Hyperpigmentation Vitamin C

Best Vitamin C Serum for Hyperpigmentation

July 23, 2021

The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is the best Vitamin C for hyperpigmentation. That’s it! End of post. 

Except, it cost $166, so we have to find alternatives aka dupes. 

In this post, we’ll be looking at the best Vitamin C serum for hyperpigmentation.


We’ll cover

  • Why is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic the best?
  • SkinCeuticals dupes
  • Real-life reviews and some before and after photos of all the Vitamins C serums mentioned in this video
  • Things to know about using Vitamin C serum, to avoid wasting your time and money
  • What to combine with  Vitamin C for best results
  • When to expect results


  • Why is SkinCeuticals the best? 

Because Vitamin C is a pretty unstable ingredient. It reacts negatively when exposed to oxygen, rendering it ineffective. I’ve read that most Vitamin C beauty products on the market do not have any antioxidant activity  (anti-aging benefits) because the Vitamin C they put in the formula has oxidized. I’ve also heard dermatologists say this as well. That said, after years of research and development, SkinCeuticals found a way to stabilize Vitamin C. When they did, they filed a patent application on the formulation and got it approved-meaning no other brands can use their method or formulation. Otherwise, lawsuits. This also gives Skinceuticals a competitive advantage and allows them the liberty of charging such a high rate for their Vitamin C serum.


  • SkinCeuticals dupes

These vitamin c dupes may not be as well researched as Skinceuticals C E Ferulic but they can deliver similar results. The most popular Skinceuticals dupe is the Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C serum. If you look at both products you will notice that they have very similar ingredients. The Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C serum costs about $29. If you’re not bothered about Vitamin C’s anti-aging benefits and are looking to include vitamin c in your routine for glowy skin, then these two Timeless c +e Ferulic acid and Melano CC will do. According to skincare reddit, they are the two best Vitamin C  serums with a reasonable price rate. If you are looking to target fine lines and discoloration, SkinCeuticals or Vichy will probably be a better choice.


  • Reviews

Skinceuticals: https://www.skinceuticals.com/c-e-ferulic-with-15-l-ascorbic-acid-635494263008.html

Vichy: https://www.vichyusa.com/skin-care/skin-care-product-type/face-serum/liftactiv-vitamin-c-serum-3337875560931.html

Melano cc: https://www.yesstyle.com/en/rohto-mentholatum-melano-cc-vitamin-c-essence-20ml/info.html/pid.1050016484

Timeless: https://www.yesstyle.com/en/timeless-skin-care-20-vitamin-c-e-ferulic-acid-serum-30ml1oz/info.html/pid.1067361025

  • Things to know about using Vitamin C to avoid wasting your time & money 
  1. Look for a serum in an opaque, airtight tube or bottle. 
  2. Close the lid tightly after each use.
  3. Store your Vitamin C serum in the fridge
  4. Never store Vitamin C serum in the bathroom – heat
  5. Discard your serum once it turns yellow or brown
  6. Purchase small bottles of Vitamin C serum so you don’t waste any. Vitamin C serum expires after a few months, only buy what you think will use before the expiration date.


  • What to combine with Vitamin c for best results  

Vitamin C is a highly unstable molecule and it oxidizes quickly therefore it is best used in combination with other depigmenting agents. For example, glycolic acid or kojic acid.


  • When to expect results 

If you’ve been consistent, you can expect results in 4 weeks. For even better results, wait for 12 weeks.


Products mentioned

▶ SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic https://bit.ly/3hzq1Fk

▶ Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C serum https://fxo.co/CP7N

▶ Timeless C+E Ferulic acid https://amzn.to/3ksIJ3B

▶ Melano CC https://amzn.to/3yZG0Tf


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