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Alpha-arbutin & beta-arbutin


84380-018 / 497-76-7

Restricted as per EC regulation 1223/2009?



Other observations

Date of update Deadline Content of update Reference Source Obelis articles
03/04/2024 01/02/2025 - 01/10/2025 The SCCS concluded that: 1) alpha-arbutin is safe up to 2% in face creams and up to 0.5% in body lotions. They are safe also when used together. 2) beta-arbutin is safe up to 7% in face creams. The level of Hydroquinone in cosmetic products containing Alpha-Arbutin or Arbutin should not be higher than the unavoidable trace level. Lastly, aggregate exposure of alpha-arbutin and beta-arbutin is safe COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2024/996 EC New amendment to EU Cosmetics Regulation: Retinol and other substances banned or restricted in cosmetics