C-12 pure bright serum

potent skin brightening treatment

Lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity.Learn More

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C-12 pure bright serum

Lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity. Contains an exclusive blend of Oligopeptides, plus Rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate, and Red and Brown Algae to help regulate melanin (pigment) formation to treat hyperpigmentation at its source.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Helps brighten skin, minimize discoloration and improve skin clarity.
  • Is a silky-rich, highly-potent treatment that absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy.
  • Helps address pigmentation imbalance.

how to use

After cleansing, apply directly to areas of uneven skin tone. For best results, use twice daily. Allow one minute for product absorption. For best results, follow with Pure Light SPF50 during the day and Pure Night during the evening.

quick tip

Protect your skin from UV rays – a top contributor to brown spots and uneven skin tone – by regularly applying Pure Light SPF50.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Oligopeptide-34, Oligopeptide-51, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polysorbate 60, Phytic Acid, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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part of powerbright trx product system

Brighter skin, without compromise. Get uneven skin tone under control.

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PowerBright TRx™

Brighter skin, without compromise.

PowerBright TRx™ is the product of several years of research on melanin biosynthesis and skin brightening by the skin health experts at Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute.

Designed to be layered onto the skin for optimum efficacy, PowerBright TRx™ works around the clock to banish brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone for your brightest skin ever.

how it works

Brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone are all signs of hyperpigmentation, the treatment of which is a multi-faceted process. When integrated into your Dermalogica regimen, PowerBright TRx uses skin-brightening agents to control hyperpigmentation and eliminate dark spots while UV-boosting technology helps protect against future hyperpigmentation.

I wouldn't buy this product again


Ok, I generally never do any reviews but this one I had to write as I was excepting some really good results after this one but it failed on every promise. So I thought after spending hundreds of dollars on Dermalogica products and not achieving any results I should let others know as well. Might save someone some money. I have a combination skin with some sun damage and pigmentation. Which isn't very bad. My concern was Melasma which just started to appear on my upper lip area. It was just a starting so I thought I better get it fixed before it gets too dark. Again I would like to mention that its not bad yet. Only I seem to notice it since I am very particular about my skin. A girl from Endota Spa recommended that I start using some of the Dermalogica products so she introduced me to this one. I was very hopeful based on the praise of Endota Spa's staff's regarding this and I used the whole bottle along with the Special Cleansing Cleanser, Daily Microfoliant followed by Pure Bright Serum and Pure Bright Day Cream with SPF50 and in the night their Pure Brigh Night Cream. BUT I DIDN'T WORK AT ALL!!! NONE OF THE PRODUCTS MADE ANY DIFFERENCE TO MY SKIN. I used them religiously without any miss, kept myself hydrated but it didn't fade a single pigmentation on my face, NOT A SINGLE ONE. AND THE TEXTURE OF MY SKIN REMAINS THE SAME. SO M VERY DISAPPOINTED AS I HAVE WASTED SO MUCH MONEY ON DERMALOGICA PRODUCTS AND HAD VERY HIGH HOPES. So no I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED DERMALOGICA USER.





Use especially at nights with Pure Night. Very light on skin. A little costly

Miami, Florida


Love this stuff!


I love the silkiness of this serum. My skin looks bright and diminishes the pigmentation on my skin.

Mechanicsburg, OH


I like the product but it's making my skin real dry


I bought the pure bright range serum, night cream and the SPF 50. Three weeks plus later I have notice my skin is brighter which I love. But my skin has also become extremely dry, is this normal while on the products. Do I add a moisturiser apart from the pure night and pure day? Would love to hear from someone.

Nairobi, Kenya


Worth the money


Used for 10 days and already see some results in skin elasticity and softness.

Santa Cruz


not again


after reading review here i thought i should give a try ... i bought this with pure light and pure night . but after spending 200 plus i am very disappointed that there is no difference at all .that is why i am not buying this again.



Results in the first week!!


