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on 10/11/2018 12:21:00 PM
More reviews by summerseabreeze
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Did this help to lighten my dark patches or acne marks? Unfortunately not! Weird, because I usually respond very well to Arbutin, even at 1% or less, but for some reason didn't with The Ordinary's 2% formula. I did notice the tiniest bit of smoothness in my skin texture (Lactic acid maybe) and my skin didn't feel too dried out, but lightly hydrated using just a few drops of this (possibly down to the Sodium Hyaluronate?). But...I did start to develop red bumps on my cheeks area and chin after continued usage and had to stop. Not one to waste something, I used a couple of drops every night before sleep to try and lighten my dark patchy underarms, however no difference as of yet (week 3 and a half). Keep in mind though that to this day almost no product has been able to lighten them, I think shaving is causing the pigmentation to keep returning and not much I can do about that...seeing as I don't plan to go 'au naturel' anytime soon! Selena x~ My HG list ~(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora) 1. Hair Loss Treatment: â€˜Divine Herbalâ€™ - Hair Oil2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: â€˜Divine Herbalâ€™ - Facial Treatment Serum4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser5. Concealer: â€˜Macâ€™ - Studio Finish Concealer6. Lash Growth Serum: â€˜Divine Herbalâ€™ - Divinelash7. Foundation/SPF: â€˜Juice Beautyâ€™ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)8. Face Scrub: â€˜Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream9. Moisturizer: â€˜Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment
on 7/12/2018 11:04:00 PM
More reviews by Vegakashogi
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
On day 5th, my skin in total break out using this only. I thought it was because of the vitamin c, but tonight im using this only and wake up to see my face even worst! Definitely wonâ€™t repurchase this again !
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 7/10/2018 6:54:00 AM
More reviews by maliciousdelicious
Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Not Sure
I think this is a decent product but you won't see miraculous results. At the same time, it doesn't have any of the side effects of perhaps more effective ingredients like hydroquinone. It has a good texture and is absorbed easily. Nice packaging although I wish The Ordinary had some variation in their bottles. I have so many products that it gets quite confusing.
on 5/29/2018 7:03:00 PM
More reviews by Jamgurl
Skin: Normal, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Great price but the claims for brightening are just not true. This did nothing for the acne spots on my dark tan skintone (nc42). I have used the whole bottle and nothing. It felt moisturizing, like a water based mask, its clear and quite slippery, but thats it.
Packaging is in the form of a dropper which I like as its hygenic.
If your skin is already clear and you want a boost this may work, but if you are looking for real results to clear spots, this is not it.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 4/16/2018 8:15:00 PM
More reviews by alina83
Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
I've been using this for a week in conjunction with the Ordinary's Azelaic Acid. I don't have a lot of skin issues, no acne or scars except a dusting of hyper pigmentation from sun exposure (I live in the tropics). Anyways so far after one week of use I can see the brown spots under my eye fading a bit. Got one for my mom (sun spots run in the family). Would repurchase.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 3/30/2018 1:28:00 AM
More reviews by slc
Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
Iâ€™ve used two bottles of this. It lightened and brightened my overall complexion, but on my darkest trouble spot, it has only had a minimal effect. Still it worked better than a prescription hydroquinone cream that my derm gave me â€” I used that for a year with no results whatsoever. I think itâ€™s a good product, but donâ€™t expect miracles. I used it in conjunction with the Vit C suspension, which I think also helped to lighten my skin. I had no irritation or breakouts. It absorbed well, and I used it as the first product on clean skin. Iâ€™m going to skip this for a month or so while I try some of The Ordinaryâ€™s stronger acids and peels.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 2/18/2018 3:10:00 PM
More reviews by GirlieReview
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
I saw this product recommended to fade hyperpigmentation and decided to give it a try. I've used half a bottle and I have seen some results as far as lightening pigmentation, however, the hyaluronic acid in the mix is definitely more of a problem for me than a help. It's winter right now and the climate in which I live is very dry. Add that to my very dry skin and the HA ends up pulling what little moisture I have out of my skin. So I'm going to shelve this until the humidity returns in the summer.Aside from the dryness caused by the HA, this didn't cause any problems for me. I don't have sensitive or acne prone skin, so ymmv.I also think I may try a dedicated hyroqinone product, rather than alpha arbutin, which has to be metabolized into HQ in the skin.I don't think this is a bad product, but I it's not blowing me away, and the hyaluronic acid in the winter is a problem for me.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 12/12/2017 8:52:00 PM
More reviews by paulawarner12
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
My skin didn't like this product at all. It broke me out every time I tried to use it.
on 12/10/2017 3:35:00 AM
More reviews by jackz7510
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse
I looked up a lot of reviews before purchasing this serum and based off those, the product seems meh when it comes to its promise in fading away hyperpigmentation. However, I still wanted to try it anyway since Iâ€™ve tried so many things to fade away past acne marks (AHAs, BHAs, niacinamide, vitamin c etc) and none of them made a huge difference. THIS HAS. Iâ€™ve been using this alongside The Ordinaryâ€™s rosehip oil for about 4 months now and both of those combined has helped my PIH fade away so much quicker. I could already see the difference in my acne marks with the rosehip oil alone, but they faded away faster with this serum. My acne marks used to take 3-4 months to fade away just 50% of the way. But now, 1-2 weeks is enough for me to see a 50% fading of my acne marks. By a month or two, the marks are completely gone! Bonus is this hasnâ€™t broken me out either, so it isnâ€™t undoing any of the work itâ€™s done by giving me more acne and therefore more acne marks. My bottle is more than halfway done and I really donâ€™t wanna have to repurchase soon, but when that time comes Iâ€™ll be doing just that.I know this hasnâ€™t worked out with everybody but if youâ€™re desperate to fade away any unwanted marks and youâ€™re curious about this product, I think itâ€™s worth a try. The good thing about this serum is itâ€™s cheap so if it doesnâ€™t work, at least you didnâ€™t spend too much on it.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 12/5/2017 8:30:00 AM
More reviews by CatE28
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
I have to admit that I'm writing this because I'm annoyed that it is assumed that pigmentation that took years to develop will all disappear in the course of one bottle. It's not Instant Magic Fairy Dust (TM) - but for me what it is is effective when you commit for the long haul. I've now used this in conjunction with TO's Niacinamide and MAP daily for the last 8-9 months and my hyperpigmentation on my forehead and cheeks has considerably lightened and keeps improving. It's the first thing I use each morning and I will continue with it for the foreseeable future! My skin now looks way more even, and I'm way more confident even without makeup these days. Hurrah for no longer looking dappled!
7 of 7 people found this helpful.
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