Skip to content


Your cart is empty



Arbutin is a naturally occurring derivative of the lightening gold standard hydroquinone, that exhibits efficient melanin regulation without side effects. It effectively brightens the skin and reduces hyperpigmentation for a flawless and even complexion.


Arbutin is a natural compound that is derived from plants, such as bearberry, blueberry, and cranberry. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. In recent years, arbutin has gained popularity in the skincare industry due to its skin-brightening and antioxidant properties. Arbutin is a popular ingredient and is one of the main ingredients used against brown spots and patches in skincare products.

It is highly appreciated for its ability to brighten and even skin tone, giving a radiant and healthy-looking skin. It is gentle at low concentration, making it ideal even for sensitive skin. With regular use, it can visibly even skin tone, resulting in a naturally beautiful complexion.


The recommended concentration of arbutin used in skin care products depends on the chemical structure because arbutin comes in 2 different chemical forms; alpha and beta arbutins. 1 to 2% beta-arbutin has been found to be effective in regulating melanin and improving the appearance of pigment spots and brown circles. Being said, it is deemed safe for use up to 7%. Universkin provides its arbutin at 3% strength.

Who Should Use It

Arbutin is suitable for all phototypes and is ideal for those with pigment spots and patches brown circles, and both thin and thick skin.

Can Be Used In Combination With

Arbutin works well in combination with other skincare ingredients such as SOD, Ferulic acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin C, and Kojic acid.

How Often Can You Use It

The frequency of use depends on the concentration of arbutin in the product and the individual's skin type and conditions. It can be used daily in the morning and/or in the evening.

Don't Use It If

As with any skincare ingredient, some individuals may be more sensitive or allergic to arbutin than others. In general, individuals who have a known allergy or sensitivity to arbutin or any of its derivatives should avoid using products containing arbutin. It is also important to note that some individuals may be more prone to skin irritation or adverse reactions than others, particularly those with sensitive skin. In the absence of recommendations, arbutin should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.

It is always recommended to test products on a small skin area before using on the face.

Origins of the Ingredient

Arbutin is a naturally occurring plant-derived ingredient that can be extracted from bearberrymulberry, blueberry, and wheat, among others. These plants have been used in traditional skin care remedies for centuries, particularly in Asia, for its skin-lightening properties. Universkin has selected a pure and synthetic arbutin to provide higher concentration of the active ingredient than plant extract and produce stronger and more consistent results.

Chemical Composition

Arbutin is a glycoside of hydroquinone, a skin-lightening agent that is only available by medical prescription. The hydroquinone component of arbutin is responsible for its skin-lightening properties, while the glucose component helps to make the molecule more stable and less irritating to the skin.

Mechanism of Action
Arbutin is a glycoside of hydroquinone and it is converted into hydroquinone into the skin through a process called hydrolysis. It works by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the formation of melanin. Unlike hydroquinone, arbutin is released slowly and steadily into the skin, providing a more gradual and gentler approach to regulating melanin.

By slowing down the production of melanin, arbutin can help to reduce the appearance of pigmented spots and even out the skin tone. It is considered to be a gentler alternative to hydroquinone, which has a similar mechanism of action, but is more aggressive and has been associated with potential side effects.


Arbutin is well known for its gentle skin lightening properties and its ability to target hyperpigmentation issues such as age spots and patches. Additionally, its gentle nature makes it suitable for sensitive and reactive skin types. Some scientific evidence suggests that arbutin, including beta-arbutin, may have antioxidant properties.  and may help to maintain a youthful and radiant appearance. Furthermore, its ability to regulate melanin production makes it an effective ingredient in reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The combination of its skin lightening and protective properties make it an essential ingredient in any skincare routine that aims to promote a brighter and even skin tone.


Arbutin is a stable ingredient.

In conclusion, Arbutin is a widely used ingredient in skincare products that offers a gentle and effective solution for regulating melanin production and achieving a more even skin tone. It is suitable for individuals of all phototypes and skin types.