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DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Mask

Posted on: March 21, 2009




DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Mask contains Alpha Arbutin as its potent ingredient where many specialists believe Alpha version of arbutin is more stable and works more effectively to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase, leading skin lightening more efficiently.


The Mask is fragrance-free, no coloring and close to skin pH, the 12ml content seems like fully absorbed by the sheet mask by not leaving any extra essence in the pack.The paper mask could be stretchable gently, the cutting of DHC mask didn’t fit well on my face, it was too large on me but will be just nice for those have round face.


The consistency of the essence is watery clear liquid, I leave the mask on face for 20 minutes, then just put on moisturizer without rinse off. No worries of breakout because the essence really lightweight like toner. Although I hardly get dullness over past few months, but I still notice slightly brightening and hydrating effects after the application. I gave a piece of the mask to my SO who has originally fair skin but medium tanned now, I have not noticed any instant obviously brightening effect on him.


By the way, if you are sun-tanning, please make sure your skin is already calmly soothed before any whitening treatment, else your skin most probably get sensitive inflamed and take longer time to recover the brightness.


The DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Mask costs me 550 baht per box, each box contains 5 sheets with 12ml essence per sheet.


Rating: …))) good  Good. May buy again.



Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Morus Alba Root Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-Imide, Serine, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Tyrosine, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract


7 Responses to "DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Mask"

Great blog! So informative and thorough and best of all, you show the ingredients list of the products too, which is so hard to find in the UK.
You wrote that you dont recommend use whitening products after being in the sun…Why is that? Cos my skin is easily irritated from new and maybe existing products, and i dont know whether that has anything to do with sun exposure
Thank you!

First of all, thank you for the comment, ns.

I found ingredient list is utterly useful when we know a same product might give different result on different person. So the ingredient list always give you some clues of the product consistency, possible irritants, expected benefit and your money value. But without knowing the product pH, ingredient concentration and personal testing for enough time, we never know if it is suitable and effective.

Ah…you give me very good question here. I’m going to say more details and I hope you don’t get bored of it. My pda doesn’t support long text, so I’m going to seperate the reply.

Many whitening ingredients (W.I) are medicated and the concentration is strictly governed by respective country. But don’t worry because they are generally safe to use. W.I that have nature acid characteristic such as AHA, vitamin C, kojic acid, arbutin…etc might irritate the sensitive skin when skin is severe stinging, got wound or after sunburn. Think of this way, if you go for skin laser treatment/surgery, skin recovery is the first priority before any intensive treatment.

W.I such as Licorice extract is very gentle to use as it has soothing and anti-inflamatory ability too, but very slow for whitening sake. Most whitening masks already embody both whitening and soothing properties (eg: Bisalool, Allantoin, Aloe vera, biosaccharide gum-1, Dipottassium Glycyrrhizate…etc), so if you didn’t get sunburn then you actually can use the mask safely after sun.

You mentioned that your skin get easily irritated with both new and existing products, I’ll suggest you:

1. understand your skin condition, no one know better than yourself. For eg: allergy, eczema.

2. many ingredients have exfoliating nature (for eg: my skin stings discomfortly with a BHA cleanser in few days). Try to go through all the product ingredient lists and see if some of the ingredient are irritating such as surfactant, emulsifier and preservative.

3. try to get a professional to guide you on above and choosing right product for you.

I learnt that a product can be irritating to sensitive skin even the ingredient list looks good. The main issue is the complicated formulation mostly. It is possible some good ingredients added just for marketing selling point where the concentration is too low. May be the greatest benefit of a sensitive skin is it do a filteration job for us.

I’m not an expert and I hope my superficial explanation will be helpful to you. By the way, I found read more reviews of a product do help in certain way, let other’s experiences tell you more important things that we can’t get from an ingredient list. (“v)

Wow thank you so much for your detailed explanation! Its so helpful 🙂 I didnt know there were so many whitening ingredients out there, especially the more gentle ones, I keep on hearing vitamin c and arbutin though.
I’ve been trying to “get to know” my skin for a good 2-3 years now, but it changes so much, I cant even keep up with it. Its such a nuisance as I love trying out new things.
I’ve bookmarked your blog and look forward to your new reviews an will read through your older ones 🙂
Thank you

Hi ns, glad to know that my explaination is helpful. ^^

Our skin is variable with provided environment. Constant observation will help you understand it more.

Hopefully my other reviews will give you some new ideas of various product.

Happy reading and it is my pleasure to have your support. (“v)

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March 2009

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