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

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Last updated on: 13.10.2021

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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 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 externals (it is not uncommon to find extracts of bearberry leaves in (natural) cosmetics), i.e. it has skin lightening effects. Arbutin is hydrolytically split into hydroquinone and glucose in the organism.
Arbutin is also contained in the leaves of the cranberry bush.

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