Alpha Arbutin or Alfa Arbutin is a natural derivative of hydroquinone, a well-known skin-lightening agent that has been used for decades. It is a glycoside extracted from the bearberry plant, belonging to the family Ericaceae. It is an ingredient with skin-lightening properties and is used in cosmetic and skincare items.
|Name of Product||Alpha Arbutin|
|Synonyms||alpha-Arbutin; 4-hydroxyphenyl alpha-D-glucopyranoside; a-Arbutin; Alfa Arbutina; Alpha Arbutine|
|Molecular Weight||272.25 g/mol|
|1||Appearance (Form)||Solid Fine Powder or Crystals|
|3||Solubility||Soluble in water and alcohol|
|4||Melting point||199-204 °C|
|5||pH (1% water solution)||5.0-7.0|
|6||Loss on Drying||NMT 0.5%|
|7||Sulphated Ash||NMT 0.5%|
Alpha arbutin is a skin-lightening agent that is used in a variety of cosmetic and skincare products for the following applications-
Alpha Arbutin is generally considered safe when used as directed and at recommended concentrations. However, some possible side effects associated with the use of Alpha Arbutin may include:
Q. What does Alpha Arbutin do?
Alpha Arbutin works by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of melanin. By inhibiting tyrosinase activity, it reduces the production of melanin, leading to a brighter and more even skin tone.
Q. Can I use Alpha Arbutin with Retinol?
Alpha Arbutin and Retinol are generally considered safe to use together.
Q. Can I use Alpha Arbutin with Niacinamide?
Q. Does Alpha Arbutin cause purging?
Alpha Arbutin does not cause purging (a temporary skin reaction to specific ingredients that cause breakouts, dryness, flaking, and peeling).
Q. Is Alpha Arbutin safe during pregnancy?
Alpha Arbutin has lower toxicity and is considered to be safe for use during pregnancy. However, one should consult a medical professional before using it during pregnancy.