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The Ordinary

Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%


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Key Ingredient: Vitamin C

Helps treat: Uneven tone, dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Feels like: An oil-like serum that absorbs easily

Recommended for: This brightening and unifying serum is suitable for sensitive skin

Address the signs of ageing on the skin with The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin, a powerful serum designed to promote a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.

Formulated with 8% ascorbic acid, a form of pure vitamin C, the serum delivers antioxidant protection while helping reduce the visible signs of ageing and enhancing radiance. Blended with 2% alpha arbutin, a biosynthetic active that works to minimise the appearance of uneven skin tone and dark spots, it helps promote a smoother, brighter complexion.

The water-free formula of The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin helps maximise the stability of the ingredients and impart a radiantly youthful glow.

Key Benefits

  • Water-free formula to maximise stability
  • Cruelty-free
  • Helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Works to minimise the appearance of dark spots
  • Promotes a more even skin tone
  • Free from alcohol, oil and silicone
  • Suitable for all skin types

SKU# UK200029797


Apply a few drops to face in the AM and PM as part of your skincare regimen. Avoid use around eyes. Use sun protection in the AM.

If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children.

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23 Reviews


Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews


Reviews: 1

Age: Under 30

Skin Type:: Dry

Do you have sensitive skin?: Yes

Usage?: Once per day

Recommends this product: Yes

November 24 2022


Love this product I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my skin since using this. My hyperpigmentation has improved in appearance greatly I would definitely recommend this to someone like myself who isn’t a skin care expert. I use this daily and have seen no faults in it so far.

Best Use: Treat Pigmentation / Dark Spots, Hydrating, Uneven Skin Texture


Reviews: 12

Recommends this product: Yes

November 18 2022

Another gem!

This is another great product from the ordinary range. An absolute gem to be honest. This is one of many product that has helped me even out my skin tone and help reduce my hyperpigmentation and dark spots. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s quite thick on the skin.


Location: India

Reviews: 24

Age: 30-45

Skin Type:: Combination

Do you have sensitive skin?: No

Usage?: Once per day

November 09 2022

Very Oily and cause burning

My oily to combination skin feels more heavy or greasy after using it. Although my skin is not sensitive, I have found that when I apply it immediately to my face, it results in redness and burning. I would not advise using it on oily or sensitive skin because it also has a mild warming feeling when you first apply it. And even if you don't fall into two of these categories, I still wouldn't suggest it because, despite taking it for about a month, I haven't noticed any improvement in my skin's brightness or hyperpigmentation.

Best Use: Treat Pigmentation / Dark Spots


Location: Bahrain

Reviews: 1

Age: 30-45

Skin Type:: Combination

Recommends this product: Yes

August 11 2022


It is a very affordable whitening serum. But i would say not for beginners. If you never used vitamin c, try alpha arbutin seoarate or combine with niacinamide and get yourself another vitamin c serum to use in alternate time of day. Or start with just 1-2 drops over clean dry skin

Best Use: Hyperpigmentation, Uneven Skin Texture, Brightening


Location: Tunbridge wells

Reviews: 1

Age: 30-45

Skin Type:: Combination

Recommends this product: Yes

August 07 2022

Great product at and perfect price point

If you like no frills effective skin care this is for you. I use this in the morning after cleansing and before moisturising. I had some pigmentation for past ache and I feel this has really helped to even out my complexion and gives an all round healthy glow to start the day. I have combination skin and although this product is oily it doesn’t increased the oiliness of your skin or bring my sensitive skin out in any spots or rashes.

Best Use: Uneven Skin Tone, Redness, Hyperpigmentation, Uneven Skin Texture

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