The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Reviews & FAQ’s

Updated January 2023

  • 75% of the Deciem Addicts love it
  • 72% say Alpha Arbutin has improved their skin
  • 74% will repurchase it
  • Scores 4.3/5 on the Deciem website
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dark spots
  • Available in 30ml & 60ml

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Reviews by the Deciem Addicts and the moderators of the Facebook Group.

Alpha Arbutin Reviews
  • What is Alpha Arbutin, and what does it do?
  • When and how do I use Alpha Arbutin?
  • Does Alpha Arbutin have any conflicts?
  • The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Reviews
  • Where to buy The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin
  • The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin fake products
  • FAQS
  • Available in 30ml & 60ml. Check prices in your currency here

What is Alpha Arbutin & what does it do?

Deciem says: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is our well-loved and well-known concentrated serum working to reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Our Alpha Arbutin is biosynthetic, which is a complicated way to say that sciency-and-complex multi-step processes are involved in deriving the molecule from nature.

It’s used at a high 2% concentration and is supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced skin delivery. Alpha Arbutin is extremely sensitive to degradation in the presence of water if the pH of the formulation is not ideal. ⁣⁣
The pH of this formula is approximately 4.9, which is shown to be the most suitable pH minimize the degradation of Alpha Arbutin.  

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When & How Do I Use Alpha Arbutin?

  • Use Alpha Arbutin in the morning and/or evening.
  • Alpha Arbutin is water-based and should be applied directly after cleansing or alongside other water-based products and before any oils or moisturisers.
  • Apply a few drops in the palm of your hands and apply to the face.
  • Massage or pat until the product is fully absorbed before applying the next product.

Does Alpha Arbutin have any conflicts?

  • The only product Alpha Arbutin shouldn’t be mixed with is The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder due to its pH level. Apart from that, Alpha Arbutin has no other conflicts, so it’s a really easy product to fit into your skincare routine.

Alpha Arbutin – different colours

Many questions in the Facebook Group are about the colour of Alpha Arbutin. These photos were taken at The Ordinary store in Covent Garden, and as you can see, one is clear, and one is darker. The staff say this happens once opened, but it is perfectly fine.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Fake Products

This is very clearly a fake of The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin. The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin is only available in 30ml & 60ml bottles. To avoid buying counterfeit products, only purchase through The Ordinary authorised stockists.

Even bottles and boxes direct from The Ordinary may vary slightly. Some say US oz, and some say fl oz on the front. Text may vary slightly on the sides of the box.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Fake
An example of a counterfeit The Ordinary product

Reviews of The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin

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Jen on Instagram: Alpha Arbutin is nice to use and sits well under makeup or other layers of serums. It is a great addition to a routine that targets mild pigmentation and supports a hydrating routine.  I didn’t get a great result with this on my medium-level pigmentation and ended up switching over to NIOD Re: Pigment.

Love love love it!! I am on my second bottle.

Absolutely love The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin.

Love it!! This is my 3rd bottle of The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin. I use it together with Niacinamide.

I had quite a few dark spots around my hairline and cheek, and Alpha Arbutin completely got rid of them. This one is one of my favourites! What I will say is it takes a while to see results, but it worked id say I used half the bottle when I saw the results I wanted. I continued to use it until it was done, and the spots haven’t come back..even after I stopped using it.

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It’s the only product that worked to fade my dark spots. I worked in the beauty-fragrance area of a MAJOR dept store for almost 25 years, so I’ve tried every high-end product out there with very little results. Alpha Arbutin is the product that helped my spots fade in about 3 months. I love it!

I’ve been using it for about six months. I had noticed a slight difference by the time I finished the first bottle, so I was excited to continue. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any more improvement even after several months. I will finish the bottle I have but will no longer purchase.

Yes, I love The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin! I just ran out, so I purchased The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin combo from Sephora…hope it works as well.

I use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% together every morning on my face, neck, arms and chest. It’s fading all my freckles from too many holidays without sunscreen.

Alpha Arbutin FAQS

These questions have been featured on social media and answered by The Ordinary.

Is the alpha arbutin+ha serum non-comedogenic? We specifically avoid comedogenic ingredients.

If using The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin and The Ordinary Niacinamide, which one goes first? We suggest using them in the order you’ve written, Alpha Arbutin followed by Niacinamide.

Can I use Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA with Vitamin Suspension 30% in Silicone? Yes, this combination sounds great!

Can I use the Alpha Arbutin with Hyaluronic Acid? Yes indeed! 

Can I use Alpha Arbutin 2% and Lactic acid 10% in the same routine? Yes, you may.

Can I use Alpha Arbutin + Azelaic Acid? Yes, sounds great!

Why is Alpha Arbutin not available in Australia? We’re so sorry! Due to regulatory restrictions, they are not available in Australia or New Zealand at this time. To target brightening, you may wish to explore our Vitamin C range 

Final thoughts on Alpha Arbutin

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75% of the Deciem Addicts love The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin. 72% say it has improved their skin, and a huge 74% will be repurchasing it. Another product you could try is Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin.

Where to buy The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin

Buy direct from The Ordinary with free delivery on orders over 25$€ or through one of the many authorised stockists.

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