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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.
gluten-free
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
vegan
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
paraben-free
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

benefits

  • 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.

ingredients

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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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C-12 pure bright serum
 
4.4

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (38)

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    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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88%

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5.0

I am hooked.

By 

from Easton, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I use this product everyday, and have seen dark spots lighten and skin brighten!

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth it!

By 

from Florida

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I actually got this from my mom a few years back since I had severe acne scarring and she had used it for her pregnancy mask (dark spots from pregnancy). I've used it continually since then and love it! My skin scars suuuuper easy from even the most minor, untouched blemish (which now is far better than when I was a teenager). This stuff evens any minor marks and dark spots. I was using it in conjunction with an Aveda product for a long time, but it does amazing on its own. It makes your skin silky smooth and doesn't leave any strange harsh scents behind like many products do. I also haven't ever experienced breakouts with this but I mainly use it aroun my jawline and mouth, not t-zone.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

C12 vs Biolique Recherche Pigm 400?

By 

from WI

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I am comparing ingredients in the two items to see the difference (both serve same purpose). Pigm 400 does not show full ingredients (typical skin care line scam proving to be something they can't explain fully). On other end C12 shows water as it's first ingredient. What is the active ingredient?

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really works on hyperpigmented skin!

By 

from California

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I've been using the C-12 pure bright serum for about 2 months on some patches of really hyperpigmented skin on my forearms and face and the difference is dramatic (I've also been using the powerbright day and night creams). It's worth the cost for something that actualy works!

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Great for uneven skin tone

By 

from Israel

Verified Buyer

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

Started using 2 months ago combined with other dermalogica products and already seeing results

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Extremely disappointed - ignore the reviews

By 

from Miami, FL

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I first tried this at a spa and decided to purchase it for myself. I've been using it for three weeks, and have noticed absolutely no change in my skin. Actually, some of the discoloration looks worse. I would've expected at least minimal improvement. I would like to return this product, but the return policy only allows you to return unused products. My final takeaway: there are far superior products on the market for a similar price.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

i've loved this for years

By 

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

this serum evens skin tone, and truly dives deep into skin

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No

By 

from Belmont

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

It messed up my reasonably healthy skin. Got a crazy break out. I will have to return this product :( :(

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Love this product

By 

from Los Angeles

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

Pricey, but absolutely worth it - I use it under my moisturizer everyday, and am really seeing my skin tone brighten and even out and my dark spots disappearing. Love it!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointed

By 

from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I recently bought the whole C-12 line from Dermalogica (serum, day and night creams) and I'm really disappointed. It doesn't seem to get absorbed by my skin, doesn't moisturize well, and it seems to be causing my skin to break out. What a waste if money.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • Q:

    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?
    Asked on 1/6/2018 by Veronica from Ca

    1 answer

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    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).
    Asked on 12/6/2017 by Bist from Michigan

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 12/11/2017 by Anonymous
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      A:

      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

      Answered on 12/7/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    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?
    Asked on 10/25/2017 by zahira from Nigeria

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 10/31/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hello, i'm an African American male looking for a new skin care regimen. I have sun damage around the eye area and my skin is more on the dry side. I was looking to get the pre-cleanse balm, creamy nourishing cleanser, the c-12 serum, and active moist. would these be a great combination or no? I would like to know before i purchase. :)
    Asked on 10/25/2017 by Cazi from Chicago, Illinois

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Cazi,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Precleanse, Essential Cleansing Solution, Antioxidant Hydramist, and The Power Bright TRX Kit.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/25/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can the c-12 serum be used while on accutane?
    Asked on 9/29/2017 by Meghan from Massachusetts

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      Hi Meghan,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, it can be used with Accutane. C 12 does not contain exfoliating properties.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 9/29/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I just started using the ultra calming cleanse, followed by ultra calming mist and then active moist and lastly ultra calming spf. I use the daily micro exfoliant as well at night. how would I incorporate this into my daily routine, I just bought the mini kit.
    Asked on 8/15/2017 by cass from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Cass,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use the serum in the following way:

      Morning
      Ultra Calming Cleanser
      Ultra Calming Mist
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum
      SPF

      Evening
      Ultra Calming Cleaner
      Daily Microfoliant
      Ultra Calming Mist
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum
      Active Moist

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 8/15/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can this be used with Retin A (Tretinoin) 0.025%? And if so, what would be the best way to go about using both? Thanks
    Asked on 8/10/2017 by Kev from London,CA

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Kev,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes this product can be used. Apply it as a serum step in the morning under SPF. Use your Tretinoin as directed at night.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 8/15/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I'm currently using the beta clear line. This is the order of my day and night Skincare, how can I incorpate the powerbright line? Day- special cleansing gel, microfoliant, multi-active toner, clearing mattifier, oil free matte. Night- pre-cleanse, special cleansing gel microfoliant, multi-active toner, overnight Clearing Gel.
    Asked on 8/7/2017 by Lindsia from Bahamas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Lindsia,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can incorporate C 12 Pure Bright Serum into your regimen in this way:

      Day
      Special Cleansing Gel
      Multi Active Toner
      Clearing Mattifier (T Zone/breakouts)
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum (hyperpigmentation areas)
      Oil Free Matte SPF 30

      Night
      Precleanse
      Special Cleansing Gel
      Daily Microfoliant
      Multi Active Toner
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum (hyper pigmentation spots)
      Overnight Clearing Gel (breakouts)

      Please note Daily Microfoliant should only be used once a day.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 8/8/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I'm currently using the beta clear line. This is the order of my day and night Skincare, how can I incorpate the powerbright line? Day- special cleansing gel, microfoliant, multi-active toner, clearing mattifier, oil free matte. Night- pre-cleanse, special cleansing gel microfoliant, multi-active toner, special cleanring
    Asked on 8/7/2017 by Lindsia from Bahamas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Lindsia,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can incorporate C 12 Pure Bright Serum in this way:

      Morning
      Special Cleansing Gel
      Daily Microfoliant
      Multi Active Toner
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum on hyperpigmentation and Clearing Mattifier on the T Zone
      Oil Free Matte SPF 30

      Evening
      Precleanse
      Special Cleansing Gel
      Multi Active Toner
      Night treatment

      Please note Daily Microfoliant should only be used once a day.

      Answered on 8/9/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I usually use the Pre cleanse, Essential Cleansing solution, followed by the multi-active toner spray and skin smoothing cream in the winter/active moist in the summer. Where would I fit in the c-12 serum and pure light/night? Would they replace my toner and moisturizers?
    Asked on 6/20/2017 by SmilesALot26 from Long Island, NY

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You may use the products mentioned in this way:

      Morning
      Essential Cleansing Solution
      Multi Active Toner
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum
      Pure Light SPF 50

      Evening
      Precleanse
      Essential Cleansing Solution
      Multi Active Toner
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum
      Skin Smoothing Cream

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 6/21/2017 by Anonymous
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