Rated 4.16 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Works fast to brighten!
I have a lot of sun spots, sun damage and acne scars especially on my cheeks and nose. I was using TO's Ascorbyl Glucoside but after several bottles I realized it was doing absolutely nothing. After switching to this AA/AA I've seen more results in two weeks than I ever did with the Ascorbyl Glucoside. My spots are definitely lighter, and my face looks brighter. My skin looks more even, too. I've been really happy with my complexion, especially since I'm staying home and not wearing makeup. I've been able to see the results. I will definitely continue using it.
However, this is not a perfect product. The solution is very "oily" and it doesn't absorb quickly, even if I only use a little bit (I have oily/combo skin). Putting a light moisturizer on top does help absorption a little, but my face still feels slick for hours. Because of that, I would not recommend it for AM use if you wear makeup daily. I don't see makeup staying on well on top of this product. It's not an issue for me right now, because I'm not putting on foundation daily. When I do go back to regular life, I would only use this at night. It also conflicts with a lot of other actives that I use, like niacinamide and peptides, so I have to use it with just a moisturizer, nothing else. (I works really well w/ TO's Natural Moisturizing Factors). I also notice small red bumps on the lower part of my cheeks if I use it too many days in a row. They aren't all that noticeable and go away when I stop using the product for a few days.
Most Helpful Critical Review I tried, I really tried.
I tried, I really tried to like this product, but I just couldn't get past the texture. It has a slick, oily feeling and it never seems to absorb, no matter how little you use. I have moderately oily skin. This formula also has a bit of a nutty smell, which I didn't mind. I applied this product at night before bed and I had no bad reaction. The first couple of times using this product, I noticed my skin had a slight pink "glow" (surely from the Ascorbic Acid), and my face looked normal in the morning. After using up the entire the bottle, I didn't see any noticeable change in my skin. Perhaps, it takes longer, consistent use, but I just can't repurchase this because I dislike the texture so much. I prefer to enjoy products I apply to my face as much as possible. Great price, good ingredients, but I think it needs more ingredients to be stable, effective, and enhance the texture.
Reviewed by 117 customers Gave my face patterned redness
Aliyah from Miami
Everyone I applied it was red. I liked the texture and smell but I won't be using this. I look like boiling water was poured on my face. I have sensitive skin but products like glycolic acid never bothered me so I didn't think I would read to this. Oh well.
Michelle from United States
I understand fragrance in skincare is not ideal, but they should really do something so that the formula doesn't smell so awful. Literally smells like something is burning on my face. I had to stop using it.
Nessa from California
Love this. It's been helping fade scars and brighten up some dark spots. Doest break me out and makes my skin feel so soft.
Blushdiva from Azusa
Works the same as my $166 bottle. Will continue to buy.
Love Vitamin C
Debbie from Atlanta
I have been using this product for 1 month. I love how vitamin C brightens the look of my dull, aging skin. I bought this particular product hoping it would fade age spots, but so far nothing. It goes on feeling a little tacky. This can be alleviated by cleansing with warm water which will also open your pores. Pat dry, then while skin is still moist and warm apply the product. Wait about 60 seconds before applying the next step in your routine. I found that my moisturizer helped with any remaining stickiness. I had a burning sensation on first use so I used waited 3 days before applying again. Felt a little stinging so I waited another 3 days before the third application, then every other day after that. I have other products that I use in the off days.
I would buy this product again I love it
Snow white from Florida
Love the product started using the whole Ordinary skin line product love each and every Friday can't say enough about it super inexpensive love it
Helped my mom with dark spots
RapLuver45 from California
My mom got dark spots on her forehead and cheek area from pregnancies. after using this for a few weeks , her face lightened up so much and she's beyond happy to finally have found something that brightened her face after countless products.
I'm in love with this product
sage from Usa
Completely changed my skin. My overall texture is better . I'm glowing . My acne scars are fading
Works well with eczema
Happy Skin from Las Vegas, Nevada
I noticed how good a friend's (who has constant eczema flare-ups), skin looked, and she told me it was because of The Ordinary hyaluronic acid and ascorbic acid, so I bought some. I mix a dab of Eucerin advanced repair cream, with a drop of The Ordinary hyaluronic acid and a drop of the ascorbic acid in my hand and apply it all over. My skin was very dry and cracked, with fine lines, and I occasionally have eczema flare-ups. I used to mix the Eucerin with Vaseline in my hands or eczema ointment and apply it all over. But now, I no longer have to apply Vaseline or ointment with cream, and my skin looks and feels and looks so much better.
Kate from Wisconsin
I love this! I used the purito sunscreen last summer and freckled more than usual. This has definitely helped fade my dark spots and brighten my complexion. It is a bit sticky, but I let it sink in while I brush my teeth and hair. After applying moisturizer, the tacky feeling goes away. I use this every morning. My skin type is combination and I'm in my mid twenties.
Didn't work for me:(
Nina from St. Louis
I really wanted to like this because I love the Ordinary's products. Unfortunately, I've used this on and off about 4 times and every time it has given me tiny small red bumps. Due to this, I also haven't been able to see any results. This seems like a promising product for some people, but it wasn't for me. I have semi-sensitive, combination skin.
Love this product!
