DescriptionWhat Is Alpha-Arbutin?
The primary source for Alpha-Arbutin is a small evergreen bush called the Bearberry, and it is derived from the leaves of this bush. Bearberry grows over most of the Northern hemisphere and is found in the continental United States as far south as Wisconsin and New Jersey. Arbutin is derived from the leaves of bearberry because of it’s melanin-inhibiting properties. Arbutin and other plant extracts are considered safe alternatives to commonly used pigment reducing agents to make the skin fairer.
Arbutin exists in two conformations, alpha and beta. The alpha conformation offers higher stability and is the preferred form for skin lightening applications. Medical studies have shown it to be very effective for skin lightening. There are patents covering its use for topical skin lightening products.