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Soins à l'acide arbutine.

Arbutin acid formulations.

Arbutin acid, also known as alpha arbutin, is a water-soluble substance with recognized lightening properties. Less irritating than hydroquinone, which has been banned in cosmetic products since 2001 according to European regulations, arbutin acid is being increasingly used in skincare products. Discover the different formulations in which you can find this active ingredient.

Arbutin acid: a multi-functional active ingredient.

Arbutin acid is a molecule naturally present in certain plants, such as bell heather, cranberry or blueberry. However, it’sbearberryleaves that the maximum amount can be extracted from. This substance is particularly effective in blurring pigment spots on the surface of the skin.

Arbutin acid is often referred to asnatural hydroquinonebecause of itspigment-regulating character. When applied to the skin, its remarkable effectiveness is due toits perfect affinity with the active site of tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the formation of melanin. As such, this competitive inhibition of the active site of the enzyme blocks its activity and consequently the synthesis of melanin. After about six weeks of using an arbutin acid treatment, pigment spots fade and the complexion regains its uniformity.

Additionally, alpha-arbutinhas a strongantioxidant activity. It therefore inhibits the formation of free radicals, extremely reactive oxygen-derived species which degrade healthy skin cells and proteins, accelerating skin aging.

Which products is arbutin acid found in?

There are different formulations that contain alpha arbutin and are now distributed on the cosmetics market. This active ingredient can be found increams, lotions, toners, aqueous serums or night masks.

In general, the claims associated with products containing this active ingredient relate to the lightening of the complexion, the reduction of blemishes such as acne marks/sun spots/pregnancy mask, or even the prevention of the appearance of wrinkles due to repeated attacks by free radicals. To be effective on the skin, arbutin acid must be concentrated to at least 0.2% in a cosmetic formula. In general, serums are the formulations which have a higher concentration of an active ingredient and therefore of alpha arbutin.

Note: When applied to the skin in high concentrations, arbutin acid may cause slight irritationet/ or redness. According to a report published in 2015, the CSSC (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) considers the use of alpha arbutin in cosmetic products to be safe for consumers at a concentration of up to2%in face creams and up to0.5%in body milks.

The Pigment Spot Serum From Typology

Our Pigment Spot Serum contains 2% alpha-arbutin as well as lemon extract with brightening effects. It helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation spots. We recommend that you apply a few drops to your previously cleansed and dried face in the morning and evening. Then gently massage your face and neck with circular movements. Afterwards, apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. We recommend that you use this serum daily for a minimum of 6 weeks to see the effects.

Note: This serum can also be applied to other areas of the body, such as the back, which is often affected by acne, or the armpits, which darken due to repeated shaving.


  • Rapport du CSSC sur l'alpha-arbutine (22 juillet 2015).


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