Ray from Texas
I suffer from cystic acne and acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Because the consistency is similar to oil, I was worried this would cause me to breakout. However, it is NOT formulated with oil! It keeps me hydrated and worried-free for my acne prone skin. Love it! The only thing that kind of bothers me is that it feels kind of oily on the skin, but because I have dry skin on my cheeks, it hydrates and keeps me moisturized throughout the day. When rubbed into the hands, it warms up. Remember to patch-test before applying to face.
Such smooth skin!
Kristen from Michigan
I absolutely love this product! After two uses my cheeks feel like a baby's bottom.
Weird "Burnt" nauseating smell
Onecooldude from San Jose, CA
I have been using this fabulous serum for years and loving it because it's effective and has NO Smell as they mentioned in the product description. but recently this serum has this weird "burnt" smell that smell so bad I just can't put it on my face and felt nauseating! Why change the formula? why adding or what cause this weird smell? it used to be odorless !
Don't forget to use sunscreen!!
Mia from Greensboro, NC
I've been looking for a product to help with my acne scars. I heard Vitamin C would help. I've been using this for about 2 weeks now and i'm already noticing a difference. Make sure to use sunscreen after you put it in though! The sunscreen also helped my acne scars.
Good for vitamin c newbies
TO JUNKIE from The face above my body
I use the vitamin c powder and alpha arbutin as my vit c serum. I figured this product would help when I'm in a pinch and can't really mix my ingredients together. It's a different consistency since it's oil based so it definitely doesn't have the same sticky feeling. It is less potent though. I didn't really notice much result in my dark spots but for someone just interested in the protection from free radicals and other good stuff vit c protects you from then this might be really good for you. I do love the moisture it gives my skin and even mix it with my moisturizer sometimes(before spf in the morning) when I feel a bit dry and it's great.
Cass from Oklahoma
A little goes A LONG WAY. It does temporarily leave you with a greasy face, but by noon my face is glowing and looks so good. I use this almost every morning (some days I give my skin a break from some products) and for the price it's amazing and I'll repurchase. I've used Vitamin C creams but the serum has a more drastic effect in my opinion!
Linda T. from Florida
Just been using this a short time. I'm 41 and noticed my skin texture changing. I noticed results from the first few times I used it and keeps it getting better. I'm in LOVE. Will definitely buy again.
Took some time
RDB21 from Sacramento, CA
I've been ditching all other skin care products and primarily using CeraVe and The Ordinary. I have combination skin, clogged pores, acne scars and hyperpigmentation. I've used Niacinamide and the Peeling Solution and saw good results. However, I wanted something to help brighten my skin and clear up dark spots/scars. I started using this product at night, on it's own and only used moisturizer right after. It goes on oily, but not terrible. The first 2-3 weeks, I experienced breakouts on my chin and cheeks that I hadn't seen in a long time, otherwise no irritation. I pushed through it thinking if it didn't stop after a month, I would stop using it. I'm glad I waited!! The breakouts eventually calmed down and I see the dark spots on my cheeks lessening. I've started getting compliments that it looks like I'm wearing foundation when I'm not... the best!
I think this is worth a shot! It's helped clear up my skin.
Didn't really do anything
Ryan from San Jose, CA
I used this consistently for about 2 months and its done nothing. My skin looks the same as it did before I started using it and if anything I have more blackheads than I did before (and this is the only thing that I changed in my skincare routine). It's pretty oily and takes about 30 minutes to really absorb.
Great for someone getting into Vit C
srpskin from Ohio
I really like this Vitamin C. Wish it was higher in percentage like 10-15. You do have to be super consistent with it to notice a difference. I love that it has Alpha Arbutin. It does have a metal scent to it which kinda bothers me but it is tolerable.
Oily skin from Florida
I won't say it's perfect but I'm buying it again which means it's not that bad. After using it for a while, people say they notice my face clearing up a lot. It could also be because I'm drinking more water now.
Vero from Louisiana
My skin looked brighter and more even in just a couple of days. It does have a smell, but I don't even mind because of the benefits. Worth buying!
Raya from Pennsylvania
This product has worked so well for the dark spots from ingrown hairs. I use it in tandem with retinol and they started to fade within a week. I did experience some irritation (dry/red skin), even though I don't typically have sensitive skin, but it goes away with moisturizer and it may have been heightened because of the use of retinol as well. I recommend this product, just make sure to spot test!
Rosacea and Hyperpigmentation
Elle from Virginia
i have extremely sensitive skin almost middle aged skin. Its combination and rosacea. Also very oily in some areas and very dry in other. I have hyperpigmentation and a few scars. i was in the middle of a flare up at the beginning of winter. Dry patches on my forhead and lots of hyper pigmentation on nose and cheeks. it was extremely uncomfortable to say the least. i needed to repair my skin barrior. I decided trying this couldnt hurt matters. it smells not very pleasant. It did burn a bit at first but not near closely as bad as most products would. i then put my typical night cream ontop of it. The discomfort ended. about an hour after putting this on my fsce began to clear. 4 hours later there was a gaint improvement. Within the next 48 hours after 2 uses my skin was what i like to call normal skin colored. the hyper pigmentation was gone. comparatively to other products ive tried this one works the best for daytime use. i would definitely not use this without also putting on face cream. the smell is also then very bareable. The only other time ive seen hyper pigmentation disappear that fast was with a retinol. i have yet to use a retinol at night and use this during the day but i imagine thst would be the ideal for my face. i recommend giving this a try.
Im giving it a 4 because the smell is pretty bad at first but the benefits of use outweight the smell for me.