Milanie Torralba on Bearberry and Alpha Arbutin

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bearberryBearberry extract turns up more and more often in skincare. This edible red berry (which is a favorite food of bears – hence the name) has long been used in herbal medicine. It contains something called arbutin, which is a natural skin brightener.

In topical formulations, the effects of arbutin are localized and dose-dependent, which provides control in managing the extent of skin lightening. Products containing arbutin can be used according to the severity of hyperpigmentation, and lower doses and reduced frequency can be employed to fine-tune skin tone. Since arbutin has limited penetration and little to no systemic absorption, use of arbutin-containing products can be stopped to allow normalized skin cells to grow (without overstimulated melanin).

Those with sensitive skin may have reactions to topical applications like arbutin cream. The recommended use for this product is typically to apply it evenly in the morning and at night. Many…

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