The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin Reviews. Reviews by the Moderators of the Facebook Group and the Deciem Addicts. This page also includes;
- What is The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin and what does it do?
- When and how do I use Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin?
- Which products can I and cannot use with this product?
- Reviews by the Moderators & Deciem Addicts
- FAQS for Ascorbic acid & Alpha Arbutin
- Prices: 10€ | 10$CAD | 10$US | 17$AUD | 10GBP
What is Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin & What Does It Do?
This formula combines two of the most powerful brightening agents in skincare: pure Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin.
- Brightens skin tone
- Reduces Signs of Ageing
- Reduces the look of dark spots
- Evens skin tone
Deciem´s simple explanation. Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% combines two of the most powerful brightening agents in skincare; pure Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and Alpha Arbutin. Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin are less stable in formulations that contain water and use of them combined in formulations containing water is highly discouraged, which is why this format is anhydrous and may feel oily for a few seconds after application. Like its counterparts, this shouldn’t be used alongside Niacinamide, peptides or EUK 134. We recommend applying after water-based serums, before oils and creams.
How & When Do I use Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin?
This can be used in the morning and or evening. This is an anhydrous solution and you would apply this after water-based products. If you are using creams and oils, apply this before. You should avoid using this product around the eyes and always use sun protection in the AM. Patch testing is highly recommended!
Which product can and can´t be used with Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin?
Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin shouldn ´t be used in the same routine as;
- Peptides – Buffet, Matrixyl, Buffet + Copper & Argireline
- Whilst not listed as a conflict on their regimen page, Deciem also advise to avoid using in the same regimen as Direct Acids and Retinols to avoid irritation.
- The Ordinary Products you can and cannot mix.
The Deciem regimen page only lists Niacinamide and EUK 134 as conflicts, but this is pure vitamin c and shouldn´t be used in the same routine as peptides.
Deciem says: Like its counterparts, this shouldn’t be used alongside Niacinamide, peptides or EUK 134.Deciem. Deciem also recommends avoiding retinol, direct acids and pure vitamin c in the same routine to avoid irritation, especially if you are new to Vitamin C. However, if you have been using them with no issues, you can continue.
Reviews of Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin
You can find lots more reviews in the Facebook Group. Here´s the Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin thread where you can leave your own reviews.
Nia @niapattenlooks says: It’s nice. Really warming, has an oily texture but sinks in nicely. I personally have an issue with Vit C as it gives me acne.
I just love this product 😍 and have been using for 7 days. My hyperpigmentation has already have gone around my lip area. Just love this product 😇.
I love it! I use it in the morning, after toner, leave for a few minutes to absorb into the skin and after that serum, moisturiser and SPF. My pores get smaller and some dark hyperpigmentation spots are almost gone!
At night I now use this because I don’t have time in the morning to let this absorb before I put on my makeup.
I have noticed significant fading of old acne scars, and quicker fading of new scars and mix it with Rose hips seed oil and NMF at night, about an hour before I go to bed. I use it 3-4 times a week.
FAQS Answered By Deciem
These FAQS have been asked on Social Media and answered by Deciem themselves.
It says that The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin shouldn’t combine in a formulation containing water. Should I change my moisturiser if it´s water-based? The note regarding Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin being less stable in formulations that contain water refers to the actual product itself, not the products it’s layered with. Using a water-based moisturizer is completely fine.
Is Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin suitable for pregnant and nursing moms? While each ingredient has been tested and is considered safe for topical application, DECIEM products have not been tested on pregnant or breastfeeding women. We suggest consulting with our full ingredients list and your physician to be absolutely sure.
Do you recommend alternating Glycolic Acid Toner & Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin on different nights? Would Niacinamide be okay after Glycolic Acid Toner? Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% may be used together in the same regimen. Yes, you should separate the use of Glycolic Acid and Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
More Faqs about Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin
Can I use Vitamin C Suspension 30% with Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% and Glycolic Acid Toning at the same time? It may not be necessary to apply both Vitamin C products in the same routine. We would suggest alternating between Glycolic Acid and Pure Vitamin C and waiting until your skin has adjusted to one before introducing another.
Can Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% at the same time as the The Ordinary Buffet? It is best to not use Peptides in the same routine as the following products: Direct acids, LAA (L-Ascorbic Acid) and ELAA (Ethylated Ascorbic Acid).
Can I use the Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin in the evening and the Niacinamide in the morning? Yes you can.
I use the Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin after Hyaluronic Acid and I get residue type flakes. Is there something that I’m doing wrong? “Pilling” often occurs due to many different reasons, for example amount of the product being applied, consistencies of the products being used in conjunction, the total number of products being applied, etc. You may be applying too much product onto your skin. Your skin can only absorb a certain amount of product, and any excess will be left on top of the skin so that when the next product is being applied, it rubs off. We recommend using 1-2 drops of each product, massaging it into the skin until it is fully absorbed in order to move onto the next. We hope this helps
79% of the Deciem Addict love it! 77% say it has improved their skin and 75% will be repurchasing it. Amazing results by the Deciem Addicts. Please remember, these votes are from many different people with all different skin types and concerns. These results certainly make me want to give this product a go!
Other Vitamin C Products
There are 8 Vitamin C products under The Ordinary brand. 5 Pure Vitamin C and 3 that are derivatives which have no conflicts. If you´re new to skincare, one of the derivatives would be a good option for you.
VITAMIN C (conflicts)
- 30% in Silicone
- Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
- Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
- Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution
- 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
VITAMIN C DERIVATIVES (no conflicts
- Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
- Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
OTHER DECIEM VITAMIN C PRODUCTS