• Brightens the Skin*
  • May Help Improve the Appearance of Sunspots*
  • May Help to Improve Uneven Pigmentation*


Alpha arbutin may inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme essential to melanin production in the skin (Journal of Cosmetic Science). Alpha arbutin is more potent than beta arbutin in lightening the skin; however, both 1% alpha arbutin and 1% beta arbutin are considered to be more potent than 4% kojic acid in lightening the skin in peer-reviewed research studies.


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All may help reduce the appearance of sunspots and uneven pigmentation on the skin*


There are currently 143 studies on Arbutin.

Determination of arbutin, niacinamide, and adenosine in functional cosmetic products by high-performance liquid chromatography

JS Jeon, MJ Lee, MH Yoon, JA Park, H Yi… – Analytical …, 2014 – Taylor & Francis
… appli- cation of green chromatography-I. Separation and analysis of niacinamide in skincare
creams using pure water as the mobile phase. Talanta 84(1): 169–174. Zen, JM, HH Yang, MH
Chiu, CH Yang, and Y. Shih. 2011. Selective determination of arbutin in cosmetic …

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C Dehaven – Retrieved from, 2014 –
… 2014 Science of Skincare, LLC. All rights reserved. 3 … When kojic
acid is used in combination with arbutin glycoside or glycolic acid, the improvement in
hyperpigmentation increases by as much as 60% compared to using either ingredient alone …

Topical treatment of hyperpigmentation disorders

M Rendon, S Horwitz – Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, 2012 – Elsevier
… In one study, a mixture of aloesin and arbutin on cultured melanocytes produced a significant
decrease in melanin content [13] … A relatively new skincare system contains 0.01% oligopeptide
cream, an antioxidant cleanser, 20% glycolic acid lotion, and physical sunscreen …