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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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  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 41

good to alternate with niacinamide as a daytime serum

As with the other The Ordinary products, this does not disappoint. I have been looking for a serum to alternate with the Niacinamide for everyday daytime use. I now use Niacinamide to control oil and blemishes and Alpha Arbutin as spot treatment and dark spot fader. No side effects for me - no irritation, no redness and stinging. Just the good stuff. In just 2 weeks, post-acne marks have disappeared. This now forms part of my TO daytime regimen daytime.

about 2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Age 29

Very extra ORDINARY

Im using this product for 1 month now, it is very fast-absorbing which you can use after toning and before your favorite moisturizer and sunblock with at least SPF30. It made my face look more clearer and brighter after a week of usage. I really love this product. Very fast delivery that why I want to give 6 more stars to BeautyMNL and to this very extra ORDINARY product which brings me the very extra ORDINARY results. Thank you very much! A Happy customer here.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 40


The serum works ok. The ordinary serums all are very similar seems like. I think its good for its price but I don’t love it. Try using it with other essences or moisturizers and might help more. Overall the serums works good and its bang for the money. Worth a try!

3 months ago
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.

3 months 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.

4 months 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. :)

4 months ago

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