I use a small amount in the morning and evening before moisturizing. My brown spots lightened significantly after just one week of use!



I'm undecided


I have uneven skin tone and this product was recommended to me. It seems to be brightening my skin while at the same time drying it out. I am alsi experiencing acne and bumps on my skin. Not sure Its worth it as my skin is incredibly uncomfortable now.

Portland, OR


Yes I would


I was highly recommended this range by a friend. Been using it for two mOnths and do see my skin clearing slowly, however much of the pigmentation is still ther. Will take time I guess Unfortunately as It's clearing up my skin, it's really drying it out and my skin is very rough and bumpy with small acne after two months. I have always had very good skin apart from pigmentation.I'm using the purelight and pure night . What can I alter in this regimen to prevent this but continue the serum as I want to wait and use Dermalogica till I decide to go for a new skIn care line.



Works ok


Haven't used it very long but it does seem to help w discoloration




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I used c12 pure bright serum and it caused very painful bumps and acne on my whole face.i stopped it and start using after some break, it again caused me the same reaction..Sadly, I never expected such bad reaction from an expensive and renowned brand product . Looking forward for your helpful response...Very disappointed.


Hello, Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for your negative experience. Please contact webhelp@dermalogica.com for help with an exchange. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Can I continue to use this when I am pregnant?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, PowerBright TRX is safe during pregnancy. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hi I have got pigmentation on my upperlip area and chin. I also have lots of dark circles. My skin is sensitive and I'm not sure which products I should use for pigmentation and dark circles. Thanks Khadija


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use The Power Bright TRX Kit for hyper pigmentation. You can use Stress Positive Eye Lift on the under eye area. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I have dark acne scars caused by hyperpigmentation - is this the right product to treat it? Also, should I be using it with other products? Thanks


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This can help post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It will not reverse texture acne scars. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Are you able to use the product year round or do you need to cycle it in and out of your skin routine?


Hello Nicole, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For best results, use Power Bright TRX year round to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I'm just wondering if the brightening products can somehow be used in combination with the age smart products. I would like to incorporate the pure night, pure bright, and c-12 into my regimen but I'm not quite sure how to do this and get the best results to help with hyperpigmentation as well as aging. A lot of the instructions say to use twice daily. Right now I use the age smart eye cream with retinol, the age smart serum, and the age smart overnight repair with retinol. Any advice on the best way to go about this? Thank you Kara


Hello Kara, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Retinol also brightens the skin. You can use Overnight Retinol Repair. When you finish the bottle, switch off to Power Bright. When you finish off the Power Bright bottles, switch back to Overnight Retinol Repair. You can continue in that fashion. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Can I use this in addition to the daily resurfacer? I have sun spots and I'm not sure whether to be using this or switching to the retinol repair and scrapping the exfoliant. Can you give advice please? Thanks!


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Daily Resurfacer and Power Bright to start. When you run out of product, use Overnight Retinol Repair with no exfoliants. When you run out of Overnight Retinol Repair, go back to exfoliating and using Power Bright, etc. Kind Regards, Bernadette

How can i include this with after cleansing I use active toner, phyto replenish oil ,and active moist. At night I use overnight repair serum. And would this make me break out? I have sun damage would it help?


Hello Veronica, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this to spot treat hyper pigmentation before your oil step and after your toner step. Kind Regards, Bernadette

What is the pH of the c-12 pure bright serum? I'd like to find a place for it within my current regime without having to sacrifice my Vitamin c 10% (pH 2.5-3.0) and daily exfoliant (pH 3.5-4.0).


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Our products are pH balanced to the skin and fall within a 4-6 range. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Most all of our products are pH balanced to the skin and will fall in the 4-6 range. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I am 16 years, and i am a little fair, will the product work for me? will the product also make my skin brighter and lighter?


Hello Zahira, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This serum is to even out hyperpigmentation. It does not lighten the skin as a whole. It is best recommended for adults with hyperpigmentation. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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