Rated 4.23 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review GAME CHANGER!!!!!!
WHEN I SAY THIS IS A GAME CHANGER I AM NOT JOKING!! I have combo skin that tends to be more dry. And I have very sensitive skin but this product has not gave me any problems. I have rosacea too just for more information on my skin. I bought this product out of desperation because I had developed severe acne scars caused my chronic cystic hormonal acne. Backstory... I never had acne as a teen, maybe one big pimple twice a year but otherwise nothing....then I turned 21 and my skin totally changed. I started getting horrid cystic acne only on the right side of my jaw during that time of the month. Before you think why didn't she just get birth control? Well I didn't because birth control is actually extremely bad for you according to the research I have done. Anyway the cysts would get so big and red that it was embarrassing and then it would take weeks to calm down. Because it took weeks to even begin to get smaller and redder in size, by the time this was happening I was again getting that wonderful monthly visitor and they would get set off all over again. And on top of that I would get more acne... again only on one side of my jaw. So finally I decided to try this product after trying everything else on my period mind you. At first I thought for the price that it would not work and it would just be another product that sits on my shelf before I throw it out. HOWEVER I WAS SO WRONG. Within 2 days my red cystic acne was gone!!!!! I wish I had my before and after photos to show because I am not kidding!! I was shook and it got rid of my old acne scars within a week. i cannot even see them now. I use this every morning and the niacinamide and zinc at night. The overall coloring and pigmentation of my skin has never been better and I could not be happier with this product.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for me. Preservative they use causes dermatitis.
I tried a few Ordinary products -- they look very promising with the active ingredients and low cost. Unfortunately, this product and several others from this brand contain Chlorphenesin, a preservative. Now, preservatives are necessary and for most people Chlorphenesin is ok, so I'm not knocking this brand for using it. However it is a known irritant/allergen for a subset of people, and indeed I found out I had a dermatitis reaction (irritation, redness, bumps... cleared up a few days after I stopped using this), which I'm 99% sure was because of the Chlorphenesin. I am particularly sensitive to things -- especially as I used to work as a chemist and got accidentally exposed to sensitizing chemicals that make my skin "hyper aware" -- but heads-up. This product and several others from the Ordinary may not be good for other people who have sensitive skin, eczema issues, or are trying to figure out why their skin is unhappy.
Reviewed by 161 customers Obsessed - going to continue to buy!
Lauren the Beauty Researcher from Beverly Hills, CA
I am -obsessed- with this product. I began introducing it to my skincare routine at night and I am so grateful I did. My acne scaring has dramatically improved over a month!! I swear by this product, especially when layered with The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%.
ihateithere from wyoming
hasn't really helped with my dark spots pigmentation. only thing it's done is make my skin peel?? and i use spf with it everyday so yeah idk what to do 😐 my skin doesn't break out or peel ever so idk why it's doing this.
Wouldn't buy again :(
Pshep from Seattle
I bought this product to use in place of my niacinamide because I heard this was more effective in clearing pigment scarring. A few days into using it and I have small red dots all over my cheeks. They don't look like normal pimples and some are painful. I would not recommend this for someone with sensitive skin
Good brand and product
Millie from New Hampshire
I haven't been using this long so I haven't seen results yet. I have sensitive skin so I was worried it would irritate but it feels great!
Britney from LA
Used the entire bottle and saw no changes
My face hurts
Jess from South Georgia
I know that results take time but oh boy. I only used this product for a week before throwing it away. I used as directed and my face burned every time. I had to sit in front of a fun to try and stop the burning. I had really high hopes but this just is not the product for me.
MoniA15 from Chicago,IL
Wow! Why haven't i used this product way before now?! This product is amazing, I do use a turmeric soap also but the Alpha Arburtin has taken my skin care to another level and it will be a staple in my skin care routine!!!
Great as usual!
NE from Dubuque, Ia
Ali from Raytown, MO
After about 2 weeks of using this product, I've also been using glycolic acid 7% toning and the caffeine solution 5% + EGCG, I've already seen some changes.
awesome from california
This product is much better than any other product! definitely recommend:) it's my second bottle and i love the results.
I would buy this magic product again
Ed from Pensylvannia
I have no words to describe this product. This product got rid of my acne dark spots leaving an even tone on my skin. My mother has used this product and recommended it to me. She had severe melasma and this product is working so well that her melasma is disappearing. I have been using this for two weeks and the results are extraordinary. The price, the price is amazing. The Ordinary is legit.
Absolutely fabulous for the price - Seeing results in 1 week
Reb from OR
I've used this product as directed 2 x a day and have started to see & feel the difference in my skin. I am fair with freckles and A LOT of sun spots. This has started fading the large sun spots to the point they don't show through with make-up.
I would love to buy these product again
Chesca from Buffalo
The best for dark spot
Love this - it works to lighten
JerseyGirl from Phila, PA
I do buy this product again and again! It's great at keeping the red marks from residual acne flare ups at a minimum. instead of months to fade away, it's only weeks. I also like the consistency of this - spreads easily and is somewhat hydrating. it has become a staple.
I love it
Christie from Houston
It works! I've only used it for 4 days but I can see my spots getting lighter.
So far so good
Momo from New Orleans
My friend who is a dermatologist recommended for my sunspots. Haven't had any new one pop up and the ones I already have are lightening
Sandy from san jose
it caused acne i didn't have before. my face burns with small pimples and large red splotches all over.
Honestly just makes my skin feel amazing
Amanda from Illinois
This being used in conjunction with niacinamide products is awesome for acne scarring or hyper pigmentation. But honestly it just makes my skin feel amazing
I would to buy this product again
Jenny's joining from 🇺🇸
I'm satisfied with the product!... Recommend to everyone to try it
great brightening agent!
Jareen from MD - Maryland
I lovee this! bought my second bottle and even got one for my mom. I often had some sensitivity to Vitamine C and the products would oxidize very quickly. I can't use hydroquinone because its too intese and you often need a prescription. This is a great natural alternative to hydroquinone. While I do sometimes vit C I mostly use this to get did of my spots and it works great. you can use this day or night and the hylaironoc acid does a great job of hydrating the skin ( which for me does decrease sensitivity) vit C often makes my skin dry but this does not.
If I could give 4.5 stars, I would.
Emmylemons from Cleveland, Ohio.
So I gave the product 5 stars because 4 stars felt like too little, however this product is not quite 5 star material for me.
So the product is pretty great. Nice smell, not too strong, moisturizing, didn't break me out, etc. etc. However, seeing as it is meant to reduce dark spots, I do have to say it isn't quite top notch. I've been using the product for a couple of months now pretty consistently and it has definitely helped even out my general skin tone a ton! However, it really hasn't done much as far as my actual dark spots and acne scars go, at least not that I have noticed. Still definitely worth trying especially considering the price range. I will keep using!
I would buy it again!
Lily from Orlando Fl
Helps with dark spots!
It takes time have patience
Kim from PA
I've been using this for two months now and have definitely seen an improvement. It's important to note that it takes time for you to see results from alpha arbutin. Thankfully I made my research before buying it.
Chisaki from Ventura
It's really really good, doesn't sting or anything and it's really helped my dark spots and tone of my skin only thing is I really don't like the smell but everything is super good getting ready to buy my 3rd bottle
I guess the ordinary is not for me
Al-ii from New York
I just don't think the ordinary is for me I started using this serum a few days ago hoping it would top up my skin that had already made drastic improvements I just wanted my scars gone and this has given me MORE breakouts to worry about, their niacinamide serum did the same the ordinary is just not for me it's so saddening that I have to again worry about breakouts that were gone just a few days ago