The condition refers to the presence of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation in an area of the skin. 

Improves your skin tone.

Alpha Arbutin is a safe option for all skin tones because it does not alter skin colour, only evens out your complexion. It brightens the darker areas of the skin (sun damage and hyperpigmentation), resulting in a natural even skin tone.

It is gentle on your skin.

Alpha Arbutin is a terrific choice for sensitive skin due to its gentle nature. It is less irritating and safer to use than other skin brightening ingredients. There are no nasty side effects if it is used in concentrations up to 2%. 

Who should use Alpha Arbutin


Alpha Arbutin is gentle, so it's a great option if you want to lighten dark spots on your skin. Melasma, sun damage, or acne scars may cause discoloration, and Alpha Arbutin can help. Even if you want to even out your skin tone, Alpha Arbutin is the solution.

People with sensitive skin

Alpha Arbutin works wonderfully as a skin brightener if you have sensitive skin, as compared to Retinol and Glycolic Acid.

People with Dry Skin

Alpha Arbutin protects and nourishes the skin, so people with dry or scaly skin can benefit from its topical use. Unlike other skin brightening agents, Arbutin does not dry out or irritate the skin.

People with Acne Prone Skin

It notably fades tough acne scars and prevents future breakouts as well. Over time, it improves the texture of the skin and helps smooth the scarred skin. Acne scars can be stubborn, read our blog on ingredients proven to fade tough acne scars.


How often should you use Alpha Arbutin Serum

Alpha Arbutin products can be utilised twice daily for optimal results. In addition to using them in both morning and evening skincare routines, apply moisturisers and creams at night for enhanced absorption and hydration. Regardless of the time of day, always thoroughly cleanse your skin prior to applying a substance with Alpha Arbutin. 

Alpha Arbutin is an alternative to standard brightening agents like Kojic Acid and Hydroquinone, which has been proved to be superior in performance. It gives great results when used in concentrations of 1 to 2% for two to three months, and works well in low strengths.

Moisturisers, serums, creams, masks, and toners frequently contain alpha arbutin for its skin brightening benefits. In order to maximise the skin brightening effects, arbutin is most effective when used in conjunction with vitamin C, and niacinamide. 

Check our Hand Blended & Organic Vitamin C Serums Collection



How to Use Alpha Arbutin Serum


Prior to using any heavy moisturisers on your skin, apply an Alpha-Arbutin serum after cleansing on clean, dry skin. Serums are powerful substances, so they should be used to target specific skin problems such as fading blemishes, acne scars, and dark spots. The duo of Alpha Arbutin and Niacinamide in Serum work together to help fade spots and sun damage by improving the skin’s overall texture.

If you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, and wrinkles around your eyes, we recommend using UNDER EYE SERUM ALPHA ARBUTIN 1% PEPTIDES 1%.It contains Hyaluronic acid, glycerol, propylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetra peptide-7, chrysin, N-hydroxy succinimide, strength 20, phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl glycerine, alpha arbutin, niacinamide, glycolic acid which are powerful ingredients.



Dermatologists are increasingly advocating Alpha Arbutin as a skin whitening and spot reducing ingredient due to its effectiveness. It is a widely used ingredient in skincare because it does not alter the skin's condition permanently, making it a safe and non-damaging ingredient. It is also important not to overuse or over-apply Arbutin-based products, as they decrease melanin production.

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