Skin lightening products have gone ‘natural’ and many of these natural ingredients are far more effective than their chemical predecessors. One of the new ingredients is an extract from the root of the paper mulberry tree which is native to eastern Asia. The extract from the paper mulberry root inhibits the production of melanin which is what skin draws its color from. At a concentration of 1%, paper mulberry extract is not a significant irritant which means that allergic reactions are minimized. Lighteners such as paper mulberry typically provide the best results when combined with several other ingredients together into one product.