How Arbutin Can Help Cure Dark Spots Hyperpigmentation?

Emma.QuinceEmma.Quince
Sep. 18, 2020
Many of us deal with pimples and acne, and one of the biggest problems is the dark marks they can leave behind afterward. While these can cause us to never leave the house without a full face of makeup, they aren’t actually permanent. Often, these dark marks fade over the years, and there are products like arbutin that can help. 
What causes dark spots?
Dark spots are most often caused by scarring from pimples and other areas of broken skin. Other causes are: 
  • Sunspots
  • Scars from cuts and scratches (even very minor ones) 
  • Scars from acne and pimples
  • Age spots 
  • Melasma 
  • Darkening/scarring from extremely dry skin (such as eczema) 
How do you get rid of dark spots? 
Most people will reach for lightening creams when they have a dark spot they want to magic away. These often include ingredients like vitamin C and arbutin. 
What is arbutin? 
Arbutin is a natural version of a controversial ingredient called hydroquinone. This ingredient isn’t popular because it has several side effects, including hypersensitivity, skin damage and irritation, and even issues with contamination. 
Fortunately, arbutin is entirely natural, so you don’t have to worry about severe side effects if you want to use arbutin for dark spots. It’s much more gentle but still effective. It originates in the leaves of fruit trees and other plants. It’s effective because it prevents the formation of melanin, which, when overproduced, causes hyperpigmentation. 
How does arbutin work?
Arbutin works because it inhibits something called tyrosinase, which helps melanin to form. This is an enzyme that is produced when your skin cells come into contact with UV light – it’s why you get a tan. 
Because arbutin inhibits tyrosinase, melanin won’t form as easily. Arbutin doesn’t deal with hyperpigmentation by simply removing the dead cells on the surface, as exfoliators do, it penetrates the skin and prevents it from forming in the first place. 
So, what are the best products if you want to use arbutin? 
5 Best Products Containing Arbutin 
  • Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask 
Radiance Renewal Mask, PAULA'S CHOICE, cherie
PAULA'S CHOICERadiance Renewal Mask
This is a great choice if you want to lighten your hyperpigmentation because it’s a mask you can leave on overnight, or during the day if you’re planning a self-care day or working from home. It contains arbutin as well as other restorative ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. 
  • Arcona Brightening Drops 
These drops are a little on the pricy side ($44 a bottle), but a little goes a long way. These drops combine arbutin with other classic brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C and kojic acid. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of a stubborn dark area rather than using it all over, this is a great product. 
  • SkinCeuticals Phyto+ 
This is another product that combines arbutin with kojic acid. It’s a popular combination because while the arbutin helps to lighten pigmentation over time, the kojic acid keeps everything looking and feeling fresh, plump, and youthful. This particular product doesn’t always get on well with super sensitive skin, so if you’ve reacted to other skin products before, look elsewhere. 
  • The Ordinary. Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 
The great thing about this product is it’s super open about what it contains – and it contains two great ingredients for your skin. It’s a concentrated serum with purified arbutin and hyaluronic acid, which helps fight dark spots while keeping skin hydrated. It’s got a lovely gel-like texture which is cool and refreshing and glides over the skin. 
  • The Inkey List Alpha Arbutin 
This is a great arbutin product if you don’t want to spend a huge amount just to give it a try. This Alpha Arbutin from The Inkey List usually retails around $15, which is a fraction of the price of most of the others on this list. It combines arbutin with hyaluronic acid and squalane to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. 
Arbutin is one of the best products to use if your prone to hyperpigmentation from scarring – because it inhibits the formation of the melanin in the first place, using it often will help protect you from further marks in the future! It’s definitely something every generation of the family needs in their bathroom cabinet. 
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