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Arbutin: The little-known lightener for scarring and pigmentation

Historically, the only way to treat acne scarring and pigmentation were with the skin-lightening ingredient hydroquinone. A kind of bleach for the skin, hydroquinone is now banned in Europe, Japan, and Australia for its harsh and potentially harmful effects.

Scarring and pigmentation sufferers can breathe a sigh of relief because thankfully, there’s an alternative.

Alpha and beta arbutin provide a much gentler method of diminishing imperfection. Working together in a ‘golden formula’ (more on that later), they can suppress the stimulation of melanin in the skin, the biological cause of pigmentation. They reduce the redness that can often accompany acne. And their potent antioxidant properties deliver protection and vitality to the skin, no matter your skin type.

So where does this little-known ingredient come from? Sufferers of scarring, age spots, pigmentation, and hyperpigmentation will be pleased to know that arbutin is all-natural.

Categorized as a ‘plant extract’, arbutin is derived from fruits such as pear, blueberry, bearberry, and cranberry. It’s been scientifically proven (studies here and here) to be an effective, natural melanin inhibitor. No harsh bleaches needed.  

I don’t have acne scarring or pigmentation. What can arbutin do for me?

No need for skincare FOMO – anyone can benefit from alpha and beta arbutin.

Many of us carry signs of sun damage on our skin – uneven tone, sun spots, freckles – even a tan (sadly) counts as skin damage! Our faces, necks, and hands get it the worst, thanks to being the most exposed all year round.

Arbutin can help reverse the patchy, age-betraying effects of damage from UV rays. Arbutin works to fade even long-term damage, for a youthful and flawless complexion.  

Its inherent antioxidants also protect the skin from free radicals (unbonded oxygen particles in the air) that deteriorate our natural skin tissues.

How do I use arbutin?

Arbutin should come in at the center of your skincare regime. Apply it after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. It’ll be most effective when your skin is clear of any moisture and residue.

You can either apply the solution solely to your problem areas – e.g. patches of pigmentation or scarring, or you can apply it to your whole face (avoiding the eyes and mouth) to reap the maximum benefits.

Arbutin is natural, but it’s powerful. It’s always recommended to do a patch test before full use. Start slowly, applying small amounts every 1-2 days. After a week, if there’s no irritation, it’s safe to use every day.

Are there any side effects to arbutin?

Any unique allergies or extremely sensitive skin aside, arbutin is safe for all skin types.

However, as with the use of many powerful active ingredients like retinol, it’s key to ramp up your protective measures. Arbutin can make you more sensitive to sunlight, so use it in the evenings only, and make sure you wear a high-factor sunscreen throughout the day.

Where can I find arbutin?

Our Arbutin 4% Brightening & Rejuvenating Essence[link to product page] is a highly effective remedy for pigmentation, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. It’s crafted with the perfect balance or ‘golden formula’ of 1% alpha and 3% beta arbutin.

With regular use, you’ll see improved skin tone, and a significant reduction in the need for concealers and full-coverage foundations. 

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