Bearberry leave and fruit used in skin lightening serum

Bearberry leaf extract and natural skin brightening

What is Bearberry Extract?

Bearberry (botanically called arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a dwarf shrub that adapted to arctic and sub-arctic climates. The name itself “Bearberry” derives from the fact that it’s a favorite food of bears.

For us skincare geeks, the magic in the plant comes from its leaves. The main constituents of Bearberry leaf are Glycosides Arbutin (up to 15%), Methylarbutin (up to 4%), small quantities of the free Aglycones, and a range of natural anti-oxidants. Traces of polyphenols can also be found in the extract that has made Bearberry leaf an ideal protector against lipid oxidation and biological ageing of tissues.

Bearberry Leaf extract and natural skin-lightening/Brightening:

Bearberry leaf contains a high concentration of natural hydroquinone mainly in the form of arbutin that works to fade hyperpigmentation by inhibiting the production of melanin (pigment) in the skin.

It is worth mentioning that hydroquinone itself is banned in most countries including Pakistan due to its carcinogenic nature. This form of hydroquinone in Bearberry leaf is completely safe and research has shown that it has helped individuals fight pigmentation. It comes as no surprise that Bearberry leaf extract is a favorite ingredient for skin brightening in Korean skincare industry.

At Hunza Herbal, we use Bearberry leaf extract along with Vitamin C to strengthen the serum’s whitening and anti-oxidant properties.  You can use the serum to fight pigmentation and age spots with the knowledge that the formulation is completely safe and made out of naturally sourced ingredients.

What are the factors that cause adult acne?

If you are suffering from acne after the age of 25, there is a high chance you are experiencing adult acne, or post-adolescent acne. For the most part, factors causing acne in adults are the same that adolescents face.

While acne can be caused by many factors, these four factors directly contribute to acne:

  • Skin producing excess oil
  • Pores becoming blogged by dead skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation

In addition to the major factors mentioned, below factors can also cause acne breakouts:

  • hormones, stress, and the menstrual cycle in women, all of which can influence oil production
  • Make-up and beauty products, hair products, skin care products that can clog pores
  • Your Diet: can directly influence inflammation in human body
  • Medications: Anabolic steroids, corticosteroids, lithium etc. can also result in acne

While treating acne it is important to remember the acne can also be a systemic condition. If you are facing excess hair growth or loss, rapid weight changes or other skin disorders in addition to acne, it can be a symptom of other underlying diseases and could potentially be a red flag. It is important to not self-medicate and visit a doctor for evaluation.

How can adults prevent acne breakouts?

It’s unfortunate that acne is not completely in one’s control but there are some important tips that you can use to avoid breakouts:

  • ALWAYS take off your make up before going to bed
  • When buying makeup or skincare products, always check the labels for pointers such as “oil-free,” “won’t clog pores,” or “non-comedogenic”
  • Avoid oil in your hair care and facial products

Often times, people confuse post-inflammatory pigment changes from picking on acne or pimples with actual acne. Avoid this habit and use sunscreen daily (SPF 30+) in all weather conditions to prevent darkening of these spots.

New research also points out to dietary changes or improvements leading to reduced acne. Eliminating dairy products from the diet has helped many patients in completely eliminating acne breakouts. However it is important to rely on published information when it comes to nutrition and skin. Relationship between ones diet and skin health is still being established by the science community.