Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Arbutinum; Hydroquinone-beta-D-glucoside; Urisin

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Arbutin is a naturally occurring glucoside that can be extracted from Uvae uris folium, the leaves of the bearberry. It is also found in other plant species such as Ericaceae, Lamiaceae, Rosaceae, Caprifoliaceae etc. As a hydroquinone derivative it has an inhibitory effect on melanogenesis in external preparations (often extracts of bearberry leaves are found in (natural) cosmetics), i.e. it lightens the skin. Arbutin is hydrolytically split in the organism into hydroquinone and glucose.

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