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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.

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4.4

(based on 58 reviews)

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    (42)

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5.0

A must have !!!!!!

By 

from NWO.

After being in the Rocky Mountains skiing. This product was a skin saver !!! I am totally in love with this. I will never go a day with out using. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I can't imagine ever being without this product!

By 

from Greensboro, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

I use this twice per day to brighten my skin and fade freckles and age spots. It works!

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65
 
5.0

It WORKS

By 

from Hurst Texas

You have to use this every day after you clean your face. I had two age spots on my face and after 6 months of use they are gone! You have to be consistent to get the results. I left c-12 on my bathroom counter so I don't forget to use it, and the tube lasts a long time. I still have tons left for when I see another spot or so in the future. I am a man 61 years old.

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65
 
1.0

Dried out my skin

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from Leeds

I was really excited about this product. I read all the reviews, did my research and it was all positive. This product arrives and immediately i start using it. Now my skin is soooooo dry and it just made it horrible. Mind you I already had VERY OILY skin but now it is completely dry. such a shame. I need answers. Why is this happening?

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Absorbs quickly and completely

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from Northern California

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Comments about C-12 pure bright serum:

Super-nice lotion-like serum that absorbs completely with no oily or weird residue. I haven't used it long enough to notice any change in my skin, but the product is so pleasant to use that it encourages regular use.

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65
 
5.0

LOVE IT but NOT LOVING "Out of Stock" for ages!!

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from Devon

Love this products but truly disappointing that been OUT OF STOCK for ages!

Left one last bottle and been checking in for the past few months and NO STOCK :-(

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am hooked.

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from Easton, PA

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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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth it!

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from Florida

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 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

C12 vs Biolique Recherche Pigm 400?

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from WI

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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really works on hyperpigmented skin!

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from California

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

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  • Q:

    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
    Asked on 4/13/2018 by E from Toronto

    1 answer

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 4/18/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Are you able to use the product year round or do you need to cycle it in and out of your skin routine?
    Asked on 3/17/2018 by Nicole from Upland, CA

    1 answer

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 3/23/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    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
    Asked on 3/2/2018 by Kara from Manchester NH

    1 answer

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 3/13/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    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!
    Asked on 2/27/2018 by fab@50 from Vancouver, B.C

    1 answer

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      A:

      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

      Answered on 3/2/2018 by Anonymous
  • 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

    2 answers

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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

    1 answer

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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

    1 answer

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      A:

      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
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