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Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

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CLAIM TO FAME: A concentrated serum with purified alpha arbutin and hyaluronic acid to brighten and even out skin tone

FAST FACTS: Reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation; delivers a high 2% concentration of alpha arbutin; supported with a next-generation form of hyaluronic acid for enhanced delivery; features a pH level of 4.85-4.90; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain alcohol, silicone, nut, and gluten

PERFECT FOR: Hyper-pigmented, blemished, acne-prone skin

October 14, 2017
”So I have been using this for about a month now… and I use it in conjunction with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%… and I was skeptical… but my hyperpigmentation (that was caused by acne) has decreased, my skin feels so much smoother, softer, and it almost feels like more youthful. The only downside is that it has the ability to leave a sticky feeling, but that doesn’t deter me from using it. I have really enjoyed this product and will reproduce.”
–JS (from theordinary.com)

October 11, 2017
”I love this formula. I have acne oily skin and its really work! Sometimes I wear this with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% or Advance retinoid 2% and its really good!”\ —–AG (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Alpha-Arbutin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

Formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Apply a few drops to face in the AM and PM as part of your skincare regimen. Use sun protection in the AM.

Note: Alpha Arbutin is extremely sensitive to degradation in the presence of water if the pH of the formulation is not ideal. The pH of this formula is approximately 4.9, which is shown to be the most suitable pH to minimize degradation of Alpha Arbutin.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza

Tested for 3 Months

So it has been over 3 months and a half since I've used TO's Alpha Arbutin and I have been holding off this review but now I think I gave the product sufficient time to be tested. Pro's is that I have never broken out from this product ever, it has never irritated me or clogged my pores. However it does not brighten pigmentation as fast as I hoped it would. An acne mark finally faded to a color that I am satisfied with just last night and that's over 12 weeks and 3 bottles of this stuff, consistently. That being said my complexion has been brighter and it layers really well with TO's Niacinamide + Zinc. After this bottle I think I'll be trying out vitamin C serums and see if they are better for lightening acne marks for my skin.

25 days ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena

Second bottle

I kept seeing this brand on my youtube feed and the skincare channels i usually watch gave good reviews about this so i decided to give it a shot about five to six weeks ago. While it takes about 8-12 weeks to see any results on any skin care regimen, i dont know if it’s the combination of this and the other stuff i use or it’s realy the Alpha Arbutin but the mark left behind by one of the biggest pimples i’ve ever had looks lighter. I’m actually on my second bottle because I think it works, or at least works with what i’m currently using.

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 20

Adds support

I've been dealing with acne scars since exactly a month ago. I use TO niacinamide in the AM, and TO Vitamin C 23% in the PM for 3 weeks. I noticed that my scars lightened just a little bit. Since I can't wait for them to disappear, I bought this to add support. I apply this before the niacinamide (AM) and vit C (PM). In just a week, my scars improved. They are much lighter than what the other 2 can do in 3 weeks! *I gave it 4 stars because the box has dents. It wasn't well-packaged when I received it.

about 1 month ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 40

Brightens but dries skin

The good thing about this is my face became brighter and clearer in just a short time. The bad thing is that this leaves my face dry even with the hyaluronic acid in it. I think this is best for younger people. If you have mature skin like me, this will not leave your face supple.

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 26


I think I just have too much expectations on this one based on the reviews of others, but I would say I’m not disappointed. I’m satisfied because my skin has gone from dry to supple and has controlled breakouts since I started consistently using it. I still have minor issues on blemishes and some occasional acne spots here and there that take time to disappear. Nonetheless, I will be patient and purchase again and extend the chance. :)

about 2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 30

Just consuming the bottle

First serum I have tried from The Ordinary and it didn’t work for me. I used this product for over two months and I am just consuming it and will not repurchase again. It does little in improving the pigmentation on my face but it provides enough hydration for my oily skin. I only use this at night. It’s a bit sticky but well absorbed by the face.

2 months ago