Ingredients for Brightening - Alpha Arbutin

If you run a google search for ‘brightening’ a whole load of definitions will pop up. Here at NBSkincare, our brightening products are products that'll help you get rid of and prevent acne scars, hyperpigmentation and other forms of scaring or darkening. In essence, they will help you achieve an even skin tone.

So, what are brightening ingredients anyway? Our Brightening Body Range currently consists of the following brightening ingredients:

Alpha Arbutin


Kojic Diplamitate

NAG (N-acteyl Glucosamine)

Turmeric Powder

Carrot Oil

In today's blog post we will focus on Alpha Arbutin - how it works, benefits, side effects and our products that contain it.

Quick summary

Ingredient Type: Brightener

Key Benefits: Lightens dark spots/hyperpigmentation, reduces the appearance of acne scars, helps even out skin tone.

Suitable for: All skin types.

Recommended Usage: Twice a day. 

Use With: Vitamin C, AHAs

Avoid Using With: Safe to use with other skincare ingredients, heat can degrade the effectiveness of Alpha Arbutin.

How It Works

Alpha Arbutin is a molecule gotten from the bearberry plant, it prevents the formation of melanin. It functions as a tyrosinase inhibitor to provide skin brightening effects. Dark spots and patches are a result of pigments called melanocytes which are produced in skin cells. Melanocytes contain an enzyme called tyrosinase which is essential in melanin formation. They are activated when they come in contact with UV rays, which is why you’ll notice darkening when are exposed to sunlight, especially for extended periods. Alpha Arbutin helps block tyrosinase, thereby keeping hyperpigmentation and darkening at bay.


1. Alpha Arbutin has sun protection properties. Arbutin can reduce the degree of skin darkening after sun exposure by inhibiting tyrosinase production.

2. Gentle on skin: Alpha Arbutin does not have a drying or irritating effect, even on dry and sensitive skin types.

3. Improves uneven complexion: Since Alpha Arbutin inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme that helps with melanin production, it helps prevent and fade dark spots.

4. Effective at fading scars: Alpha Arbutin is also great at fading acne scars and injury scars

5. Brightens skin: Alpha Arbutin prevents dark spot formation, thereby having a brightening effect. 

Side Effects

Alpha Arbutin is considered a safe and effective ingredient for skin brightening. Alpha Arbutin has no known side effects. Have you experienced any side effects since you started using products with Alpha Arbutin? Please let us know by sending an email to

How To Use

We advise you use products containing Alpha Arbutin twice daily (morning and night).


Find Alpha Arbutin in...

Our Brightening Body Lotion 

Perfect for day and night use, our Brightening Body Lotion will help even out skin tone/complexion and keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. This product works by naturally reducing the overproduction of melanin while hydrating the skin and creating a protective layer on the skin to help trap moisture and prevent trans-epidermal water loss without clogging pores.

Designed for all skin types and tones to help even out areas that have been darkened by acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and all other discolouration caused by overproduction of melanin. Please give up to 4 weeks of continuous use (day & night) for results to show.

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