What is Alpha Arbutin?

Alpha-arbutin 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 alpha arbutin. Alpha arbutin is considered a safer, but not less effective than hydroquinone, even at similar or greater concentrations!


What are the benefits of Alpha Arbutin?

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

How does Alpha Arbutin work?

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

Alpha Arbutin Vs Hydroquinone?

Alpha arbutin 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 Alpha Arbutin?

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.