Melanin Inhibitors do what the names imply, inhibit the production of melanin. They are also known as Tyrosinase inhibitors. Tyrosinase is a copper enzyme that stimulates melanin production. Most whitening/ brightening agents fall under this category as they interfere with the enzyme’s function. Some popular melanin inhibitors include:

the enzyme’s function. Some popular melanin inhibitors include:
• Hydroquinone
• Kojic acid
• Azelaic acid
• Alpha arbutin
• Licorice extract
• Mulberry extract
• N- acetyl Glucosamine
• Niacinamide
• Glutathione, etc.

Amongst all, hydroquinone is the most controversial. It is a skin-bleaching agent used to lighten the skin. It is believed that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen or cancer-causing chemical although it is yet to be proved in humans.

For most who have inhibitions about hydroquinone, natural alternatives include:
• Arbutin
• Alpha hydroxyl acid
• Licorice
• Kojic acid
• Vitamin c
• Papaya
• Glutathione
• Niacinamide

All these are melanin inhibitors as well and can be beneficial in the following ways:


Hyperpigmentation occurs when a particular portion of your skin produces more melanin than its surrounding areas. It can be in form of acne scars, age spots, sunburn, etc. melanin inhibitors will effectively help fade hyperpigmentation overtime.


Helping you get an overall even complexion is where melanin inhibitors come in.

Generally, no matter the melanin inhibitor used, it is advisable to use sunscreen to prevent sun damage to the skin.

Article credit : Cocci Beauty