Arbutin (Alpha & Beta)



 If you have age spots, want to whiten your skin or even just even out skin tone to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, the best option for treating it fast was with products containing hydroquinone.   But the problem with finding these products if you live outside the U.S has been they are illegal and therefore only available on the black market .  And even if you can get hydroquinone, there are studies that suggest that it could cause cancer.   Do you have any other choices available? Fortunately, you do - Arbutin.

Arbutin is an active substance existing in natural plant, bearberry, and has been used to treat and prevent skin pigmentation and brighten the skin with its inhibition effects of tyrosinase activity.
With the improvement of the technology and chemistry, Arbutin can be obtained by synthetic method these days.

 As far as alternatives go, there is nothing better than Alpha Arbutin   In fact, the chemical properties in this chemical metabolize down to hydroquinone in your body which means that it could be a safer alternative to the latter  A-Arbutin and Hydroquinone work to reduce wrinkles and lighten the skin because they inhibit tyrosinase from catalyzing melanin, the chemical in our body responsible for the creation of pigment.   Other natural bleaching agents that do the same thing include bearberry and blueberry extract. Sure, they are less strong than hydroquinone but the body reacts the same exact way with less side effects to boot.

Alpha Arbutin is not known as well as its other “arbutin” cousin, beta arbutin. But in recent tests, researchers have found that the ingredients found in this “weed” is the most natural way to treat skin to make skin tone “even”, for reducing age spots and for overall skin bleaching.  In fact, Alpha Arbutin beat out all other natural methods such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid.  And as far as other natural skin whitening herbal ingredients, A-A out performed them all.   Finally, when tests were done between AA and beta arbutin, A-arbutin was found to be over 20 times more effective than B-Arbutin.

So, what does this say?

While Alpha Arbutin is not as effective as hydroquinone, it is less risky and with fewer side effects. From an all-natural perspective, it outperforms all other bleaching agents found organically including bearberry extract, licorice extract and even beta arbutin and benzoyl arbutin. 

Alpha arbutin is very expensive.  That is the one downside.  . Expect to pay as much as $100 although there are some whitening beauty products online that contain smaller traces of this bleaching ingredient for much less.

Alpha Arbutin:

Alpha-Arbutin is a biosynthetic active ingredient that is pure, water-soluble and is manufactured in a powder form. As one of the most advanced skin lightening ingredients on the market, it has been shown to work effectively on all skin types. It is the epimer of arbutin, and research has proven that it has a stronger inhibitory action than that of (beta) arbutin. Though it is a very expensive ingredient to manufacture, even at very low concentrations, a-arbutin has shown to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase. Alpha Arbutin's inhibitory mechanism is different from that of arbutin and can be up to 10 times more effective. The a-glucosidic bond found in alpha Arbutin offers higher stability and efficancy than the B form found in the related Beta-Arbutin. This leads to a skin whitening active that acts faster and more efficiently than existing single components.

Beta-Arbutin (Bearberry Extract):

Beta-Arbutin is often referred to as just Arbutin. As a natural extract found in bearberry (Uva Ursi) plants, Arbutin also provides a skin lightening effect on the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase activity. Though arbutin is a natural derivative of hydroquinone, it does not possess the same risks or side effects. Arbutin has been shown to be a very safe ingredient and does not break down into hydroquionone very readily. Though it is cheaper to manufacture than Alpha-Arbutin, the skin lightening effect is much less than that of its counterpart. For this reason, many new skin whitening products now use Alpha Arbutin as opposed to only beta-Arbutin.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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