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What Ingredients Are in Skin Whitening Products?

What Ingredients Are in Skin Whitening Products?

When you use skin whitening products, one of the key concerns you have is whether you are applying healthy products on your skin. For this, you would need to have a rough idea of some of the ingredients that are used to make the skin whitening products, which will then lead you to figuring out which ones to use and which ones to avoid. Of course, each skin whitening product will have its own list of ingredients depending on the brand. However, some of the common ones present in a large majority of skin whitening products include:

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is one of the best skin whitening ingredients, and also happens to be one of the safest. It acts to whiten the skin in a number of ways. One of this is by suppression of tyrosinase in the body. This enzyme is essential to the production of tyrosine, which is a precursor to melanin. By inhibiting its production, less melanin is produced, and the skin then becomes lighter. Tyrosinase is a central enzyme in the production of melanin, so inhibiting it will definitely whiten skin. This makes kojic acid one of the most effective whiteners, and which will work with virtually everyone. Kojic acid is usually derived from a particular species of mushroom.


For people new to skin whitening, considering mulberry as an important ingredient in skin whitening can be strange. It has been shown that mulberry root barks have a high potential to reduce the rate of production of melanin by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, just like kojic acid. However, the root bark extracts of the mulberry plant have been shown to be more effective compared to kojic acid. In addition to that, the extracts have also been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines on the face. White and paper mulberry are the kinds that are most suitable for dermatological use.

Alpha Arbutin

Alpha arbutin is a well-known skin lightening agent, and can be found as an ingredient in many skin lightening products. The ingredient’s benefits include providing an even skin tone, as well as reduction of tanning after exposure to UV radiation. In addition to that, alpha arbutin is also very effective at reducing the appearance of liver spots. This biosynthetic ingredient is derived from the bearberry plant, and can be found in many other types of cosmetics in addition to skin lighteners.


Glutathione has received a lot of attention as a cosmetic agent in the recent past. This is not only because it has some effect in skin lightening, but that it also generally improves one’s complexion and health of the skin. This is because glutathione is an antioxidant and also gets rid of heavy metals, free radicals and other unneeded free radicals from the body, all of which can be toxic and lead to cellular damage. Since this effect is systemic, it will lead to better overall health in other tissues such as the nails and hair when taken as a pill. When used as a cream, these effects will be limited to the area of application.