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The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Reviews & FAQ’s

Alpha Arbutin 2%+HA Reviews Page – Have you just heard about The Ordinary and are wondering if you should add Alpha Arbutin to your collection? If you´re looking for a brightening serum for uneven skin tone, then this could be the one for you!

Your Quick 15-Second Summary of Alpha Arbutin

  • Alpha Arbutin is a brightening serum for uneven skin tone
  • 75% of the Deciem Addicts love it
  • Solution: It is water-based, so you can apply this directly after cleansing
  • When: This can be used in the morning and evening.
  • Conflicts: No conflicts!
  • Sizes: Alpha Arbutin is now available in 2 sizes, 30ml & 60ml
  • Value For Money: Just over 10$ for 30ml. I think Alpha Arbutin is a good value product.
  • The Ordinary offers a 365-day refund policy.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Reviews

Here is everything you need to know about Alpha Arbutin, including reviews and faqs.

Unboxing The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin

See the product before you buy it! The packaging, bottle, instructions, colour and consistency.

What is Alpha Arbutin & what does it do?

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is a concentrated serum that works to reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Alpha Arbutin is biosynthetic, which is a complicated way to say that 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 to minimize the degradation of Alpha Arbutin.  

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.

Alpha Arbutin different colours

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

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Reviews

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.” – Jen on Instagram:

Love, love love Alpha Arbutin! I am on my second bottle.

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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 it.

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.

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


What does The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin do? AA is a brightening serum for uneven skin tone and targets dark spots and pigmentation.

What not to mix with Alpha Arbutin? The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin doesn´t have any conflicts, making it a fantastic serum to fit into any skincare routine.

Can The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin be used daily? Yes, you can use it daily.

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!

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Is it ok to use The OrdinaryAlpha Arbutin with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid? Yes indeed! 

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

Alpha Arbutin + Azelaic Acid – are these ok together? Yes, that sounds great!

Why is Alpha Arbutin not available in Australia? It is now available in Australia.

Final thoughts on Alpha Arbutin

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.

Tell Us What You Think!

We hope you found this Alpha Arbutin review useful. On that note, we invite you to share your personal experiences or queries about The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin. Join the conversation and become a part of our community in The Deciem Chat Room.

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