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Friday, January 29, 2021

Review: The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA #TheOrdinary #AlphaArbutin #HyaluronicAcid #Beauty #Skincare #Hyperpigmentation

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1 fl.oz./30mL $8.90

If you are like me, or for that matter just about most people, then you probably suffer from some form of hyperpigmentation. And because of this you are unhappy about it I am sure. Luckily though there are quite a few ingredients that will help you in actually helping to tame this problem. There is niacinamide, kojic acid, azelaic acid, hydroquinone and then there is the new kid on the block, alpha arbutin. 

Today I will be discussing The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA. It is an alternative to hydroquinone that helps lighten the skin by suppressing the enzymes that produce melanin in the melanocytes. The Ordinary has it at a 2% concentration versus a standard 1% concentration and also includes a next generation form of hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) for enhanced delivery. Alpha Arbutin is much stronger in effect that Arbutin or or Beta Arbutin. It works differently than niacinamide, which inhibits melanosome transfer of melanocytes to keratinocytes. Alpha arbutin is extremely sensitive to degradation in the presence of water if the pH level is not ideal. For this formulation the pH level is 4.9. 

To use: apply a few drops to the face AM and PM as part of your skincare regimen. Use sunscreen in the AM. If irritation occurs, discontinue and consult a physician. Do not use on unbroken skin. Patch testing is advised. 

I have been using it for about a couple of months. Now, I will admit to also using other products prior to this but just noticed a major difference when I added the alpha arbutin to the equation. I mix up my skincare products and add products into my routine. 

This product is equal in strength to a 2% hydroquinone but doesn't lighten the entire skin, just the hyperpigmentation. Like all Ordinary products, this one is very effective. It can be used alone or with acids like Lactic Acid 10%, Lactic Acid 5% or the AHA 30% + BHA 2% to help lighten up hyperpigmentation. Using either of those of products will give you better results than just using the 2% Alpha Arbutin alone. That is if you can tolerate AHAs. The lactic acid is more gentle and can be used by any skin type. It exfoliates quite well and helps to have the dead skin cells shed quicker, as well as lightening up pigmentation by evening out skin tone. The AHA 30 + BHA 2% is for those who can tolerate intense acids only and will lighten up hyperpigmentation well with the alpha arbutin. The Alpha Arbutin 2% +HA also has hyaluronic acid in it to add in some much needed moisture, which is always good in any case. So if you are looking for some relief for hyperpigmentation, try this product. I doubt you will be disappointed.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA retails for $8.90 and can be purchased online at ordianay.deciem.comike DECIEM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deciem/; Follow Deciem on Twitter: @deciem and Follow DECIEM on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deciem/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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