4-Butylresorcinol also referred to as 4-n-butylresorcinol, belongs to the resorcinol’s family. It has the ability to lighten and brighten the skin by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, the rate-limiting melanogenic enzyme.
|Name of Product||4-Butylresorcinol|
|Synonyms||Butylresorcinol; Rucinol; Resorcinol, 4-butyl-; 4-n-Butylresorcinol; Kopcinol|
|Molecular weight||166.22 gm/mol|
|1||Appearance (Form)||Solid Powder or Crystals|
|2||Appearance (Color)||White to Beige or Pink|
|3||Solubility|| Soluble in organic solvents
Poorly soluble in water
Hyperpigmentation is a common condition that affects the skin. It is caused by the buildup of melanin in particular areas or patches of the skin, which causes those areas to look darker than the surrounding area of skin. It can occur because of aging or disorders like melasma. Enzyme tyrosinase is the most important regulator of melanin synthesis.
4-n-Butylresorcinol inhibits directly the activities of tyrosinase and tyrosinase-related protein-1 (TRP-1), which are enzymes necessary for the production of melanin pigment and thus inhibits melanin production.
Q. Is 4-butylresorcinol safe?
It is found that in addition to being highly effective as a depigmenting agent, it is very well tolerated with extremely rare cases of skin sensitivity. Further, it can also be used during pregnancy.