Tested on animals:No
This pricey treatment from Dermalogica is supposed to treat brown spots and uneven skin tone, but most of the ingredients the company claims will do that are lacking research proving they have much, if any, efficacy on controlling excess melanin (skin pigment) production. But, there’s reason to be hopeful!
The oligopeptides this skin lightener contains have some promise, but the research shows that while they may be potentially effective at interrupting melanin synthesis, tripeptides such as those connected to lightening ingredient kojic acid are superior (Sources: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, ePublication, October 2014; and Experimental Dermatology, August 2012, pages 563–568). Still, peptides may prove to be helpful “partner” ingredients to pair with more established lightening ingredients.
Phytic acid, which Dermalogica calls out as another lightening ingredient in this treatment, has no published research documenting its effectiveness on brown spots—so you’re essentially banking (and it’s a lot of bank!) on the oligopeptides working as claimed.
The water-based, serum-like texture absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling silky-smooth, and it’s also fragrance-free, which is unusual for Dermalogica (many of their products are scented the fragrant plant oils). C-12 Pure Bright Serum is suitable for all skin types, but it’s a potentially effective product we’d advise you to use in tandem with a skin lightener that contains a more robust mix of ingredients research has shown to lighten brown spots. For example, you could pair this product with a vitamin C – or hydroquinone-based skin lightener and potentially see enhanced results. Many people struggling with skin discolorations need to use a mix of lightening ingredients rather than just one, so this multi-pronged approach may be the key to success.
- Lightweight texture works with any moisturizer.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- The oligopeptides might be of some use for lightening brown spots.
- On the pricey side given the potential effectiveness of the lightening ingredients is questionable.
- Most of the ingredients Dermalogica says will lighten brown spots lack research supporting the claim.