Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

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Quick Product Notes
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EU Allergen-Free
Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Safe
Minimal Ingredients

Notable Effects & Ingredients

Brightening from 1 Ingredient(s):

Anti-Aging from 1 Ingredient(s):
Lactic Acid

Promotes Wound Healing from 1 Ingredient(s):
Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate

Ingredients Related to Skin Types
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Dry Skin
Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
Sensitive Skin

Ingredient Safety Breakdown (EWG Health Ratings)

  • Low Risk
  • Moderate Risk
  • High Risk
  • Unknown

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Product Ingredient List

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EWG CIR Ingredient Name & Cosmetic Functions Notes
(Skin Conditioning, Antioxidant)
Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6
(Viscosity Controlling, Emulsion Stabilising)
Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate
(Skin Conditioning)
Promotes Wound Healing
Promotes Wound Healing
Good for Dry Skin
Good for Dry Skin
(Solvent, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Decreasing Agent)

Latest User Reviews

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Not a fan at all
Skin Type: oily Skin
Skin Concerns: Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), Acne, Fungal Acne (Malassezia), Large Pores, Uneven Skin Tone, Whiteheads/Closed Comedones

I feel like i haven't had much luck with the ordinary despite how hyped it is. My mum bought this for herself and i decided to try it for myself one day, as i am still searching for the perfect product to take care of my hyperpigmentation. After using it only ONCE at night, it gave me cystic acne and i only every get cystic acne if a product disagrees with me. Never using this ever again.

Skin Type: oily Skin
Skin Concerns: Acne, Blackheads, Fungal Acne (Malassezia), Sensitive Skin, Whiteheads/Closed Comedones

I used this product for about 3 months but unfortunately did not see any difference in my acne scars. I think it did help brighten my overall skin tone a bit but nothing to write home about.
PROS: Nice texture, sinks into skin very fast and dries down like nothing, doesn't break me out.
CONS: doesn't do anything for acne scars.

A nice product but did not do much for my skin
Skin Type: dry Skin
Skin Concerns: Anti-Aging (Fine lines & Wrinkles), Dehydrated Skin, Uneven Skin Tone

My thoughts on The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA.

The product comes in a nice cardboard box, simple and clean.
The packaging is nice. It has a frosted glass bottle with a dropper which makes it easy to apply the proper amount of product on your skin. It is not a fancy bottle but I did not expect anything else and I love that there are directions on the bottle as well.

This is a really lightweight serum. It is clear and on the thicker side but really easy to apply and melts as soon as it gets in contact with your skin. There is no added fragrance to the product, but there is some scent. I do prefer my products to be without scent it suits me perfectly.

After applying it penetrates really fast to my skin and it does leave a little stickiness, but that stickiness doesn’t last. It is really gentle to my skin and doesn’t make my skin drier (which is usually a huge problem for me).

As for the results
I am simply not impressed. I did not see or feel any difference on my skin at all. I do not have any acne scars so I won’t be able to provide any information on that part, but I do have age spots, hyper pigmentation and redness and I was expecting to see some difference at least.

I will not diss this product completely since I do feel that there are reasons for it not working on my skin. For one, I have been using these types of products for a long time. Missha time revolution first treatment essence (which worked amazingly on my skin), C-vitamin serums and many others. So, it might be that I reached the level to what I can do on that part.
Another reason might be that I simply need to test it out for a longer period of time. I have finished the whole bottle before writing this review but some products simply need longer time.

If you are not using the Korean skincare routine, I do think you need to test it out your self to really know if it any good for your skin. If you are following the Korean routine and already implement this type of product I would not change the one you are using for this (if it is working for you that is).

The serum is cheap which makes it possible for everybody to try out. And the whole idea of this brand is amazing. Even though my experience is not wow, and I probably won’t buy more products than the once I already own. I do feel it is an option for everybody but I would not exchange this for my Korean products.