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What Is The Role Of Tyrosinase Inhibitors In Our Skincare?

Gradually tyrosinase inhibitors are becoming a crucial component of our skincare. But many of us don’t know what they are and why they are essential. Keep reading to learn more about tyrosinase inhibitors. 

What Is The Role Of Tyrosinase Inhibitors In Our Skincare?

Tyrosinase inhibitors are chemical compounds that inhibit melanin production in our skin. Melanin is found in our skin to protect from UV rays and give our skin and hair color. So although melanin is an essential skin protecting factor, its excess can lead to unwanted tan, dark spots, and overall dark complexion. Therefore, tyrosinase inhibitors work as skin whitening agents by helping get rid of skin pigmentation.

Some of the examples of tyrosinase inhibitors are kojic acid, hydroquinone, arbutin, retinoids, L-ascorbic acid, etc. These agents work by hindering melanin production in melanocytes with the tyrosinase enzyme. That’s why they are widely used for treating dark spots, inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma. 

Though these agents are available in OTC preparations in smaller concentrations, they still have side effects. They should not be used in higher concentrations without consulting your dermatologist. Moreover, these agents increase sun sensitivity, making you more prone to sun damage and burns. That’s why it is recommended to always pair them up with regular use of sunscreen.   

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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