HERVE CONGE, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HERVE CONGE, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Arbutin. Polarised light micrograph of arbutin (C12.H16.O6) crystallising. Arbutin is used as a skin whitening agent. When combined in a cream with the enzyme tyrosinase it stops the formation of the skin pigment melanin and promotes its decomposition and drainage. Magnification: x30 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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