Rated 4.21 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 311 customers New Favorite!
Cj from Arizona
I previously used True Alchemy spot remover for my light sunspots, which worked ok. But The Ordinary, I saw a difference within a few days. Love this product!
Waist of money
Simone from Davenport Florida
I have been using this product for than a month with no result.
Dvdcuin from Reidsville
You really don't need to spend so much on skincare to get amazing results. One of the best products out there
I would definitely buy this product again
Pamela from Connecticut
I love this entire product line. I wash my face every morning and night with the Squalene Cleanser. Then I use the Niacinimide and the Alpha Arbutin with Hyalaronic Acid. It has gone wonders with my hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Oh and the price is affordable. I'm a happy customer.
Cleared Acne Scars
hxpeswrld from Garden City
I do not recommend this for someone with really sensitive skin since it is just a tad bit harsh, but I also recommend you let your skin get used to it and use it in places you need lightening! I use it after breakouts to clear the redness that is left behind and makes my scars go from dark deep red to almost completely gone.
Samantha from Louisiana
It has changed my skin!!! My dark spots are gone. I use as recommended. I follow up with moisturizer to get rid of the sticky feeling it leaves.
Hailey from Maryland
I've been struggling with my skin ever since going off birth control. My skin flared up so badly and nothing worked. Not only did this decrease my blemishes but it also very noticeably faded my dark spots and scarring. Will definitely be buying a second bottle!
NanaPat from Arkansas
Everywhere I applied the lotion it turned my face bright red. I was fine in places that I didn't use the lotion.
Only put on dark spots
Jas from Ohio
A lot of you Are saying that your face looks brighter but your spots are not getting any lighter the serum is working but for it to work for dark spots you need to only put it on the dark spots don't put it on your whole face.
Definitely does it's part
SakiTheKeeper from Nc
As with all skin care routines there are steps to achieving results. This product does a great job at achieving my glowing results along with my other products. You can't beat the price and the results. Paired up with azelaic acid and a vitamin c derivative,you will get a beautiful light complexion with great texture. Don't forget the sunscreen 😉
Easy to use
LisaAnn from Whitewater
Not certain if this product will help with some of the dark spots on my face as I've only been using it for about a week. Based on other reviews it sounds as if it may take some time, which I'm ok with. Keeping fingers crossed it works as the price is right!
Abby from Texas
I have stubborn dark spots on my cheek and I've noticed they've lightened. I've use so many products and expensive ones too. None of then worked as this one did. I'm just about done with the bottle. Definitely going to keep using!
I've used this for 2 years
GlowUp from Wichita
I had really bad hormonal acne on my cheeks in my early 30's. After it was gone it left pink scars on my cheeks that I was incredibly self conscious about. I've used alpha arbutin for 2 years to get rid of the scars and they are no longer visible. I wish I could post before and after photos. I still use because it also makes my skin just look better. I use it once a day and a bottle lasts me 6 months. I use a drop on each cheek and one on my forehead. It's even decreased the visibility of a very old chicken pox scar on my forehead that I've had for 33 years.
Kimmyspeakup from Duluth GA
This is my 2nd bottle my face looks a bit brighter but my hyperpigmentation or darks spots aren't fading, but let's see if by the end of this 2nd bottle that'll change.
Bomb affordable straight to the point product
klarissa from rancho cucamonga
I have this product and the red mask also both work so good
Definitely worth trying
Anwyn from Washington
I put this on every night before bed, sometimes in the morning too. I've been using it for about a month and a half and seen definite improvement. However, it acts slowly and you need to use it for a long time and be consistent. There was one day I didn't use it, and I could tell because my hyperpigmentation spots became redder. Since it's so cheap, it's definitely worth a try. The unfortunate thing about skincare is that everyone's skin is so different, and you won't know if a product works for you until you try it. Please ignore my state in the photos 😂
Angelina from Gainesville, GA
This amazing thing saved my life. My cheeks are hyperpigmented when I use BHA. I was very worried about that. But after 2 weeks of using this, I can see visible results. My cheeks now are no longer dark.
Good for mask acne
Sia j from GWL
I got painful acne because of mask tried so many things nothing worked except this one. 3 weeks and my skin is all clear. Do try it hopefully it won't disappoint you.
Si from Texas
I am truly blessed I found this product! I barley write reviews cause I'm lazy lol but I must boost how good it is. I've been using this serum everyday for 2 weeks and my dark marks have cleared! You have to be constant for it to work. I would give it 5 stars but it's really sticky when it's dries up. It feels like syrup in the face.
This is a lovely face serum!
J. Yang from Wilmington, NC
This is a lovely face serum! Do I notice a huge difference in my dark spots and acne scars? No. But I love how this serum does not irritate my sensitive skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. It is also very affordable, so defiantly work the try!
One of my all time favorites!
Ellie from Ohio
Definitely one of my favorite products out there! I pair it with the ordinary niacinamide and It definitely helps clear up my acne and fade dark spots/ acne scars. I use it at least 1x per day most
usually morning & night! I am repurchasing 100%!
melanieeee from america
THIS MADE MY SKIN CLEAR😫 i put this on at night and after only two days of using it my forehead acne is completely gone!! i also have A LOT of dark acne scars on my cheeks and they are fading and getting lighter. would highly recommend this!!
struggling with dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Maddie from New York
I use this product once and it made me break out a little near my chin. I struggle with hormonal acne and it's been hard to find products to help clear my dark spot, but if you have combination skin I would suggest speaking with a dermatologist.
Did something change?
66Flowers from Spring Hill, Tn
I've been using this product for a couple of years because it seems to be making a difference in my melasma. I just purchased a brand new bottle from my local Ulta store and it's a yellowish brown color. All the other bottles I've bought have been clear like pictured in the description. I'm returning the bottle because I think it may be older. Maybe it was in the heat too long?
Maryrmz from Redlands
Didn't do anything. I've been using the product every night before bed for 2 months and saw no results. I didn't break out thankfully, but it felt so pointless to incorporate this into my everyday night routine only to see no results.