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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.

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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.

1 day ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 28

Sadly broke me out

I recently included this in my nighttime skin care routine because of good reviews saying that this works well with TO Niacinamide - which I also have and has been working well for me. But after just a week of usage, small hard bumps began to surface all over my face and my neck. As much as I wanted to love this as I love their Niacinamide, TO's Alpha Arbutin just isn't for me. My skin hates it, sadly.

21 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 29

Acne scars, begone!

Fighting the war against acne is never easy. Aside from the redness and painful bumps, you have to have the patience to deal with the aftermath; the acne scars. And man do they linger (like, for a long time). After trying a few products that promised a brighter future for my acne scars, I finally found the one! The one that works, and the one who will brighten my days! I've been using this product for 2 weeks now (nightly) and the results were amazing! My acne scars faded significantly and the rest of my face became glowing! This is going to my HG shelf 😊

23 days ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 23

Great for the face :)

I've been experimenting alot of things on how to have a fair and clear skin on my face. I tried the ever popular vit c serum from korea and also this one called vitamin c serum which is locally available in the Philippines and I tried this one! The first time I tried this my face glowed and some of my scars lightened. I didn't regret to try this one because it became my new fave. It also minimizes the pores on my face and controls oil.

about 1 month ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 21

Great for addressing hyperpigmentation

Being tan, I'm a lot more prone to getting post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as it's my skin's natural response to combat blemishes. Before starting this I've already tested out the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% from The Ordinary as well and while it did help with texture, it didn't significantly lighten my blemishes. Upon adding the Alpha Arbutin to my routine even just as a spot treatment, I noticed a difference in its effect on my blemishes right away. I still use the Niacinamide + Zinc serum alongside this one, but this is definitely the more effective product in terms of addressing hyperpigmentation. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to use harsher or more difficult to manage active ingredients used to lighten blemishes like retinol or vitamin c, especially since this is paired with hyaluronic acid which works together with alpha arbutin's melanin inhibiting properties to exfoliate your skin. As with any product that is supposed to target dark spots by intervening with your skin's natural melanin production, it's definitely important for anyone using this to wear sunscreen.

4 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena

Brightens the skin!

Bought this for my dark spots brought about by acne. It's been 3 weeks since I started using this. Although I haven't seen noticeable changes on my acne marks, it made my skin clearer as it prevented new zits, especially cystic ones. I still get zits even after using this, but what's really amazing is that the zits are smaller (and fewer) and only lasted for 2-3 days. I also like that it brightens my skin and it's very apparent in the morning. I apply this only at night because I'm scared that it would make my dark spots worse even if I'm wearing sunscreen in the morning. It's quite sticky when you apply so it's important to leave it on for a few minutes before applying your other skin care products. Although I'm quite satisfied with this product, I'd buy and try other products from this brand and see what'll work for my dark spots.

4 months ago