What is Alpha Arbutin?

Alpha Arbutin (A-A) is a synthetic and functional active ingredient for skin lightening. It is a biosynthetic ingredient, derived from bearberry, bearberry extract is broken down to produce hydroquinone, hydroquinone and dextrin (a sugar) reacts with a glycosylating enzyme to produce A-A. It is also considered a safer, but not less effective than hydroquinone, even at similar or greater concentrations!


What are the benefits?

  • Lightens skin.
  • Evens skin tone
  • Prevents melanin formation
  • Reverses existing pigmentation such as freckles, sun damage, age spots or liver spots etc

How does it work?

A-A blocks melanin synthesis, resulting in lighter skin. It successfully blocks skin’s tyrosinase activity, therefore preventing and minimising the formation of melanin. A-A also suppresses the enzymes that stimulate the production of melanin, without killing them, thus preventing the future formation of pigmentation.

Alpha Arbutin Vs Hydroquinone?

A-A  is a naturally occurring ingredient and is considered safe and effective.  Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production to lighten skin, but used over a long period of time it can damage pigment cells. Hydroquinoine is a prescription only topical medication found within the Obagi Nu-Derm Range which requires guidance, support and advice for usage.


Which of our FTT products contain It?

FTT Illuminate – Skin Lightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection. Apply liberally to areas of concern at night-time only.