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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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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Age 25


Okay! So this is the third product that I bought from the TO brand to clear up my pesky acne scars. I bought this coz ya know - clearer skin is in! I used this AM and PM (but sunscreen is a must especially if you put this on your face in the AM) texture is sticky but after 5 mins in turns a bit matte. After almost 4 weeks of using this product I noticed that it didn’t do much on my skin and every night that I used this I would wake up with tiny pimples on my cheek area. Still giving this a try though perhaps its like expelling the acne from the inside of my skin. But for now, its not as great (actually this is the least of my favorites as the other TO products like: Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, And Rose Hip Oil.

8 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Age 26

Best cocktail I’ve tried yet

Can’t say too much since I’ve only started trying and using The Ordinary products for a few days. After cleansing and light toner (alcohol free) I mixed a few drops of this and a few drops of the niacinamide + zinc and dabbed (don’t rub or wipe because the niacinamide +zinc has a tendency to foam up) it into my face. Let it absorb until dry, then locked it all in with a rose hip oil. I woke up the next morning to find the giant under the skin cystic pimple I had on my chin (which I wasn’t expecting to leave for another few weeks) was completely gone. I felt a slight dryness where the bump used to be but that’s it. I think As long as you stay hydrated, this stuff works miracles.

21 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 29

Current part of my nightly routine

I have used 2 bottles of this Alpha Arbutin one in about a year. I stopped using it around October last year after I finished the first one because it (together with the TO Niacinamide +Zinc) broke me out. They were big and cystic. I was adamant to buy a second bottle when I was in Korea but I thought of giving it a second chance. Thru experimenting with my available skin care products, I found out it was best for me to only use it at night (I used to use it both day and night). I do not mix these two (Arbutin and Niacinamide) with my other thick creams except my eye cream. This is why I use a different set in the morning. After this, I noticed my skin brightened in general. Now that I am nearing my 30s, I have come to accept that my scars take a longer time to fade. It also helped in my hyperpigmentation.. noticeably! But none on my obvious large pores. I might have to find a different product for this. Overall. Good partner for the TO Niacinamide. :)

about 1 month ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 22

Takes time to see evident results

One thing about this product is that it really takes time to see evident results as with other serums. Make sure you apply a hydrating essence first because I feel like it really does enhance the absorption capability of everything you put after essence. I use cosrx snail 96 power essence and I layer it about 3 times in the morning and 7 times at night. I have a stubborn hyperpigmentation from a pimple 8 months ago on my left cheek and since I started using this it did lighten that area evidently but not to the point where it already disappeared.

about 2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 23

Really great!!

It keeps my skin hydrated. I usually pair it with TO’s niacinamide when I’m not using the granactive retinoid. It doesn’t pill up and it’s easily absorbed by the skin!! Sometimes I use this in the morning, most times I use it at night. It depends on whether I’m using the TO’s ascorbic acid.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 22

its effective but u have to use it everyday

i learned that alpha arbutin’s effect is not permanent. it prevents us from getting pigmentation and also treat pigmentation. but once we stop using it, our pigmentation will start coming back. Thats what i heard. and that alpha arbutin and arbutin are different. if u see product with only arbutin, its not as effective as it claims. so i got this on jan 31 and currently using until now (march 10). im using it day and night everyday. i only have like half of the bottle. i can use it with any of my 3 skincare routines 1. alpha arbutin 2. niacinamide 3. resveratrol + ferulic acid 1. alpha arbutin 2. resveratrol + ferulic acid 3. vit c 23 % 1. alpha arbutin 2. niacinamide 3. resveratrol + ferulic acid 4. retinol 0.5 % i have like 5 dark marks now from pimple and actually to begin with after the pimple dried, my marks are already faded in color. like normally it takes to week for my vit c to bring my dark marks to get to this color. but of course im also using the above mentioned products all from the ordinary. but the thing here is only alpha arbutin and resveratrol is what im using day and night and evryday.

2 months ago

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